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Regional Branches and Officials

Our membership is widely spread and regional groups have therefore been created, based loosely on counties, except for Wales which is split North and South, Jersey, and the USA which is the entire USA. A minimum of six members can form a Region and organise their own programme of events and activities.
Most regions of the BWA have regular meetings, many of which involve practical sessions where members can carve, chat, drink tea (and in some cases, beer) and receive advice and help with their project from experienced carvers. Many regions also exhibit and demonstrate at woodworking and/or craft shows.

To find your nearest region Enter Town, City, or Postcode

Listed below are our active Regions. If you are unsure which is the best Region for you, please contact the Membership Secretary or the Regional Liaison Officer (details at the bottom of this page) and you will be put in touch with a Regional Leader.

To send an email to all Regional leaders, use regions@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

To send an email to all Council members, use council@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Devon & Cornwall:

Secretary: Neil Smith

Tel: 01752 794731

Email: devon-cornwall@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on Tuesday 7-9pm term time only at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Whitleigh, Plymouth.

Berkshire & Mid Thames:

Leader: Roger Edwards

Tel: 01628 672223

Email: mid-thames@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on Tuesdays 10am - 2pm Milestone Wood Scout Hut, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8US. Members are pursuing their own carvings and are also working on projects for local schools, parklands and other community projects.

Durham and North Yorkshire:

Leader: Brenda Simpson

Mob: 07710 748239

Email: durham@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: http://www.coniscliffecarvingclub.org

Tuesday evenings between 7pm-9pm during school term times at High Coniscliffe C of E Primary School, Ulnaby Lane, High Coniscliffe, Co Durham DL2 2LL

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire:

Leader: Tim Holmes

Tel: 07887 610284

Email: oxandbucks@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: oxfordwoodcarving.co.uk

The group meet at John Mason School, Wootton Road, Abingdon, OX14 1JB, every Thursday, 6:45 - 9:00pm,  throughout the year,  with the exception of the whole  of August, the last two weeks of July,  and a week each side of Christmas. Due to restrictions on the number of benches available,  plus the need  to give all new woodcarvers adequate tuition time, only 24 places are available. Please ring Brian or Liz, on 01235 523925, to check for vacancies. Other courses are available, please contact Brian.

A good choice of gouges, malletts and sharpening facilities are available. Brian also has an extensive library available at a minimal cost to borrow. The group attend local Craft Fairs and encourage carvers of all abilities to attend.

The Group also  encourages members to produce Panels of Carvings to commemorate special events in their area. They completed a Rocking Dragon, with over 4,350 scales for sale at £2 each, raising the magnificent sum of £10,250 for Help for Heroes, the dragon, HERO, is now stabled at RAF Brize Norton.

Nottingham & Derbyshire:

Leader: Roland Laycock

Tel: 01623 636343

Email: nottsandderby@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on Wednesday 12pm - 4pm at St Peters Church Hall, Calow, Chesterfield, S44 5AF


Wednesday 7-9pm and Thursday 7-9pm at Queen Elizabeth's Academy, 150 Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7AP.

Some tools are available plus a buffing machine. A small café is available on site with drinks and some food available.

North Wales and Borders:

Secretary: David Brown

Tel: 01244 546912

Email: n.wales@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on alternate Saturdays at the Community Centre, Johnstown, nr Wrexham 10.00-4.00pm. We alternate guest speakers with "hands on" carving sessions. The costs of ordinary meetings are £4.00 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

"There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet"

North Staffordshire:

Leader: Tom Buttress

Tel: 01782 533061

Email: n.staffordshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on Wednesdays 7 - 9:30 at Newcastle Academy, Gallowstree lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2QS.

Norfolk & Suffolk:

Leader: Anna Cullingford

Tel: 01603 433505

Email: norfolk-suffolk@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

The Norfolk and Suffolk BWA group meet at East Point Academy, Kirkley Run, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0UQ  on the third Sunday of each month except December, when it is the second Sunday. We carve from 10am to 4pm, coffee and tea is available all day, and most people bring a packed lunch.

East Midlands Rockingham Forest:

Leader: John L Smith

Tel: 01572 759578

Email: e.midlands@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.rockinghamforestcarvers.org.uk

We are a group of nearly 50 carvers and we meet regularly at the Highgate Hall, Elton, Peterborough, under the tutelage of Glyn Mould, a professional carver.

