On 22nd May 2010 we celebrated out 20th Birthday with an afternoon party in a local Church Hall. In excess of 100 attended including current members, founder members, past guest speakers and representatives of other ‘wood’ clubs. A superb buffet was provided with wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Music was supplied from two local flutists and one of our members, Nigel O’Shaugnessy played a street organ made by him.
As a club, we have donated funds to Naomi House, a local children’s hospice and the party was a golden opportunity to hold a raffle and give the proceeds to our chosen charity. We managed to raise £350. The raffle prizes were donated, after some begging, from local individuals and business and ranged from a tin of biscuits to the use of a new Saab convertible for the weekend, donated by Saab of Southampton.
To celebrate our birthday we held an exhibition of members work with a show of 150 carvings. These were judged by all the guests to find the “ Peoples Choice Anniversary Carver”. The winning carving ‘ Green Lady’ in relief, carved by Fred Wilson received a trophy and a huge round of applause. The Green Lady’ was previously seen in Woodcarving magazine No 82 as the Gold Winner in relief won at the Axminster Tool Show of 2004.
To mark the occasion one of our lady members, Pippa Smith’ baked a wonderful birthday cake which was ceremonially cut by Jean Gordon one of our honorary members. Speaking of which we took the opportunity to award a few birthday honours namely Mary Adams, Faye Heath, Brian Williams and Fred Wilson for their dedication to the club and for their every present help and advice to the other members.