On Friday 23rd September we enjoyed the long-overdue official opening of Countryways’ workshop with its assorted lathes, dust extraction system, traditional hand tools and more. We were thrilled to welcome so many supportive and knowledgeable guests to our opening, including members of the Worshipful Company of Turners, local schools, and Bucks council to name a few.

One of our noteworthy supporters and keen wood turner himself, Stuart King, had the honours of unveiling a new plaque to celebrate our official opening.

Our Farm Helpers, who benefit so greatly from learning and working in our workshop, displayed examples of their handiwork for all our visitors to admire and appreciate. Being part of the Opening Day gave them a renewed sense of purpose and inspired them to learn even more new skills the following Monday when they were back in the workshop! We were thrilled!

The workshop provides a base to learn new skills, nurture confidence, coordination, trust, independence and team work.

Thank you to all who came, and especially to Odette and Jill who baked an array of delicious cakes and scones for the celebration.

Here are some photographic highlights from the day, courtesy of Stuart King.

Our new commemorative plaque

Gary Rance at the lathe

Stuart King and theĀ current Master Matthew Gaved