The Club produces a newsletter 'Reflex' three or four times a year which contains both articles from members and the results of internal and external competitions including external matches with other Clubs. Contributions from members are always welcomed by the Editor, Thelma Dulley. To submit your article for inclusion click here.
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The Club has a number of social events including occasional quizzes with proceeds going towards the running of the Club or equipment to help members develop their photography. As well as going out for a post-Christmas meal, the club arranges a number of summer outings between June and August to a range of locations. Recent destinations have included Hastings, Dungeness, London Wetlands Centre, Birdworld, Borde Hill Gardens, Pashley Manor, Kew gardens, RHS Wisley plus others as featured below.
The Club held its annual AGM on 26th April which was followed by the presentation of competition awards. The winners and placings are given on the Competitions page. The Chair's Cup for the most improved photographer was awarded to Richard King at a later date.
The winners of the Best of Year competitions - Keith Woonton (Prints) and Tony Collins (DPI's) presented with their awards by Ian Brash.
This year we returned to the Royal Oak, Green St. Green with 18 members attending. It was a very enjoyable evening and we were well looked after by our waitresses who managed to serve the correct food to everyone, despite the multiple choices ordered and sorting out the individual bills at the end. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food and enjoyed a very good sociable evening. (pictures below)
The results of the Best of Year competitions are given on the Competitions page.
Seven members made the trip up to London Bridge - Bob, Alan R, Roger, Keith, Nigel, Lawrence and David.
Heading up Tooley Street towards City Hall there are many great shapes, patterns and reflections to be had in the interesting architecture. Carrying on to City Hall and Tower Bridge which was now lit with some good evening light beofre crossing over the bridge, pausing for some sunset shots, before arriving at St Katherines Dock where the Queen’s Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ is now moored. We visited the Dickens Inn for some liquid refreshments befrore heading home after a very socialable and enjoyable evening with the opportunity to take some images which will hopefully make it into competition.
It was a well-attended trip to the Kent & East Sussex Railway at Tenterden on the 12th August with 10 members and partners making the trip. The weather wasn't the best for photography with an overcast blank sky but we all made the most of the various opportunities on offer. These included the steam traction and static engines on display, the engines and rolling stock, the train journey to Bodiam followed by a 10 minute walk up to the National Trust moated 14th century Bodiam Castle, with a few of us making the climb up the tower for a panoramic view of the East Sussex countryside. As usual, refreshments were taken at every opportunity, finishing with cream teas at Bodiam Castle to finish off a very enjoyable day. (pictures below)
The trip to Wingham Wildlife Park on Sunday, 22nd July was supported by Bob, Keith, Lawrence and David who enjoyed some good weather and the chance to photograph a whole range of animals. It is not a large area to cover but enough to make it interesting with big cats, bears, owls, reptiles, flamingos and penguins to name just a few. It is a family attraction but didn't seem to be too crowded on the day even when we had the usual refreshment stops. (pictures below).
A good day and hopefully a few competition entries.