March 2021 News

Hello to all camera enthusiasts and others wishing to improve their skills. Since I last wrote we have had two excellent presentations. One by Dave Bibby who talked on A-Z Back to basics. It’s quite easy to forget early lessons in photography as we advance ( or maybe that’s just me ). He is quite an established photographer but has started to shoot many of his images on his smart ‘phone so anyone out there without an array of kit, this is a good opening.   Roger Geldard gave us a trip around Japan’s Winter Wildlife, funny, but I never thought of Japan having deer , monkeys and eagles in such climatic conditions, still it is quite close to Vladivostok. He introduced most members to some excellent Sony cameras too.

Our programme fo March is as follows :

March  3rd………..Judging of our internal competition  “Anything Goes” , who knows what to expect ?

..     ..  10th……….Mike Martin on   It’s not what you see , it’s what you make .

..     ..  17th……….Lee Sutton on     My Photographic Journey..

Lockdown has prevented us from getting out and about with our gear but as I write this, there are “rumours” that this may end sooner than I expected  according to the press ( I don’t know why they are not in the House of Commons !). Anyway , what will be will be. It may be that we can meet in the Arts Centre for next years session, who knows ?

Keep on keeping safe, no matter what the outcome is. 

                                                           Maurice  Barker.


February 2021 News

Hello to all and welcome to our Club’s New Year. We thought it would be greeted with a degree of optimism and so it might. But we still have a disturbing few months ahead of us before we arrive at a new normal.  Right ….that’s the bile out of the way.

We are already into our new year’s programme having had our CREATURES OF THE WORLD judged and a presentation of A-Z Back to Basics by Dave Bibby. The programme for the rest of Feb. is given below :-

February  3rd.  Judging of the club competition  HUMANITY.

     ..         10TH. We welcome  Roger Geldard on  JAPAN’S  WINTER WILDLIFE.

     ..         17TH. Alison Jenkins presents  OUR PHOTOGRAPHY — WORK AND HOBBY.

March 3rd. Starts with our club competition  ANYTHING GOES.

All zoom meetings start at 7.30  Anyone wishing to join in by membership , please contact us through the website given at the bottom.

Since, as I write this, we are under the instructions of stay at home , photographic opportunities are diminished unless we happen to live in a rural location where we can carry our camera as we take advantage of our daily exercise. The white tops of the Lakeland hills are in golfing parlance “out of bounds”.  The attendance at our zoom meetings still impresses me and our presenters come from a much wider radius than before, not having to travel many hours for a two hours session. That is one silver lining I can think of………..not many others !

We wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year and look forward to normal ( ish) times in the future.

                                                                      G.M. Barker.

January 2021 News

Our programme for January is as follows:

Jan. 6th.      Members of the club will be demonstrating  the processing of a digital image “ This will involve the use of software such as Lightroom and Photoshop.  Sounds interesting !

Jan. 13th.    Tonight sees the judging of one of our annual competitions  “ Creatures of the World “

Jan. 29th.    Tonight, we welcome back one of our regular presenters Dave Bibby. Dave always produces an interesting evening and tonight , his subject is  A-Z  Back to Basics.

Our committee plans with a degree of optimism and if “things” should go well, we hope to meet as normal from September but…………no promises at this stage ! Keep everything crossed. It is worth mentioning at this point that our ZOOM meetings have attracted a good audience numbers wise and so ,it could be said that something good(ish) has come out of the covid bug (ever the optimist )

                                                                            MAURICE  BARKER

August 2020 News

Hello to everyone. Here we are nearly at the start of a new season for the club and we are still basically in a “lockdown situation” What this means to us is that we cannot meet at our usual venue, the Arts Centre, nor in any other due to restrictions re. using our normal equipment, necessary to show images and display prints.

I will attempt to precis the new arrangements necessary if we are to continue as a club.

The committee has decided to hold three “meetings” per. month, ie. the first three Wednesdays in each month. These will be presented using ZOOM. No…! don’t be put off by modern electronic wizardry, all committee meetings to date have used this system successfully.

