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Lodge Farm, Laxfield Rd.
Dennington. IP13 8AR
We meet at the Dallinghoo village hall. Postcode IP13 0JY
Andrew Smith and Albert Lain had been members of the North Suffolk Woodturners Club affiliated to the AWGB for a few years during which it’s membership grew to a massive 12 in number. At an AGM meeting in 1992 the chairman expressed the wish of the club to keep the membership numbers to a size that would fit in a normal garden shed workshop. As Andrew and Albert were the most distant members it was suggested that they set up our own branch, hence the birth of Suffolk Mid-Coastal Woodturners convening an inaugural meeting on Thursday (notice that that is still our choice of meeting day) January 7th 1993. Arthur Baker was the secretary and Herbert Price the treasurer, with Albert as chairman.
They held monthly meetings at Marlesford Village Hall, started the system of invited turners to demonstrate and used a mirror of Stainless Steel above the demonstrator to improve viewing. They had to move Albert’s very heavy bench mounted Poolewood 28\40 into the hall for demonstration days and there was doubt if the worm eaten wooden floor would bear the weight. While they were based at Marlesford, Peter Taylor became a member along with many others bringing our membership above 60, which was our stated maximum. To avoid declining membership to any enquirers Peter Taylor recommended moving to Dallinghoo Village Hall which we did in 1998. Membership continued to grow to such an extent that there was a danger of Dallinghoo becoming too small. Again, rather than disappoint would be applicants the committee encouraged the establishment of a West Suffolk branch headed by Bill Care at Stonham Village Hall. That branch continues to flourish with some members belonging to both.
The overhead mirror got upgraded to very shiny plastic but always proved very heavy to install so it was a welcome improvement when cameras were used to project the demonstration onto the wall, greatly magnified. Also the seating tirer arrangemeent, lights and sound system was added.
Today we now have a membership of around 60+ members. We still meet at Dallinghoo Jubilee Hall, Nr Wickham Mkt in the heart of Suffolk. Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7.30pm for the times and dates please see our programme.