A dream realised

Wyn Sheryn with George Lamb and Chris Jones
Wyn Sheryn with George Lamb and Chris Jones

Wyn Sheryn proves you’re never too old to learn new tricks.

But in this 76-year-old’s case, it’s proved to be a carpentry step back in time to rekindle a childhood passion.

Wyn was awarded the Lifelong Learner of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of City and Guilds’ learners.

Father-of-three Wyn, of Leyland Lane, Leyland, developed an interest in carpentry as a young boy, but his passion diminished as his parents wanted him to pursue a career in teaching music.

But after taking early retirement at the age of 52, he resurrected his desire to wield a hammer and chisel, and has turned his dream into a reality – with more courses in carpentry over the last 20 years than he can remember!

His hobby has seen him make a four-poster bed for his daughter as a wedding present, a dining table for his son, an embroidery cabinet for his wife, a granddaughter clock made from 100-year-old mahogany and umpteen chairs.

Wyn said: “My father had a shed with a work bench and a vice, and he collected tools and made all sorts. One of the earliest things he did that I can remember is taking the wood out of our old Anderson Shelter after the war was over, and making some chairs for the house.

“I suppose my passion has come from my father. I’ve got my own workshop now where I keep all the planes and chisels and things that I have collected over the years.”

Wyn studied a Level 3 vocational qualification in Furniture Production (Restoration) at Burnley College.

He was one of 11 winners at the Lion Awards event, held last week at London’s Roundhouse.

BBC’s Young Hairdresser of the Year presenter George Lamb said: “It’s a real honour to be involved in this year’s City and Guilds Lion Awards. It has been truly inspiring to hear the winners’ stories.

“I believe vocational learning helps to unlock Britain’s talent and provide a viable, alternative route for individuals to pursue a career and gain personal and professional satisfaction.”

Wyn, a trained musician who worked as director of leisure services at Preston Council, said his hobby has been kind to him.

“I’ve had a few cuts, scrapes and splinters and had a lucky escape with a band saw, but nothing serious yet,” he said. “Touch wood!”