The Stevenage Photographic Society kicked off its 41st year last night with the start of its 2015/16 season at our trusty community centre on the London road. It was a largely informal night and great to see so many regular faces returning for the new season and even more wonderful to see a good few new ones too! We offer our newcomers a warm welcome and hope that you all enjoy the club and get a lot out of it.
Our very own vice-chairman Mr Tony Brooks introduced the rest of our committee to the group which was followed by a brief rundown of whats to come with our extensive programme that has been put together by our talented programme secretary and news letter editor Mr Chris Thurston. Our exhibition secretary Chris Pike broke some amazing news about our planned exhibition this year, as he has secured space at the Gordon Craig theatre in town for the princely sum of nothing! So start putting all your images together as we have a real chance of absolutely packing it out with all your wonderful work. Don’t let him down! We had a quick run down on the new website and it’s new features which hopefully the club will embrace. A few of the members have already started uploading images so that we can get an impressive gallery going with members having their very own page if they wish!
So with the season underway, we are looking forward to all the events in store with the lectures, monthly competitions, studio nights, tutorials, advice, natters, and social nights. Welcome back everyone, (and newbies) and see you all next week for our collaborative ‘How to use your camera’ group session. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
This last Monday saw the final SPS gathering of the season!
The club met for our AGM which ended with the members voting for our committee members for the next season. I for one retained my position as web guru and internet genius! Largely the committee members has remained the same with a couple of exceptions. Our very own Arthur Ash has stepped down as club vice chairperson after long and distinguished service, and we all thank Arthur for his time, effort and commitment that he has shown the club over many years and hope that he continues to enjoy the clubs programmes.
Tony Brooks steps in as our new vice chairperson having relinquished his position of social secretary which has been appointed to Jo Sowden. We wish Jo a very warm welcome to the committee and look forward to all that she can offer. Chris Pike has also taken on the unenviable task of organising the clubs exhibitions which enable you all to show off your photographic skills whilst promoting the club!
The evening ended with prize giving for the various competitions that have been run throughout the season with our winners being immortalised on the various cups and trophies. Very well done to all our winners!
So that’s it for the season, we wish everyone an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and hope you all enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing you all for the new season come September! For those of you who can’t wait that long, then come along to our more informal summer season programme! Chris Thurston will keep you all up to date as usual with his newsletter and we hope to see as many of you as possible during the summer programme which kicks off on Monday June 1st at Fairlands Lakes for a nice photo walk with Des. The summer itinerary is as follows. (this will of course be updated on the website calendar programme.)
- 1st June – 19:30 – Fairlands Lakes photo walk with Des.
- 8th June – 19:30 – Back to basics with Chris Thurston – (Venue to be confirmed)
- 15th June – 19:30 – Ware photo walk taking in the church & river.
- 22nd June – Social evening at The Crown.
- 29th June – Country walk with Des.
- 6th July – Summer BBQ – The White Horse – Burnham Green.
- 13th July – 19:30 – Bowling!
- 20th July – Q&A Session with CT/PM/TA. (Venue to be confirmed)
- 27th July – Ruby Murray – (Curry night – details TBA)
- 3rd August – Bank Holiday (Newly invented – now cancelled – evening TBA)
- 10th August – Members choice!
- 17th August – The largest parish church in Herts – St Mary’s, Hitchin.
- 24th August – Old Town, Stevenage photo walk (period building) (pub crawl?!)
- 31st August – An actual Bank Holiday
- 7th September – NEW SEASON! WOOHOO!
Back Row L-R : David Price, Paul Carver, Zoe Fitch, Adele Gibson, Gary Nicholls, Sue Golton, Neil Balharrie, Ron Pickford, Clare Hancock
Front Row L-R John Crouch, Don King, Paul Munns, Arthur Ash, Paul Hurford
Don King – Life President
John Crouch – Chairman
Gary Nicholls – Vice-Chairman
Adele Gibson – General Secretary
Arthur Ash – Treasurer
Sue Golton – Internal Competition Secretary, Prints.
Zoe Fitch – Internal Competition Secretary, PDIs.
Ron Pickford – External Competition Secretary
Paul Hurford – Programme Secretary
Clare Hancock – Publicity Secretary
Paul Carver – Equipment Secretary
David Price – Social Secretary
Paul Munns – Studio Secretary
Neil Balharrie – Webmaster
Following several comments about themed competitions, Gary has worked with the committee to put together a questionnaire to see what members want from competitions in the club.
Our first committee meeting in the Arts Centre.