Once again Blackcountry woodturners were kindly invited to join John Massey at his summer “Open Garden” day at Ashwood Nurseries, an event for which the club has proudly supported for many years.
For those that do not know this is the main event of several that “John” and his superb team at the nursery put on in support of the nurseries chosen charity, opening his magnificent award winning 3 acre private gardens to the public, this year’s chosen charity being “WINGS” Wombourne Special Needs Support Group.
The day started off at 08:30hrs, with the gathering of members at the Nursery to help set up our event tents, main craft stall, charity table and lathe demonstration area.
They say many hands make light work and this was so the case, the fantastic early turn out soon had our trusty pitch on the meadow lawn ready for business. Once again the display of member’s crafts was a splendid sight to see, with so many varied pieces on display, truly wonderful…
At 10:00 the event opened and by 10:15 the crowds were filtering thick and fast into the gardens, this remained the case right up to the end at 4pm.
As the day wore on countless, visitors came to see us on the lawn, striking up many a good conversation and laughter throughout, several of these visitors over the years now becoming regular customers of our clubs crafts a testament to the consistent quality on show, sales both on the charity table and craft tables were brisk all day.
Throughout the day the public were entertained with various lathe demonstrations, one visitor asking Rob Hacket if he could make him a new handle for his garden trowel, which Rob duly did, he left the stall a very happy chappy …not Rob the visitor.
There were also demos by Steve Hackett, Roger Cheshire, Paul Brown & Roger Sherwood -Howells.
A very special thanks must go to Arthur Mills and the other guys who helped him throughout the day run the charity table their truly sterling efforts raising a fantastic £240.00, an amazing feat…well done everyone.
At the end of the day Mick Murphy club Secretary proudly handed £120.00 to the event organisers to add to the days grand total in support of the very worthy “WINGS” charity,
The remaining £120.00 will be given to Blackcountry Woodturners nominated charity Mary Stevens Hospice in due course.
On the event closure all the gear was packed away and all club members left the nursery hot and tired but having contributed to a really good day.