News Archive - (2009)
This page contains the complete news and events archive for 2009.
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The Frampton Country Fair
Five members from Gloucestershire Region demonstrated at this annual and very popular show. There is never a shortage of volunteers to do this one!
Sunday 13th September Display of Crafts at Barnwell Country Park, Oundle.
North Wales and Borders Region Malpas, a country show in Cheshire on the 12th/13th of September.
Worms Hill Craft Day
The Festival of the Tree, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire. It was the 16th year that the BWA had attended this 4 day show. Eight Regions got together, Kent, Essex, S.E.London and West Kent, Hertfordshire, Shropshire, South Wales, Lancashire and Gloucestershire to demonstrate and chat to visitors, and once again we seemed to have the busiest marquee on site. The Pipe Dreams Competition (where the carving had to fit into a 12"tall x 6" diameter pipe) attracted 22 entries and a lot of interest from the visitors. The winner of the Technical Prize of £100 was John Robinson (South Wales) for his exquisite little Fife Piper, and the Artistic prize of £100 was won by Maureen Hockley (Essex) for her wistful 'Dream On'. The Westonbirt Trophy competition, is now in its 11th year, and the trophy is running out of room for the winners name shields! Perhaps we should ask Dave Johnson to carve us another one! It was an exciting event with 38 entries. The visitors are the judges for this, and 2,300 voted for their favourite. Every entry received votes (which shows the diversity of public opinion) but it was neck and neck between two clear leaders from the start, Maurice Harper's superb Giraffe (Gloucestershire) galloping home just ahead of Stan Kimm's delightful 'Hector, the Dog'(Hertfordshire). Pictures are on the Gallery page. Nine people were interested enough in taking up carving to leave their names and details, five of whom (four being complete novices) came to the Gloucestershire Regions monthly meeting 2 weeks later. Let's hope they all get hooked on carving, and sign up as BWA members.
8 - 9 August Craft demonstrations at Ferry Meadows Peterborough. 29th to 31st August Demonstrations at Bay Tree Garden Centre, Spalding.
July 2009 S.E.
London and West Kent Branch, otherwise known as The Woodentops, invited Maureen Hockley to their July meeting in Orpington to learn about photographing their carvings, and, according to their Newsletter, she did an excellent job! Lots of photos on the way to the Gazette then?
Kent's members were treated to a demonstration of Stickmaking by Dennis Worcester, which was very informative . . . . and witty too, giving them all a very enjoyable session.
The Cotswold Show, Cirencester was again attended by 6 members from Gloucestshire, where they had their own marquee at this very busy and popular annual event.
Kent Region carved a beautiful panel for the new Demelza Hospice in Eltham S.E. London, which was taken to site and fitted earlier in the year. (More photos on the Gallery page - when we get one). They also held a barbeque in June and attended the Kent Craft Show at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood.
North Wales and Borders Region
This year has already included a visit by the always popular lovespoon specialists Sharon Littley and Clive Griffin. We enjoyed another very successful three week demonstration and display of our work at Erddig. Peter Benson along with his guest Pete LeClair, the well known characaturist from the USA attended the meeting on the 27th of June. We had a stand at Woodfest Wales at St. Asaph early in June.