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We are a group of people of varying competences sharing a common interest in woodturning of all sorts.


Our aims as set out in our constitution are:-


1. To foster friendship amongst woodturners in the area.


2. To impart knowledge and expand the craft of woodturning.




Meeting of the club will be held on Second And Fourth Thursday of the month @7.30 pm, at the Pembroke 21c Foundry House(Foundry House, Orange Way, Pembroke, SA71 4DR).


Woodturners Mess A Round


Some of our Competition entries.

May AGM Meeting

Minutes of 2015 AGM


Held 14th May 2015 in C21 Foundry House, Orange Way, Pembroke.



1Welcome and apologies

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7-30 and welcomed all to this the sixth AGM.

No apologies were received.

There were 18 attendees, which was sufficient for a quorum under the Constitution requirements.


2 Comments resulting from 2014 AGM Minutes

There were no comments from last year’s minutes. Jerome Kelleher proposed they were a true record, seconded by Eddie Edison.


3Matters Arising


Last year two issues were causing concern with the C21 as a venue for our meetings; the storage of equipment and car parking.

John Charnock sent letter to C21 outlining our problems and managed to secure improved accommodation for equipment with a cupboard in the main hall, however, the parking remains a problem due to the building being surrounded by common land and a reluctance by the town council to grant permission for any development on it.


Young members

Last year members of Lamphey Scouts attended rudimentary turning tuition sessions, several of them indicated a desire to join the club. This raises issues of minimum age, cost and chid protection legislation.

The committee has considered all the issues and proposed a club policy based on the AWGB guidance document policy (attached as Appendix 1).

There was much discussion which surrounded the minimum age proposed of 14, the cost for an accompanying parent or guardian, the suggestion that parents used the club as a means of getting away from younger persons and possible aggravation of the parking issue.

Following the extensive discussion a proposal by Jerome Kelleher seconded by that the policy be accepted seconded by Bruce Wright that was passed by a majority vote.

Clarification of the AWGB insurance situation for both young person and guardian required.

Action: John Charnock



4Report by Chairman

John Blake briefly reported on the years activities, covering some of the highlights in more detail.

He gave special thanks to the members for their support and also thanked his committee for their efforts.

John also gave special thanks to Sonya and Mary for their work in providing refreshments at the monthly meetings and thanks to the staff of the 21C centre.

John also informed the members that following suggestions by members he had ordered a set of Forsner bits, Jacobs chuck and a set of twist drills

The full transcript of his report is attached as Appendix 2.


5Report by Treasurer

Richard Smith presented his report; a copy is attached as Appendix 3:

The club is in a sound financial position despite spending more last year than income (new Jet lathe) and is still able to purchase more essential equipment and arrange professional demonstrations without the need to increase membership fees.



6Election of Club Officers

•John Charnock having reached 4 years in post had to stand down however; there have been no nominations for the vacant post. After some discussion John agreed to stand for a further term of office. A proposal for John to start a new 3 year term by Bruce Wright, seconded by Bill Kellaway was passed unanimously.


•Richard Smith has also reached the end of 3 years in post and agreed to continue for a further 3 years term, Proposed by Jerome, seconded by Bert Alexius and was also agreed unanimously.



For some years the members have given the Committee authority to purchase equipment up to the value of £200 per item, after a short discussion the members agreed this could continue.

After discussion it was agreed that the club purchase a Sorby pro-edge sharpening kit, proposed by Bert Alexius seconded by Eddie Edison and passed unanimously.


7Co-opted Member

John Blake informed the members that Phil Smith had volunteered to undertake sundry duties for the organisation of the club. These duties to include such things as Demonstrations, Competitions, Events and the raffle with help from others. For this he will need to be in contact with the committee, John Blake therefore proposed he be co-opted onto the committee, seconded by John Charnock and passed unanimously.





8Competition Prizes

The Christmas competition was won by Mark Howells with his pencil clock.

The AGM prize was won jointly by Bert Alexius with his excellent ball.

The prize for the best cumulative performance went jointly to Gerald Gardiner, Bert Alexius and Mark Howells.




•Hands on Evenings.

Eddie Edison enquired the fate of the hands on evenings; John B advised that due to lack of support both by attendees and “trainers” there had been a suspension of these evenings until September.

There was a proposal by Bert Alexius that we use of main club evenings to also run “a hands on group” for anyone needing tuition in a corner of the room and have a second table with members work in progress displayed.

It was also agreed that when we re-commenced the 4th Thursday hands on meeting in September it would be without charge to the attendees but the popularity of the meeting to be kept under review.



10Meeting close

The meeting was closed by the Chairman at 9-40pm.




