- May 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,
- 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!
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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