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Bygone Days at South Gorley in 2011

"Bygone Days" is a special event run over the first weekend of August every year at Brooklands farm, South Gorley near Fordingbridge.

This year we had a new pitch layout in a new position. We persuaded Elaine to invite the Society of Christchurch Woodtuners, so theu could join us on our stand. As the Turners needed power for their lathe we moved alongside the barn.

We were a bit concerned that our regular visitors wouldn't find us so easily but as it turned out we were inundated with visitors, especially on Saturday. We had a few showers so that drove people under our mainly covered area.

This year the show seemed busier and better than usual with superb flying displays on both days, with the red arrows flying over and the Hampshire Air Ambulance landing in the field next to our stand.

I think the Woodturners had a good weekend at the show for the first time and we hope they will be back again with us next year.

Go to the "Links" page and follow the Hants and Dorset Stickmakers link to see more pictures of the show this year.

Mike Tuck

mike tuck showing off a wooden spanner

Our Display
our new high level display board worked well
Overall display
Jean Cosser's Pyrography
overall view of our main display we were lucky this year to have jean cosser's pyrography on display, those horns are amazing
Mike Street's work
some of mike street's superb deep relief carving a little corner showing work by our beginners - this proved very useful when recruiting new members
Mike Smith
Roll up banner
mike smith in the foreground and mike street on the workmate our new roll up banner with our other display in the woodturners gazebo


Bygone days 2011 in the sunshine again, well most of the time, what a superb weekend.

I think everyone felt this was one of the best and friendliest shows ever, with lots of visitors and so many potential new recruits we'll be looking for a new meeting place soon.

A tiring weekend but very enjoyable, meeting old friends and making new ones, great.
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