1.Appendix 1Child Protection Policy

2.Appendix 2Chairman’s Report

3.Appendix 3Treasurer’s Report




Post Meeting Note


Competition for the next meeting in June, a pair of matching light pulls

Appendix 1

Pembrokeshire Woodturners

Child Protection Policy

The designated child protection officer is: John Blake


The alternative child protection officer is: John Charnock


We recognise that the welfare of children is paramount and that we have a duty of care when they are in our charge. We will do everything we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.


Pembrokeshire Woodturners welcome young persons to our club from the age of 14 years to age 18 years. During this period they can only attend the club meetings and events when accompanied by a parent or guardian, membership to the club and AWGB is free but the parent or guardian has to join both the club and AWGB for insurance purposes.


We will:

Treat all children with respect and celebrate their achievements

Carefully recruit and select all adults whether paid or voluntary

Respond to concerns and allegations appropriately

Adopt the AWGB 'Members’ Guidelines'

When there are concerns about the welfare of any child/young person all adults in our organisation are expected to share those with the designated child protection officer.

He/ she is responsible for:

Monitoring and recording concerns

Making referrals to social services without delay

Liaison with other agencies

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, through confirming this Policy Document, has indicated its determination to ensure that children and young people can participate in Woodturning with their safety and welfare being of paramount importance.


Signed: Signed:





I agree to be bound by the above Policy.



AWGB Branch

Child Protection Policy – Members’ Guidelines


As members of the Pembrokeshire Woodturners and the AWGB, you need to be aware of the concept of child abuse and have some background information to help to adopt good practice when working with young people. These guidelines are taken directly from the AWGB Handbook and represent best practice in this very difficult area. All further references to the AWGB also means members of Pembrokeshire Woodturners


Always remember it is not your responsibility to decide if abuse has taken place. However, it is your responsibility to act upon these concerns.


Abuse is a powerful and emotive term and is used to describe ways in which children may be harmed, usually by adults and often by those they know and trust. There are five main areas of abuse of which you should be aware:

Emotional Abuse occurs when adults persistently fail to show children due care, love or affection. Where a child may be subjected to unrealistic pressure and constantly shouted at and given responsibility for which they are not yet ready.

Physical Abuse occurs when adults, or even children, deliberately inflict injuries on a child, or knowingly do not prevent such injuries.

Bullying occurs when repeated aggressive, verbal, psychological or physical contact by an individual or group. It can include physical, verbal, emotional, racist and sexual abuse, comments and gestures.

Neglect this occurs when a child's basic needs for food, warmth and care are not met, including failure to prevent a child from exposure to any kind of danger.

Sexual abuse both girls and boys can be sexually abused by adults, who use children to meet their own sexual needs and desires either through participation or forced observation.

Safeguarding, the welfare of children and young people is paramount. The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain has a moral obligation and legal responsibility to provide the highest possible standard of care when we welcome young people into our branches and association.


Guidelines for good practice for the AWGB

Everyone should be aware that as a general rule, it does not make good sense for a supervising adult to:

Spend excessive amounts of time alone with children/young people away from others.

Take young people alone on car journeys, however short, without parental approval.

Take children/young people to your home, without parental approval.

Help children with their clothing or get changed encourage parents to do this.


You should NEVER:

Engage in inappropriate physical contact, including horseplay.

Share a room with a child.

Permit children to use unacceptable or explicit language unchallenged.

Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.

Agree to meet a child on your own, outside the context of normal duties.

Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.


Key principles of good practice for the AWGB

Adopting these principles will help you to create an environment in which:

Children are listened to, given a sense of belonging and kept safe.

Volunteers who work with children and young people are supported and protected.

Parents are supported and encouraged.


Safe environment this will be done by:

Providing an adequate level of supervision.

Keeping records of attendances, complaints and accidents.

Producing procedures for dealing with suspicions.

Identifying a person in charge if child protection.

Protecting both workers and children.

Understanding the child's right to self-protection.


Dealing with concerns this will be done by:

Listening but not leading the child.

Observing changes in behaviour.

Believing but do not promise confidentiality.

Reassuring be sensitive to situation.

Acting immediately and explaining to child what you are going to do.


Getting support

Referring to right body.

Recording allegations or suspicion of abuse

Please remember if an incident occurs the basic information needed is as follows:

Name of Child, age, telephone number and address.

Parents name.


Additional Factors.

Are you recording the report based on your concerns or passing on the concerns of someone else? Please detail as clearly as possible.

What has prompted the concerns and include date, times of any specific incidents. Is there any physical/behavioural or indirect signs? Has the child been spoken to and if so what was said. Have the parents been contacted and if so, what was said. Has anyone been alleged to be the abuser? If so record details. Has anyone else been consulted? If so record details


Points of Contact – we suggest you obtain these numbers for your area and update the details below.