The first Zoom meeting on September 2cnd. Will be a trial and success one, and there will be no pressure on anyone at all. As well as viewing the last club competition’s entries ( in which we were the victors ) we will be taking Questions from the virtual floor from both members and newcomers regarding the present situation and any club matters. Competition rules have had to be altered since we will be unable to display colour and mono prints. Rather than go into too much detail here which might off put newcomers ( we are a very friendly group), I would suggest going onto our website ( given at the end of this newsletter).

For anyone who has not used Zoom before and feel unsure about it, we are happy tohold a short practice session for one or two people at a time, again , no pressure before our new season begins. If you would like to take us up on the offer, drop us an e mail with your name and tel. no. and you will be contacted. All you need is a computer( with a camera and mic.), tablet or smart ‘phone. No need to download any apps,……….so go on, have a go !

Finally…….some good news, the Club Subscription for this year has been reduced to £30.  If any newcomers , and members wish to sign up, then a cheque should be sent to our treasurer from September 1st, His address is

Mr. R Shorrock.

17  Canterbury Way



PR3 1XE.                 Cheques made out to  Garstang Camera Club. 

As I submit this copy, we have just held the second of our three Summer Outings , the first one in Garstang, today’s in Fleetwood and the third one yet to be decided upon. As this is a monthly magazine , I do urge you to keep an eye on our website.

To all ,  non-camera people and all photographers,  do  KEEP SAFE.

                                                               MAURICE BARKER.


July 2020 News

Since lockdown at the end of March, the club has managed to tick over involving it’s membership.

The joint Chair, Lewis Thompson and Mike Jenner organized a series of six internal competitions, the first four of which the images entered had to be taken within the confines of the photographer’s property. The last two, with restrictions to travel being relaxed slightly, were a little more open.

The response to the competitions has been good and members of the club could vote for the best ( in their opinion ) top five places.

However……! with a chink of light at the far end of the tunnel, and it is a long one , the committee has organized a half day (3 hour ) session/visit which takes place on July 22nd. With the location being Garstang.  This will be the first of three such visits over the summer period, the final two have yet to be decided upon. Images taken on these three visits will form the basis of the EVENTS CUP 2020.  Any member wishing to take part in this, should inform the club’s chair on


We will meet on Booth’s car park at 2.00pm and the time allowed for the event is 2.00-5.00pm. The “theme” is anything  photographable in Garstang.

As with many other voluntary organisations  we aim to follow the relevant Health and Safety Recommendations and these can be found on our website given below.

We do seem to be arriving, not at Platform 1, but at a version of the  “new normal” whatever that may be and so we wish you all good shooting and that you all keep safe as the chains are slackened.

                                                                                   MAURICE  BARKER.

June 2020 News

Although we have had no meetings whatsoever since March, the Club, in it’s  present metamorphic state, continues to keep it’s members busy albeit in an online capacity.  Our joint Chairmen have worked very hard in producing 6 competitions over the past few months and at this point in time we are just beginning no. 5  Reflections. The criteria for this theme has altered slightly in that these images can be taken within a 5 mile radius of home as well as within the boundaries due to the relaxing of lockdown procedures.

The previous 4 were  Food and Drink……..Flowers, shrubs and trees……..Time on my hands and Inside looking out.     Members can submit 3 images, taken within the specified time, usually two weeks. These are put online when members can vote for the top 5.

At the end of all 6 themes, the 1st. and 2cnd. of each  will be voted for, ie  12 finalists to again be voted for, 1st. , 2cnd. and 3rd.  placings. I hope you can make sense of that. 

The Club Committee have met once in the past couple of weeks using Zoom and found it quite successful after a modicum of minor problems. Discussions related to the Clubs restart or otherwise in September, but as everything at the moment is in the air including the Arts Centre availability we are not in any position to make decisions.  Anyone interested in joining the Club  and indeed current members should keep an eye on the Club’s website, given below, where the full “works” of the Club are to be seen along with news.

Keep the shutters clicking and most of all keep safe !

                                                                                                  MAURICE  BARKER.

May 2020 News

As this is being prepared for submission, we are in the 8th week of the lockout. Many rolls of films could have been unwound since March 23rd. The club in it’s normal format has been temporarily closed down but continues to function on line.

