Update January 6th 2021

Ken’s wooden festive gifts proved exceptionally popular and raised more than £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Support in just a few short weeks before Christmas.

The master carpenter is now turning his attention to other carvings including wooden fruit, egg cups, fruit bowls, as well as the pens that proved so popular over Christmas. Orders for bespoke items will also be accepted on request.

More details to follow soon...

1st December 2020

The former master carpenter of Longleat House is hand-carving festive gifts to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Support.

Ken Windess worked at Longleat for more than 30 years and now volunteers his time at Alzheimer’s Support’s day clubs. His unique hand-made pens, Christmas trees and snowmen are made from the wood of fallen trees in Longleat forest.

He said: “Having seen Alzheimer’s Support’s Christmas shop on their website, I wanted to lend my support too. I make each item to order from different cuts of wood, including yew, oak and laburnum. That means every piece is different in colour and texture and therefore unique.”

June Windess, Ken’s wife, was a founder members of the charity’s Old Silk Works Club in Warminster and Ken volunteered his skills during the building’s renovation.

Volunteering at Old Silk Works

Ken said: “Having a background in the building industry and being a carpenter and joiner by trade, I put up shelves, hung pictures, and did just about anything else that I could to help. Seeing the look on June’s face when she first saw the modern, light and airy, comfortable building, was a sight I shall remember for the rest of my life.”

June, former housekeeper at Longleat, has now gone into residential care, but Ken continues to volunteer with the charity. The couple have been married for nearly 60 years.

Alzheimer's Support CEO Babs Harris said: “Ken has long been a good friend to our charity, continues to visit our Old Silk Works club and recently built a cupboard at our Sidmouth Street Club in Devizes to house our PPE. Now we’ve discovered that he is a very talented woodturner too!

"We’re hugely grateful for all the support Ken’s given us over the years and for donating the proceeds of these beautiful wooden gifts to Alzheimer’s Support.”

Buy Ken's hand-carved gifts