We also meet and hold Exhibitions and other events at The Sacrewell Farm Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough where Glyn has a School of Woodcarving.

We have a small offshoot of the group based near Bedford, called The Twigs. (Details on our website.)

Please ring John Smith regarding meetings, group events, tuition or general information and he will  be pleased to assist in any way he can.


Leader: David Caplin

Tel: 07791 132852

Email: shropshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.shropshirewoodcarvers.co.uk

Meetings for Shropshire Woodcarvers - Thursday evenings during term time, 7pm - 9.30pm in the workshops of Mary Webb School, Pontesbury. Second Saturday of each month at the same venue 12.30pm - 5 pm with occasional workshops led by visiting professional carvers 10am - 5pm.

South Wales:

Leader: Derek Edwards

Tel: 01639 414904

Mob: 07866 089373

Email: s.wales@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at the Margam Community Hall, Bertha Road, Margam, Port Talbot. We meet between 1.00-5.00 p.m. and pay £3 each into the kitty. Hands-on carving takes place at our meets as well as socialising. No official training sessions take place but members are always willing to share knowledge, swap ideas, and give tips to all carvers including novices. Growing library of books available.

Exhibitions/demonstrations take place at different events throughout the year, and work and help from all members is welcomed but not insisted upon.

We are a friendly group and would welcome visitors from other groups.


Leader: Mick Kitchen

Tel: 01926 843159

Email: warwickshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Woodcarving sessions held at the Woodwork Shop every Wednesday 6.30pm - 9:00pm at Trinity Catholic School Guy's Cliffe Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 6NB.  These sessions are very informal, members can arrive and depart between these times as they wish and the experienced carvers are prepared to give advice and informal tuition to beginners and less experienced members.

There is an annual fee of £60 payable in two instalments, including the annual BWA fee and the hire of the room, and there is a fee of £2.00 per meeting which includes refreshments.

We also have a small number of carving tools for new members to use, available are grinder and buff sharpening equipment. We display and demonstrate at local Craft Fairs.

West Midlands:

Leader: Leanne Riley

Tel: 07816 986588

Email: w.midlands@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/westmidlandswoodcarvers/

Hands-on carving every Monday (except Bank Holidays) and Wednesday at The Winterbourne Gardens. 7.00-9.00pm at a cost of £3.00 per visit. All welcome.

We hold our own demonstrations at various venues and have trips to other shows and exhibitions.


Leader: Bill Piggott

Tel: 01484 319608

Email: yorkshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday each month at the Wooldale Community Centre Nr Holmfirth, 10am - 4pm. The cost is ₤2.50 per session and ₤1.50 for lunch. Several members are teachers and offer advice and assistance as required. We welcome all abilities.

We have access to a supply of timber at very competitive rates albeit in small quantities.  We have an extensive library and a new sharpening facility.

S.E.London and W. Kent:

Leader: Ann High

Tel: 01689 859617

Email: w.kent@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.thewoodentops.co.uk

We meet at St Johns United Reformed Church, Lynwood Grove, Orpington from 9.00 to 1.00pm.  Usually on the 1st Saturday in each month (subject to change so intending visitors should check beforehand).  Members bring along their pieces of work, workbenches/workmates and tools and chip, chat and carve in a learning environment – members exchange views, tips advice etc.
We also organise occasional social events.  Visitors, whether BWA members or not, are welcome and tea, coffee and cake are freely available.

N.E.London and W. Essex:

Leader: Martin Howells

Tel: 0208 5901824

Email: w.essex@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on 2nd Saturday each month, 10:30 - 14:30 at Nelmes URC Church 1st floor Hall, Nelmes Road, Emerson Park, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 3JA.


Leader: Derek Drain

Tel: 01702 523971

Mob: 07775 733062

Email: essex@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

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Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Meetings on 2nd Sunday each month at Mountnessing Village Hall, and 2nd & 4th Monday at the Hilltop Church Hall, Bridgwater Drive Westcliff. The region had a 2012 collective carving project with the theme of Cats. Click here to see the project.