Our Chairman for the past few years, Peter Knight, has resigned, having served his spell in the trenches and done a splendid job. Anyone connected with the club will be well aware of the tremendous efforts Peter has put into the club and these have been acknowledged and appreciated by everyone. One might say he has worked the 25 hour day, and often. Thank you Peter, let us hope that you will now be able to concentrate on your photography in a more relaxed manner. I should like to add at this point that Peter’s resignation is not in any way connected to  Covid19, it had been arranged for the last twelve months.

The role of Chair is now shared between two members, Lewis Thompson and Mike Jenner. They took hold of the reins about the time of lockdown and although the usual meetings have temporarily ended the club is in safe hands at this difficult time.  They have put on line a series of on line competitions in which members submit 3 images on a theme , these are then mailed out to all members who vote for their top 5. What a splendid idea.

The themes to date have been   1  Food and drink,  2 Flowers, trees and shrubs  and  3  Time on my hands. The criteria is that the images are taken within a time frame, no stored images, and they have to be shot within the boundary of the photographer’s property.  At tis point ,I should like to thank them for their endeavours.

This time should be an absolute haven for camera people with superb weather ( imagine  this beginning last November ) , empty cities and towns and landscapes devoid of that person who is always in the way of that perfect shot !

However, ……..we must be patient and await to see what the “new normal” brings.    Happy shooting,

                                                                                                                                                                             MAURICE  BARKER.

May 2020 – Lockdown Competitions

There will be a series of fun photographic competitions set over the next 3 months based on different themes.

We envisage there will be about 6 themes over the course of April, May and June, finishing in July. You never know we may be let out by then!

Each theme will last for 2 weeks and each member will be able to send a maximum of 3 DPI’s. Entries will be JPEG with a maximum file size of 3 MB and must be taken within your own house or garden. Please do not enter photos taken on your allowed daily outside exercise.

When all entries are in, we will send out all the entries to every club member to view and judge all the entries and score 5 images – not your own of course please – no cheating!

March 2020 – Remaining 2019/20 season CANCELLED

The joint acting chair have agreed to cancel the rest of our photographic season and our regular summer outings for the Event Cup.

This difficult and sad decision has been taken against the backdrop of the latest government advice around limiting socialising with others as well as protecting the health and wellbeing of members, some of which are classed as vulnerable to the situation.

It is also highly likely that the Arts Centre will be closed for the foreseeable future.

This will have a significant impact on our club and a number of key events in the calendar will need to be looked at. The following outline decisions have been made:

  1. As mentioned above the 3 outings during the summer, which forms the backbone of the Events Cup, have been cancelled; so, no outings in June, July and August will take place. If, however, the ‘virus’ situation somehow clears in time we may be able to salvage something to run a competition.
  2. Camera Club Exhibition: The print exhibition at the Arts Centre, due to run from April 9th until 4th May, has been cancelled. For all the effort to prepare for this we envisage little or no footfall and also the coffee morning on 11th April has been cancelled.
  3. AGM: Clearly our AGM cannot go ahead as planned on 13th May. It is envisaged to hold this meeting either just before the start of the season or during the first week.
  4. The presentation evening, due on 20th May, will be postponed and will take place at the start of the season, possibly before or during the first regular club night.
  5. The normal 5 club competitions will take place during the next season as already planned – a provisional schedule for next season will be emailed as soon as possible. This will assume that the current situation has subsided enough to carry on as before.

These are very much unprecedented times for the club and, at the moment, there is little guidance, other than around the health situation from the government on what we need to do as a club. Should the situation improve ahead of the restart in September we will potentially arrange some events, such as outings and/or competitions.

We are also looking at the potential of some kind of ‘online’ events in the interim period. We will post all updates on our newsletters and website, so please keep an eye out for them.

In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions please communicate – this is your club and we need to be proactive and Lewis and I can’t think of all the solutions!

We hope that you and your families remain safe during these very difficult times and please do not hesitate to contact us during this enforced break.

Keep safe and well,

Mike and Lewis