Bodgers Gazette

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Gazette deadlines, Issues 99-103


Copy deadline

Estimated delivery to members


Summer 2016 (BG99) and Membership Handbook

End June 2016

End July 2016

Bodgers Ball 2016 report and results of competitions results; annual accounts; Committee minutes

Autumn 2016 (BG100)

End October 2016

End November 2016

Membership renewal form; Committee minutes

Winter 2017 (BG101)

Early December 2016

Early January 2017

Membership renewal form; Committee minutes

Spring 2017 (newsletter)

Early March 2017

Early April 2017

Bodgers Ball booking form; auction notice; formal AGM notice; competition rules; Bodgers Ball welcome/joining instructions; Committee minutes

The Gazette is distributed to over 900 members, both in the UK and further afield. Starting life as an A4 sheet folded in half, and produced on a typewriter, it is now an A5 format, perfect bound booklet including colour photographs and running to up to 100 pages. Many Editors have taken a turn over its 20 year life. It is now produced thrice yearly, with an additional newsletter in the spring, and among other things includes:

  • Articles, how-to pieces, book reviews, event reports (including a special report on the annual Bodgers Ball) and notes on interesting awards;
  • Local group news with photographs. Reports include dates and locations for future meetings, a valuable guide for anyone hoping to get in touch with other bodgers and have a go themselves, however experienced. This section is generally introduced by Jon Warwicker, whose extensive wanderings among the local groups are increasingly well-known;
  • Committee reports, including finances (once a year), minutes from the quarterly meetings and AGM;
  • List of courses run by members, an extensive list of where and when courses can be found. This section includes a directory of members involved in training, who can all be contacted for further information; and
  • An non-exhaustive event listing full of interesting craft-related places to be.

The Gazette is printed in as environmentally-friendly a manner as we can. Paper and cover material are FSC certified, with high recycled content; printing uses vegetable inks and ink recovery processes. The manilla envelopes are currently the best option we can think of. Our printers are Joshua Horgan, based in Oxford.


If you would like to appear in the Gazette, by contributing an article or Local Group report then please email the Editor. Submissions are always welcome, whether articles (up to 1,500 words, with images, which will make a feature of up to 6 pages), short pieces (up to 500 words perhaps with a picture or two), correspondence or group reports. You can also think about essays, book reviews (we will do our best to get you a review copy, although we can't promise anything), how-to guides, event reports or anything else. Although the current Gazette format is a good guide, we are open to (almost) anything.

See the latest issue of the Gazette for deadlines, which are strict. A full schedule for the year ahead will be published here soon.

Pictures are very welcome too. When taking, keep in mind what you are trying to photograph: is it a person's face, the work they are doing, a detail in close-up or a general scene? Be selective: it is better to submit a small number of well-conceived pictures than lots of so-so ones. In order to print, pictures need to be high resolution; ask if you are not clear on this.

We also need clear captions for all images, including credits if required.

Drawings (or wood engravings and other illustrations) also work very well in a publication like ours.

If your images include minors or vulnerable members of the community, it is essential that you seek, and notify us of, permission for them to appear in the Gazette.

A series of submission templates will be posted on this site soon for download, and will also be distributed with the reminder email to committee members and local group contacts.

We also print course listings (in general for members) and event listings. If you would like to add something, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for courses or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for events. If you have several courses to submit, please use the course submission form (forthcoming), or ensure that they are submitted in plain text and follow the format used in the Gazette, ie: Dates, Title, Tutor, Location, Cost. Please do not refer us to your website or brochures.

Submissions, in summary, should have the following:

  • Title & author
  • Article text (unformatted text is fine)
  • Dates (eg events, Local group meetings), links etc
  • Contact details (for you or your group)
  • Images, high resolution ideally with a caption for each and photo credits if not you. Parental permission for minors/ vulnerable people.

To submit large images, you can use a large file transfer service. For example wetransfer, which is web-based, free and requires no registration.




You can place an ad in the Gazette if it relates to green woodwork or closely related matters. We do not encourage advertorial, although you are free to make ordinary submissions (articles, event reports etc) and include brief details of your commercial activities at the end of the article to direct readers to you. Remember that if you are submitting ads (particularly for events) you should check the estimated delivery times to ensure that there is enough time.

Ads can be 1/4, 1/2 or full page. Currently we only accept black and white ads. Please ensure that you submit graphics of sufficient resolution for printing. We have rates for members and non-members as follows:

APTGW members: 1/4 page - £10, 1/2 page - £20, full page - £40

Non-members: 1/4 page - £20, 1/2 page - £30, full page - £60

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details on advertising.


To receive three copies of the Bodgers Gazette each year plus a spring newsletter and the Membership Handbook (along with various other benefits) simply join the APTGW.

If you think you have missed a Gazette, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as they sometimes have returns (as 'Address Not Found'). Please also check that the address they have for you is correct (published in the Membership Handbook, sent out with the summer Gazette).

With a few copies still available, ‘Tales from the Wood’ is a collection of how-to articles and features from the first ten years of the Gazette’s life. This is a very handy resource for anyone interested in the various designs, experiments and explanations printed over a very active first decade.


Vanessa Sutcliffe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11 May 2016