Leader: Tony Bush

Tel: 01242 890454

Email: gloucestershire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk/bwa-gloucestershire

We have monthly carving sessions on the second Saturday of each month at the Gala Club, (opposite the Winfield Hospital) on the outskirts of Gloucester. We book the hall from 10am until 4pm and members can come for the whole day or just an hour or two whatever suits them. We take a packed lunch/drinks, although drinks and sandwiches are available at the bar if required. Visitors are always welcome. We charge £3.50 per session as a contribution to the room hire and usually have wood and tools for sale, and a small exhibition of carvings. We demonstrate carving at a variety of events and shows, including the Cotswold Show, Cirencester; and the Frampton Show.


Leader: John Tybjerg

Tel: 01425 470906

Email: hampshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk/bwa-hampshire

Meetings on 1st Sunday each month at the Michelmersh and Timsbury Jubilee Hall. The Hall is 2 miles north of Romsey on the A3057 Stockbridge road. Post Code SO51 0NT. 10:30am - 4:30pm


Leader: Stan Kimm

Tel: 0208 907 0378

Email: hertfordshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

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Winter 2014 Newsletter

We meet on the second Sunday in each month, at Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans, AL1 2QA, from 9am - 1pm. Members bring their own carvings to work on. Help is given by the Regional Organiser and other members. We have use of the schools workshop equipment. We have chisels and other carving tools to lend to members for the day and a very good library.


Leader: Terry Nokes

Tel: 07900087863

Email: bedfordshire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

We hold a weekly Monday morning club 9.30 - 12.00 and a monthly Wednesday evening club 19.00 - 21.30
These are held at: 47 Green End, Renhold, Bedfordshire, MK410LJ

South Humberside:

Regional Leader: Michael Nutbrown

Tel01652632783  or 07941 030354

Email: s.humberside@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

We meet for 12 week periods three times a year, roughly in parallel with local school term times. We meet on Thursday Mornings in a schoolroom at Trinity Methodist Church Barton upon Humber. Meetings are for nominally two hours starting at 08:30 but our landlord is very indulgent and the finishing time is quite flexible.  Fees are currently £25.00 per term, which includes tea and biscuits, plus an annual subscription of £25.00 to the British Woodcarving Association.


Leader: Stephen Thorne

Tel: Call Stephen Thorne on 01534 857122 or Greg Sykes on 07797 716559

Email: jersey@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Jersey woodcarvers meet at the LES QUENNEVAIS SCHOOL on Monday evenings at 7.30-9.30pm (term time only) at a fee of £35 per year plus Membership to BWA which includes the required insurance cover demanded by the Education Department. It has a small family atmosphere. All welcome.

Kent Wormshill:

Leader: David Howard

Tel: 07887 536083

Email: kent@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.kentbwa.co.uk

Meetings on Sunday; carving workshops at Wormshill Village Hall. The workshop is held monthly on a Sunday and we are “open” from 10am to 4.30pm, Tea and coffee provided, bring your own lunch.

Hamlet Wood Carvers Maidstone:

Leader: Sue Bower

Tel: 01797 224797

Email: maidstone@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meet term times only at Hamlet Wood, near Maidstone (ME15 0QG).

Hamlet Wood Carvers meet at the Hamlet Wood Scout Camp site, 27 acres of woodland situated between South Maidstone and Coxheath in Kent, hence the name. We have the use of one of the large buildings complete with heating, toilets and a fully fitted kitchen. There is of course loads of parking. Meetings are held on Thursdays during term time for 30 weeks of the year, excluding the summer term. The day runs from 09.30 to 15.00, members choosing just how much of the day they want to spend carving and chatting. Regular members pay £40 per term those who do not attend on a regular basis pay £5 per visit. Other BWA Members are welcome, the same £5 fee is requested, the fees go towards the rent and covers coffee tea and biscuits throughout the day. Bring a packed lunch if required, which can be enjoyed out in the woodland when weather permits. New members are always welcome, and tools, equipment and tutorial advice are available. A suitable work station (work mate) is the only thing carvers need to bring with them. We welcome casual visitors who pop in for a free 'cuppa' and biscuits just to see what we get up to.

