Derwent Woodturning Club

Derwent Woodturning Club



About Us

Derwent Woodturning Club has a membership of between 30 and 40.

Our objective is to promote the woodturning craft. We do this primarily through our twice monthly meetings.

Anybody interested in finding out more about the craft and having a taster is encouraged to come along to one of our meetings. If you do pay us a visit please make your self known to one of the committee.

See further down this page for details of the committee.

Membership and Charges

The club is open to new and old woodturners alike, and to those who may be just considering taking up this craft. 

Annual membership is £30 which includes membership of the AWGB. New members are welcome at any time.

There is a charge for each meeting attended payable on entry. This is £4 for members and £5 for non-members.

Non-members may attend their first meeting free of charge unless there is a guest demonstrator in which case they will be asked to pay the meeting attendance charge of £5.

Free tea & coffee during the evening.


Derwent Woodturners meetings are held at Sharpes Pottery museum, 23 West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG. Details of how to find us can be found by clicking here.

Meetings start at 18:30, but the venue is open from 18:00 to deal with registration etc. They finish around 21:00. For full details of meetings please click here.

Free tea and coffee is served part way through the meeting.

Members currently travel to club meetings from far flung parts of South Derbyshire, Staffordshire and the Midlands so those members wishing to reduce costs through car sharing may find other members in their locality.

Hands On Night Tuition and Tea Drinking
Hands On Night Tuition and Tea Drinking

Association of Woodturners Great Britain (AWGB)

Derwent Woodturners Club is an affiliated branch of the AWGB. As such members of the club also enjoy membership of the AWGB.

Woodturning Blanks

Woodturning blanks are usually to be found for sale (curtesy of David Winter) at meetings when there is no guest demonstrator.

Club Committee

Derwent Woodturning Club is run by a committee elected annually at the AGM. The committee currently comprises six people. To contact any committee member please use the contact form.

Alan Smith - Chairman
Alan Smith - Chairman

Alan Smith - Chairman

Alan has been chairman of the club since its foundation in July 2002. The club has had a nomadic life before finding its present home at Sharpes Pottery.

He has been woodturning for around 20 years, as a hobby.

Alan spent 30 years as a  Police Officer and 13 years working in secondary education before retiring in 2016.

His other interests are his family, especially his grandchildren, cricket and rugby.

Lol Poole - Treasurer

Lol first turned his hand to woodturning in 2005 and took on the job of club treasurer in 2015.

A retired publican Lol specialises in turning clocks and pens on his Record CL4 lathe.

Peter Hollis
Peter Hollis

Peter Hollis - Secretary

Peter first started woodturning in 2010 after clicking the wrong button on ebay.

Peter joined Derwent Woodturning Club in 2018 after taking early retirement. He became club secretary in 2019.

In addition to his work with Derwent Woodturners, Peter founded and is chairman of Men's Shed Lichfield. This is a group following the now, well established, men's shed model.

Gemma Walton
Gemma Walton

Gemma Walton

Gemma joined Derwent Woodturning Club in 2017. Gemma became a member of the committee in September 2019 after a little persuasion by Alan (Chairman)

Gemma started woodturning in early 2016 after her Step-Dad Glyn got a lathe and showed her what it was all about. She enjoys turning pens and candlesticks but has tried her hand at bowls, platters, Harry Potter Wands and perhaps her most proud item, a table lamp.

Gemma’s other interest are family, friends , scuba-diving & photography.

Tim Glover
Tim Glover

Tim Glover

Tim has been a member of Derwent Woodturning Club since 2017 and after being approached by Alan, our Chairman, has been a committee member since 2018.

Tim administers the club Facebook page.

He has been woodturning since the age of 14.

He is currently studying Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University.

Tim’s other interests include 3D printing and building and flying quadrotor drones.


The club has an arrangement for the supply of polo shirts and sweat shirts. Follow this link to get to the order form.

Members wishing to place an order should print off and complete a copy of the order form. This should be returned to Tim Glover.

Orders will only be placed with the supplier periodically so there will be a delay on delivery.

Payment will only be required when the club has received the order from the supplier.

Any queries to Tim Glover or via the contact form