[County] Social Services Tel No(HELPLINE)

[County] Police Tel No

Childline 24 hours 0800 1111

NSPCC 24 hours 0800 800500

Children's Legal Centre 0207 3596251







Appendix 2


Pembrokeshire Woodturners AGM

Chairman’s Report May 14th 2015



Good evening and welcome to Pembrokeshire Woodturners sixth AGM hard to believe. Here is a brief resume of the years activity.


June;- Brilliant demo by Bert on toy making, how to go about it and how to make the various jigs.

Competition;- A cruet set, the best entry was judged to be Bruce's


July;- I covered hollowing techniques using the Roly Munro hollower and scraper.

Competition;- Won by Bill Kellaway with a Steam engine and Bruce Wright's Model Canon.


August;- Nathan Roberts showed us his skill with a scroll saw, I missed that one so may ask Nathan for a repeat.



Sept :-Mark Howells and I did pen making, Mark brought along his Laser engraver to show how it works on pens, Steve Jaques also showed his method of pen production.

Competiyion :- Jointly by Bert and Dougie.


Oct :- John Marshall did an excellent demo of clock making, showing us the various stages and finishing techniques.

Competition :-Mark Howells produced a highly polished Yew Pen to gain most points.


Nov :- Christmas ornaments.

Competition :- Mark Howells brought along his Pencil Clock to wipe the board !


Dec :- Bert demonstrated his decorative Bell and Christmas tree, I showed how to make simple tree using just a skew and narrow parting tool. Bert also showed his homemade coles jaw chuck.

Competition :- Mark Howells with a very nice Father Christmas.


Jan :- Mark and Lisa Raby demonstrated colouring and finishing techniques. It was very sad to hear that a couple of weeks later Mark sadly passed away after a very short illness. The club sent a card to Lisa and a donation in stead of flowers.

Competition :- Mark judged some of our clubs best turnings and decided that Mark Howells Pencil clock was best exhibit.


Feb :- Basic bowl turning.


March :- Bert made whistles, both single and double fluted, really interesting demo and frustrating to make as I found out.

Competition :- Bruce made a beautifull natural edge vase.

Also in March we held our annual dinner at the Plas Hafryd Hotel in Narberth, all who attended enjoyed the evening. Thanks to the Plas staff.


April :- I showed how to make free hand balls and how to hold between centres with shop made cups on the tail and headstock.

Competition :- A whistle jointly won by three members.





At this time I would like to thank John Charnock, Hon Sec, Richard Smith Hon Treasurer, Jerome Kellerher our webmaster, Phil Smith for the raffle and helping with the competitions and all members who stay behind to help clear up after demo's.

A very special voted of thanks to Mary and Sonya without their catering skills and cake making our club evenings would not be so enjoyable.

Thank you also to the staff of 21c who are most helpfull (parking excluded) and for letting us use the cupboard for storage, which has be a vast improvement on the previous system.


Thank you.


Appendix 3


Treasurer’s Report for the Financial Year April 2014 to March 2015

Income and Expenditure


The attached spreadsheet shows the detailed month by month figures for the financial year with the resultant excess of expenditure over income being £428.12 that can be explained by the investment in our new lathe and associated tools.


In the last financial year attendance at the ‘Hands On’ evenings is charged at £1 per head as this helps towards the cost of the room hire which is £8.00 per hour and we pay for two hours. The cost of the ‘Hands On’ evenings was £171 and the income received was £118 thus making a loss for the year of £53.


The item £150 in ‘Club Sales- Annual Dinner’ for July is in respect of the sale of the ‘old’ club lathe to John Blake.


The ‘Sundry’ expenditure items relate to the regular purchase of tea, coffee, sugar and milk with the items in February and March being in respect of the annual dinner (Plas Hyfryd). I should point out that no charge is made for beverages on the monthly demonstration nights and the superb cakes are provided ‘free of charge’ by Mary and Sonya – to whom we owe a very big THANK YOU.


The demo by Mark Raby cost the club £135 in January and sadly we have since been advised of his premature death and out of respect for this fellow enthusiast we have donated £25 to Macmillan nurses and condolences sent to Lisa.


The purchase of tools and equipment have been added to the clubs Fixed Assets with the major purchase being the new Jet lathe that are represented as such in the Balance Sheet (see next).


Balance Sheet


I have summarised the annual balance sheets for the years since the club was established in 2010 and a copy of the figures are attached.


As mentioned above, I have accounted for the tools and equipment purchased by the club within the Fixed Assets and, in line with normal accounting practice; I have depreciated them at the rate of 25% year on year.


Members will, I am sure, be pleased to see that we have a positive credit balance with NatWest amounting to £932.75.



Richard Smith


April 2015