Summer Term 2018

April 19th           to   May 17th             = 5 days

June 7th             to   July 12th             = 6 days

Christmas Term 2018

September 6th  to   October 4th            = 5 days

November 1st    to   November 29th     = 5 days

Easter Term 2019

January 10th      to   February 7th         = 5 days

February 28nd    to   March 28nd           = 5 days

Summer Term 2019

May 2nd             to   May 30th              = 5 days

June 20th           to   July 18th                = 5 days

These dates are subject to change in cases of bad weather.  Any lost dates will be made up later in the year.  Visitors are most welcome.  These dates are all Thursdays.  Please drop in for a tea or coffee we look forward to seeing you any time between 0930 hrs and 1500 hrs.  If we can give you any further information please do not hesitate to contact our group leader Sue Bower by e-mail suebower@icloud.com telephone 01797 224797 or our treasurer Peter Camis peterjcamis@gmail.com telephone 01634 687539.


Leader: Sarah Lawrenson

Tel: Sarah: 01772 715503 or Colin: 01253 763149

Email: lancashire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk/bwa-lancashire

Meetings: Monthly meetings at Wesham Community Centre, Wesham, near Preston, PR4 3DQ, on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1pm. No meeting in August, and in April we have an all day seminar that needs to be pre-booked. (Please ring to confirm)

Surrey, The Outwood Woodcarvers:

Leader: Brian Monk

Tel: 01342 843421

Email: surrey@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings: Ours is a very sociable Club and we meet every Monday in the newly built and stunning Lloyd Hall, Brickfield Road, Outwood, RH1 5PX from 10 till 12. We pay for the Hall hire in three ‘terms’ per year at a cost to each Member of approximately £20. We have sets of tools for new Members to use until they acquire their own and we have on site storage facilities for our Workmates. We have no Tutor, there is always someone to help with any problem which may arise. We have a break for coffee and biscuits at about 11.00  and visitors are always welcome to call in for a coffee and a chat.

North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire:

Leader: O H Boyd

Tel: 01652 618071

Email: lincsandyorks@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings on Mondays, 7-9pm Church Cottage, Horkstow, Nr BARTON ON HUMBER, North Lincolnshire, DN18 6BG


Leader: James Ainsley

Tel: 07785 964 792

Email: cleveland@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Meetings every Thursday afternoon 1pm to 4pm, St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Church Road, Billingham, Cleveland, TS23 1BW. New members are welcome just call in for a friendly afternoon of carving, even if you have not carved before you are welcome to try your hand at this absorbing hobby.


Leader: Trevor Hodges

Tel: 07831 091 561

Email: leicestershire@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website: www.britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk/bwa-leicestershire

We are a small group of carvers who meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Oadby Beauchamp School, Leicester, LE2 5TP during term time. We have use of the school's woodworking benches, but not their equipment. We do however have a limited number of carving tools ourselves and facilities for sharpening them. We also have a book cupboard of ideas. We always welcome new members, so if you are interested in joining us please call.



Leader: David Whiddett

Tel: 01305 812064

Email: dorset@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Website:  http://southdorsetwoodcarvingclub.co.uk/

We are a small club of under 15 men and women, meeting every Tuesday evening, 7 til 9, at Upwey Old School Hall, Church Street, Weymouth  DT3 5QE, near the Wishing Well. We cannot provide professional tuition, but will do our best to share the experience we have gained over the years, some of which comes as a result of some club members attending a local professional for lessons.

North Wales Flintshire (Caerwys Carving Club):

Leader: Murray Taylor

Tel: 07802 524448

Email: n.walesflints@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

We are a friendly group who meet fortnightly from 10am to 3pm at Caerwys Memorial Institute, Caerwys Hll, Caerwys CH7 5AD. Tuition and guidance given. For further information contact the Regional Leader .    

National Council Members

Chairman: Richard Waite, Tel: 07766 813271 Email: chairman@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk  

Secretary: Ken Veal, Tel: 01277 899684 Email: secretary@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Treasurer: Tim Holmes, Tel: 07887 610284 Email: treasurer@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Editor: Jason Townsend, Tel: 07970 535189 Email: editor@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Membership Secretary: John Tybjerg, Tel: 01425 470906 Email: membership@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk

Regional Liaison: Dave Taplin, Tel:  Email: liaison@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk  

Publicity: Steve Underhill, Tel:  Email: publicity@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk   

Web Site Manager: Graeme Murray, Tel: 07748 350252 Email: webmaster@britishwoodcarversassociation.co.uk