• August 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

    Garstang

    Preston

    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 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

                                        info@garstangcameraclub.co.uk

    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 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.