Woodworkers Guild gives handmade toys to charity

GIVING SPIRIT: The local Woodworkers Guild presented Child Welfare with a whole battery of toys following their AGM last week. In front and behind the table are, from left, guild president Roger Darkes in the red sweater, and social workers Susan Harty and Rose Downer who accepted the gifts on behalf of the children Picture: ROB KNOWLES

THE Woodworkers Guild held its AGM at the Masonic Hall last week, and followed this up with a presentation of hand-made toys to Port Alfred and Kenton Child Welfare groups.

President of the guild, Roger Darkes, said that less and less members were producing work for comment and display at the meetings.

“We are willing to pass on our joint considerable experience to any young people that would like to join us,” he said.

A vote to increase subs from R50 to R100 per annum was unanimously passed by the members, who receive snacks and the benefits of low-price drinks at every meeting.

Darkes also presented the President’s Award to former president Brian Edwards who, in the opinion of the members, had done most work for the guild.

At the end of the short meeting the woodworkers gathered around a table overflowing with items made by guild members. Both Susan Harty of Port Alfred Child Welfare and Rose Downer of Kenton Child Welfare gratefully accepted the gifts.

“Each year the guild hands over wonderful wooden toys to Child Welfare, and we place these with less fortunate children as a special Christmas gift,” said Harty to the members.

“We are so grateful, and the children always look forward to these wooden toys. Unlike the store-bought ones, these toys last for years, and get passed down to other children who also get great pleasure from them.

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