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.
We at last managed the trip to London with five members, Bob, Alan R, Lawrence, Richard and David catching the train from Orpington on a pleasant evening. As we arrived at the greatly changed London Bridge the sun was starting to set behind some clouds with a chill in the air. A quick look around Borough Market with some members going on to Blackfriars before meeting back at No 1 London Bridge. This was our chance to try capturing light trails and low light sights of London. Alan made good use of his tripod while others amongst us played around with ISO settings. We finished the evening with a walk along to City Hall before a weary walk heading back to London Bridge.
It was a very hot day for our trip down to Broadstairs with just four members making the journey. It took an age to find somewhere to park and we were soon wilting under the sun trying to find somewhere to get refreshments. The beach was very crowded with people making the most of the sun and there was not a lot of activity around the harbour area. The conditions were not ideal for taking photographs but we managed to take a few shots before deciding to call it a day and the long trip home.
British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, 30th July
It proved to be a very good day out with 13 members and friends making the short trip to visit the Centre, which was compact with a wide range of native animals. Staff gave talks every half-hour which made the visit that much more interesting and also give the chance to see the animals being fed for photographs. We managed to keep ourselves refreshed with visits to the cafe inbetween the talks and taking our photographs. A very interesting day was had by all and well worth the visit.
Michelham Priory House & Gardens, 13th August
Another well attended outing on a bright, sunny day this time to Michelham Priory. Therer was an interesting display by Nigel Stenning, the volunteer blacksmith fashioning a small leaf out of steel who was happy to answer questions about his work and the forge. The Priory took us back in to Tudor times with volunteers on hand to give background to life at the time and demonstrate the various artefacts. As usual, a lot of refreshments were consumed plus a chance to feed the ducks. It was a very peaceful and interesting place to visit.