Ryedale Woodturners

by Handy Mag
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Local community group still running despite the lockdown.

The Club secretary sums up the state of play for woodworking enthusiasts in our area.

No doubt like many local clubs and societies, Ryedale Woodturners has found it difficult to stay in existence with Covid preventing meetings for over 18 months. We kept in touch using our website (www.ryedalewoodturners.org.uk), email, and Zoom for live and recorded demonstrations. We even set up a “Corona Gallery” to record over 300 items created by members during the lockdown.

In these times when we regularly read of problems caused by loneliness and isolation, it is a relief that we have been able to reconvene “live” meetings at Snainton Village Hall, and refreshing to see so many old faces return, as well as some new ones joining. We have even managed a couple of club exhibitions and sales. It is a testament to the pleasure to be found with in-person contact, as opposed to virtual communication, that our club members travel from a wide area well beyond Ryedale—Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington, Driffield, York, Malton and Pickering all feature in our members’ address book.

The club’s suspension due to Covid has changed our membership season, and we will be re-enrolling for 2022 on 6 January. Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to seeing some new members in the future.

January’s meeting is a “Hands-On Night”, where people can talk, watch, and have a go at woodturning and pyrography. More details are below. For more information, you can also contact the secretary, Steve Fearnley, at info@ryedalewoodturners.org.uk.

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