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Club Events

Throughout the year, and particularly during the summer, we organise all types of club outings and events when we go out with our cameras or show some of our work to encourage others interested in photography to come along and join us.
Below are a few of our outings and events which will give you an insight into what we get up to.
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Private Car Museum
August 2014


In August, we were given the opportunity to visit a private car museum, which many members and their partners went to.

It proved to be an amazing collection of cars and paraphenalia of all sorts of things to do with vintage motor travelling.

With exytremely hospitable hosts, it was a very enjoyable Saturday morning.


Private Car Museum

 
Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford,
June 2014


At the end of June on a Saturday morning, we were permitted to visit Godinton Gardens before the public were allowed in at 1pm. About a dozen of us went and it started as a lovely, sunny Saturday morning, but the clouds were building up with rain not far away.

The beautiful gardens consist of 12 acres of various areas with different themes. The rain did eventually come giving the opportunity to photograph REAL raindrops on plants!


Godinton House

 
Poppy after the rain


Red leaf with raindrops

 
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway,
May 2014


At the end of May, on a sunny Saturday morning, about 20 of us visited New Romney Station. We were allowed on the platform for free and were also able to visit the sheds to take photos.

With plenty of moving steam trains, lots of shunting of engines back and forth, engineers and drivers working on the trains and with lots of polishing to make them shine superbly, it gave us all ample photo opportunities.


New Romney Station

 
Wheels


In The Sheds

 
Prize Giving Night, May 2014

As usual at the end of the season in May, we have our prize giving night along with a stupendous buffet, and a few quizzes thrown in for fun!

With 16 trophies altogether to hand out to this season’s winners, it is a very enjoyable evening for everyone.

This was our last evening together until we have a social get-together in the middle of July, so it is a good opportunity to say our goodbyes to friends for the summer.

Opposite: Some of the trophy winners


Some of this year’s winners

 
Dickens World, March 2014

We were very lucky to be invited for a private viewing of Dickens World in Chatham. We had the complete building to ourselves from 6pm to 9pm one evening, with the actors and restaurant staff all available. The actors were brilliant and kept up their characters throughout, even though it must have been a very long day for them.

The only thing they asked in return were copies of the best pictures from all who went for them to be able to use them for publicity, or their own personal use, which we were pefectly happy to do.

It proved to be quite a difficult shoot in subdued and coloured lighting but gave us all a great opportunity to practice bad light techniques.


Colin gets close in !


The main street area in Dickens World

 
Christmas Supper, December 2013

Once again, our Club Christmas Supper was held at the very comfortable Littlestone Golf Club. With drinks in the Clubroom and the meal in the Dining Room, it was a very convivial evening for all.

We had a choice of 4 to 5 items for each of 3 courses, which were all very nicely cooked. All the tables were large and round with plenty of room for china, bottles and glasses, crackers as well as lovely flower and pine table decorations.

The waitresses were all very good and worked very hard to serve us all at the same time, and still manged to fetch the occasional drink, when asked, from the bar.

Afterwards, there was a special Christmas raffle with lots of prizes, and we all went home very happy!


Paul, the chairman, with Sue


Some of the club members

 
New Romney Country Fayre, July 2013

Every year we have a stand at the New Romney Country Fayre, the largest free event on Romney Marsh. We always have an open exhibition where the public can view the Club Member’s gallery of prints. Prints, donated for the Fayre by the Members, can also be purchased.

Our stand attracts quite a lot of interest and we gain many new members from this event.

This year, for the first time, we had a studio set up so that we could take portraits of anyone who wanted one taken of themselves or their family. We were very honoured to have the mayor and his wife have their portrait taken as well.


New Romney Fayre exhibition


New Romney Fayre exhibition

 
Old Bladbean Stud Garden, June 2013

Old Bladbean Stud Gardens can be found about 2 miles north west of Elham. Normally only open to the public on selected dates for the National Garden Scheme, it is not normally possible for successful photography as so many visitors block the views and tripods are definitely unacceptable. Having booked this as a photography only visit, we would not be hampered by these problems.

So on a chilly June evening, 18 members and friends met at Old Bladbean Stud Gardens for this private photo shoot and, armed with a map supplied by the owner Carol Bruce, we set off in search for the perfect garden picture.

The garden is set out in five separate areas which all have their specialities. As spring has been so cold, the plants available to view were a little out of step with the normal gardening calendar but the Irises were particularly good, as were some of the old fashioned roses.

Towards the end of our visit we had a welcome cup of tea with cake before setting off on the journey home.


Old Bladbean Stud Garden and a welcome cup of tea

 
Prize Giving Night, May 2013

At the end of the season in May, the club trophies are given out to the winners of the various competitions that we have throughout the year. At the last count, we have 16 trophies altogether. It is always a great success and enjoyed by all.

Members bring food and drink for a scrumptious buffet and we often have quizes for a bit fun too!

A good opportunity in which to say farewell for the summer to friends whom we may not meet again until our next summer social evening in July.


Sue Duffield and Bea Auger receive their trophies

Richard Cantwell recieves his trophy


A very happy Keith Cutting

 
Hole Park Gardens, September 2012

With a bright sunny day, club members were able to use the extensive gardens for some creative photography. Splitting into small groups we set off to explore the different aspects and hidden gems that were waiting to be found.

At the end of the morning, some members took advantage of the tasty lunchtime soup and snacks on offer in the tearoom. Then it was off to see what other delights were available. With open parkland and large woodland areas we were spoilt for choice. A great day out was had by all.


Hole Park

 
Medway River Steamer Trip, August 2012

We all met on a beautiful summer morning at Chatham Dockyard. Waiting for everyone to arrive allowed us time to walk around the Dockyard and by 11am, we had all boarded the lovely old flat- bottomed river steamer, Kingswear Castle.

As we set off downriver, we were accompanied by many yachts going out to sea for a day’s sail. As the wind picked up, the captain decided it was best to stay in the estuary rather than go out to sea, so we turnedabout and explored one of the creeks with old wrecks strewn along the shoreline.

Then we heading upriver to Rochester and spent an idyllic afternoon surrounded by tacking dingies. A wonderful photographic opportunity and a glorious day out.


Boats of all ages

All aboard


Goodbye to the Kingswear Castle

 
Macfarlane’s Butterfly World, July 2012

A dozen or so intrepid explorers set off in search of butterflies but found the cool morning made them quite elusive.

Although the butterflies are housed in very large glass houses you tend to forget that they need the warmth of the sun before they become active. As the morning warmed up and the sun came out we found ourselves surrounded by some really beautiful and exotic examples, some of them as big as your hand.

This was a unique opportunity and it has been interesting to see some of the resulting photographs in our competitions.


Pearl and Roy searching for butterflies

 
Kent Car Club at Lydden Hill

In 2012, for the second year running, we were invited to the South’s biggest Best Performance car show on its usual Spring Bank Holiday slot. Kent Car Club invited a group of us to attend so that we could take photos of the event and then take part in a competition that they had created especially for us.

Digital only images are shown and judged by a KCPA judge during the following club season. There is a trophy for the best image presented on behalf of the Kent Car Club.


Lydden Hill