Originally formed in June 1996 by a small group of about 12 enthusiasts, the club has steadily grown to a lively and active 40 members. Meetings were held in an old Church in Wigan, the HQ of the Wigan Sea Cadets but the club has since moved to Platt Bridge Community Centre, Victoria Street, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5AH Map.
Wigan Woodcrafts meet every fortnight and alternate between a Demonstration and a 'Hands On' night, where we have up to 3 Lathes, discussions on members' work, tool sharpening, etc. Meetings are at 7.15 pm on every other Monday night. See the diary page for a full schedule. There is (normally ample) parking outside the community centre.
Meetings are priced at 2 pounds per fortnight for members. Demo nights are 3 pounds for non-members while for hands-on nights, non-members currently also pay the member fee of 2 pounds. You are more than welcome to come along as a visitor, and even use the lathes on hands-on night (under supervision from a full member), though the number of times that any visitor will be permitted to do so without joining as a member will necessarily be limited.
The Club holds it's AGM every January, usually the first Monday.
The objectives of the club are to allow members to get together to share common interests and pursuits; to offer professional advice through demonstrations to enable members to improve their skills and further their interests in new techniques and equipment; to create a source of help and advice from fellow members and; to help alleviate the isolation of what can be a solitary pursuit. Membership is open to anyone on the payment of an annual subscription.
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The Wigan Woodcrafts blog is now available on Blogspot. This is where you will find the most up to date news on club nights and activities.
The group is a member of the AWGB, which is an umbrella organisation representing a coalition of woodturning clubs. The AWGB provides competitive Public Liability Insurance for its member Clubs, Club starter packs and holds a one day show and competition each year AWGB.
Page last updated 16th April 2014