I write occasional daft emails to fellow members of my woodturning club.  As we get new members, some of them are stupid enough to ask me for some of the older emails.  As time passes and the read them, they will learn never to ask again - but meanwhile I have to dig into my email archives and find old items and then send them one by one to the unlucky recipients.

You would think they would find more useful things to do with their lives than read the sad wittering's of this old fool and try to make something of their lives - but no!  Any that appear here will do so in reverse order, there are many reasons for this, but logic is the main driver.  If there is one thing I have - it is logic.  Not much else to be fair - but I do have logic.

I have only recently worked out how to put the pictures in, so many are still missing.  I will continue to work on it.

13 - a Quickie September 2014

From: Boulter, Phil (DSI) Sent: 08 September 2014 08:58 Subject: KVWT A quickie - good and bad

Sorry all, I have been very busy and not had time to send out any news recently. This is a quick email, as much as anything to remind you of our visitor on Tuesday – particularly because it is Tony Halcrow, a national treasure, a man of whom the queen once said “Tony who? Does he breed Corgis?”.

Many of you seasoned members will know Tony of course – he talks with a funny accent (I am from Essex – I speak proper) he is Chairman of the Oxfordshire Woodturners Club – and although not a professional woodturner, his talents are gleaned from many others and the tricks he has learned over the years make him an irresistible entry on our list of guest turners whenever we compile a list – particularly of the cheap ones! He does off-centre woodturning with a panache that we can only dream of.


I am really looking forward to seeing Tony again tomorrow, and if you want to attend a humorous and very laid back evening then this is definitely the one for you.


Just quickly – a mention – life is a bitch. I have had a busy but enjoyable last few weeks, especially this last weekend when my eldest son Darren got married to a very beautiful young woman and has started married life with a bang. I am still recovering from the weekend.

Meanwhile however, while I and many of you have been enjoying life, some of our members have been bought down to earth with a bump. I won’t mention names in case they want some privacy, but two very lovely members have recently had to care for their spouses after strokes and cancer and have now taken on the role of carers.


I remember thinking at the weekend that the “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” is actually a very poignant phrase and one not to be taken lightly. I have huge admiration for someone who suddenly, and willingly – and no doubt with love and tenderness, changes their lives to care for their partner after some awful trauma. Enjoy your lives everyone – it can change suddenly.


Also, this month we have the very sad news of the passing of David Seamons, David passed away on 11th August. Our thoughts are with his family, and Ken kindly sent a letter of condolence from us.


As I said – busy – so let me rattle off a few things in case I forget, then I will perhaps send a more thoughtful email in a week or two.


1. Tuesday 8th September – I am going to the doctors, but importantly – Tony Halcrow and his performing fingers will present something wonderful on a lathe. We are still at the Brimpton Village hall, come along and be entertained and educated.

2. Friday 3rd October, I am having my eyes tested – but also Axminster have an open day in Basingstoke with some of their best demonstrators and Tutors (see the flyer below)

3. Friday 19th September, I am getting my car waxed – also the refurbished hall opens at Padworth – they have an open day (from 4pm to 7pm) with nibbles! Sadly the bridge is then closed the following day! L Come along and see the new hall facilities – the committee will be sending 4 or 5 people as well to see what has been done.

4. Wednesday 15th October I am getting my wife waxed, but also, and importantly, we meet at Brimpton for our regular monthly meeting instead of the Tuesday – we will remind you about that again to make sure you remember.

5. On Saturday 27th September I am cutting the grass, but also our monthly Saturday workshop takes place. This month we are doing platters and texturing.

6. Saturday 11th October – I am plucking my eyebrows, and we are also attending the Thatcham Festival of Arts – we are there every year – and your support will be appreciated.


So – I really do have to get on with some work, but with reference to the various things above, thank you, apologies, well done, don’t forget, see you there, watch carefully, remember Tony Halcrow, be kind, and put some cream on it before you go to the clinic.


See on Tuesday evening.

Don’t forget – if you don’t want to receive this rubbish via email – let me know and I will take you off the list


Phil Boulter

Vice-Chairman

Kennet Valley Woodturners

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