Heard about the Bodgers Ball ? Got some questions? Have a look at our answers to frequently asked questions it may save you time and effort to get an answer from us – and we’re very busy right now.
Questions on this page:
Q: Late Arrivals at the Bodgers Ball?
There will be access to the site in the evenings. The gate will not be locked before 10pm. If you plan to arrive after 10pm – best to give me a call (mark – 07787 536035) so I am aware and can arrange for you to be let in.
Q: When and what food will be available?
Forgotten Cuts (also doing vegan option) and O’Hagans Sausages (a local sausage maker) will be selling food on site on Friday and Saturday evenings. All other evenings the Bring and Burn BBQ’s will be running and you will need to fend for yourselves.
The Museum Restaurant will be open during the day (museum opening times) and will be offering a breakfast deal (see details in marquee) over the weekend from 8am.
There will also be food vendors on the museum site during the day Saturday and Sunday – probably a hog roast and fish & chips.
Q: Food is all very well but when does the bar open?
There will be a members bar open on Thursday-Saturday evenings from 5:30 to 11:00pm selling Langhams Beer and Mr Whiteheads Cider. You must have a wristband to buy at the members bar.
Please bring your own NON-GLASS one pint drinking vessel. Compostible cornstarch pint and half pint things will be available for a non-refundable £1.
Q: I’ve heard about the Bodgers Ball but don’t know what it is?
A: Officially it’s the Annual General Meeting of the Polelathe Turners and Greenwood Workers.
But don’t let that put you off, it’s a weekend gathering of hundreds like-minded woody folks to share knowledge, show skills, hold workshops, compete in some cases and generally meet up with old friends and new.
It’s a peripatetic event, at a different venue each year, though we do like to revisit old haunts as well. The Ball is organised and hosted by local groups/organisers of the APT&GW and this year is at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Nr Chichester.
It’s the largest gathering of greenwood craftworkers in the UK, and probably the World. Definitely the friendliest and most open, whether you are a novice or an expert there is lots to see and do. Reaches the parts that other balls don’t get to! Oh and of course it’s not a Ball in the formal sense. Formal attire is not compulsary,what is compulsary is that you enjoy yourself and have a ball!
Q: Can I go to the Bodgers Ball?
A: Yes if you are a member of the APT&GW. The Bodgers Ball is open to members of the APT&GW. You can go as the guest of a member but if you want to take part in all the events, courses and competitions you must be a member. All members must buy a ticket for themselves and their guests. No exceptions. I have to buy a ticket so you can as well 🙂
You can join the APT&GW and buy a ticket to the Ball by Paypal on the bodgers website
Q: What about the Pre-Ball Courses. Where can I find out about them and can I go?
A: The workshops and courses at the Ball have always been a highlight of the event but for the tutors and participants it can leave little time to enjoy the Ball. So now we’ve expanded and offer a vast range of pre-ball courses on the Thursday and Friday before the Ball (and subject to demand on the Monday following as well). You must be a member of the APT&GW to book onto these courses.
You can find out about the range of courses and book onto them through the Bodgers Ball course website here
Q: I’m going on a Course, but do I need to buy a ticket to the Ball as well?
A: If you are not going to stay over on the Friday night or attend over the weekend then you don’t need to buy a ticket to the Ball. Shame to miss it though? You’ll get a chance to catch up with all the tutors of the courses you want to take next, as well as take part in workshops and share skills across a vast range of greenwood and associated crafts.
Q: Can I visit the ball if I am at the Weald & Downland Living Museum over the weekend.
A: Yes if you visit the museum over the weekend, during normal museum visiting hours the Ball will be open to the public. There will be plenty to see and the chance to buy some tools and greenwood products from the craftsfolk demonstrating during the day. But if you want to participate in the event, stay over the evening and weekend or attend a pre-ball course you will need to be a member of the APT&GW.
Q: Should I bring my craftwork and/or equipment/lathe/shelter?
A: Short answer. Yes! Not so short answer – The Ball’s unique friendly atmosphere is largely because everyone at every stage of their craft is welcomed. I was, and I didn’t have a clue at the time. Many say I still don’t! You don’t have to demonstrate or perform you can get on quietly in a corner. So don’t be shy, bring your gear and you will have a Ball!
Q: Is there Camping?
A: Yes there will be camping on the site. If you have anything more than a car, tent and small shelter for your craftwork then please contact the organisers to help us to accommodate you if we can . Please don’t make assumptions assumptions.
Q: Can I bring my dogs?
A: Dogs are welcomed on the museum site but must be on leads at all times and always under control. Owners of dogs not on leads and/or not under control may be asked to leave the site by the museum.
Q: Chainsaws and power tools?
A: Chainsaws may not be used on the museum site. The APT&GW insurance does not cover power tools and the Bodgers Ball is rooted in traditional craft skills. If you have any form of power tool which you use as a part of your demonstration or craft please contact us in advance.
Q: You haven’t answered my question?
A: Why am I not surprised? Contact us via the contact page of this website and even though we are really busy testing the beer right now, we’ll attempt to get back to you ASAP. Cheers!