Steve Bell
(02) 4962 5777 (Clubhouse)
Web & IT Co-ordinator
Matthew Lindsay

Membership Registrar
John Benson

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Special Notices for Members



Club Reopening

At the Board Meeting on the 4th June a number of issues were raised regarding the club being COVID-19 prepared.

As a result the club will reopen on Monday 15th June 2020, not Tuesday 9th June as previously discussed.


Any members attending the club, as a condition of entry will be required to do the following.

  1. Have your temperature checked and recorded on the new sign in sheet.
  2. Answer the questions on the new sign in sheet and sign in the relevant column. Also, please write your phone number.

Failure to do this will rsult in entry being refused and you will be respectfully asked to leave the NEC Precinct.


After entry to the club you will be required to:-

  1. Exercise social distancing at all times.
  2. Use the liquid hand sanitizer regularly to keep hands clean.
  3. After using machines and tools you will be required to clean them thoroughly. This means removing saw dust/shavings etc and then wiping down the areas that you have touched with disinfectant wipes or spray.
  4. The face shields that were at each lathe have been removed and will be cleaned and sanitized. Some of these shields, after inspection, may be suitable to be reused but they will not be for common use. Members may purchase them for personal use only.
  5. Members will have to provide their own personal protection equipment such as face shields and safety glasses.
  6. Small areas such as the shop, kitchen, tea making area, sign in area and the office will have limited numbers at any one time.
  7. There will be a maximum of 20 people in the club at any time.



Membership fees due Now

Members are reminded that membership subs are due now. Please see John Benson at the General Meetings



Club T-Shirts

Orders for the shirts can be made through the shop and paid for by EFTPOS if needed.

The order needs to be placed with the supplier by 6th December to  guarantee the shirts will be ready prior to the Newcastle Show.

John Reid would like all people selling at the Newcastle show to be in the new shirts.

The cost of the polo shirt is $38 each.


If you have and question please contact Helen or Peter OÇonner.


Duty Officers for Tuesdays and Saturdays

Members we are in desperate need of some more Duty Officers, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The ideal situation would be to have 2 persons each morning,  so if one can not be at the club the other one can.
Your duties are to open up the club each morning, ensure that all members comply with the club rules and work in a safe manner, are assessed and passed on the equipment which they are using. Check that dust extractors don’t need to be emptied. If they do, get other members to give you a hand to empty . Then at the end of the day make sure the club is locked up and the alarm set. If you contact Max Perez or John Reid with your name the day you wish to assist, if we get 8-10 names you will only be required once a month. To those members who have been duty officers in the past and don’t  want to continue please return your front door key to Steve Bell and have your name removed from the key Book. Members if we cant  get enough Duty Officers we may have to shut the club on the days we have no Duty Officers. We have 140 members who could help out surely we can get 10 -18 to keep the club open for all our members to use our facilities.



Members are reminded that they need to be signed off on the machine they intend to use. If you haven't completed the training on the machine DO NOT USE IT. Certification training is available during the Hands On Meeting.


Logs Harvested

Here are some pictures of the Club's volunteers, led by the indefatigable Bill Wright, collecting a Peppercorn tree from New Lambton Heights. Thanks to all who helped. These volunters managed to get 3 Silky oak logs plus this one all in one morning which will add significantly to the Clubs stock of milling logs. These mainly older Members would love to hear from some of our younger members who could join in these activities. See Bill Wright if you can help.

Photo John Donn

New Format for Hands On

On Tuesday the 16th May the Hands On will take on a different format. We are asking members to bring in a piece they are working on or something they want to make such as a pen, vase, candle stick, bowl etc.

Members can then offer advice or help with the project.

Hope to see you there 6.00 pm start. Shop will also be open.


Steve Bell




WOTH Board members

click here to see Page 2 of Turnabout




Club Shop opening hours are as follows:
General Meeting nights 5.30pm-7.00pm
Hands-on Nights 5.30pm-7.00pm
2nd Saturday of the Month 10.00am-11.00am
4th Sunday of the Month 10.00am-11.00am


Monthly Luncheon - Every third Tuesday of each month

See Turnabout (page 11) by clicking here

Members are reminded that these lunches are a great way to meet up with other members in a social setting.

Dates are included in our full calendar (and also below) but it is essential that you notify Steve Bell on the 4th tuesday of each month as to your attendance.

This will enable Steve to book numbers for that months venue



Safety and Competence Training

Members are reminded that Tablesaw and Drum Sander competence is best learned "on the Job" in a

boxmaking course. Not only will you learn to use these tools correctly and safely, but you can make

a great item for the Club to sell at the markets.

Ian, Greg, Richard and Steve will be pleased to give you the benefit of their vast experience.



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