Throughout the year, and particularly during the summer, we organise all types of club outings when we go out with our cameras as a group, and other halves are welcome to come along too. Occasionally, we also have exhibitions.
Below are a few of our outings and events in recent years which will give you an insight into what we get up to.

Vist to Hope Ruins

On a rather cool day in July, we met up for a private visit to the ruins of Hope Church of All Saints. Lying just outside of New Romney, this church was built in 1150 but fell into decay in the 17th century.

It is a place of many surprises now that the IMOS Foundation has taken over the care of the site. As well as sheep, donkeys and geese there are many works of sculpture and memorial spots, including the old shoreline of the River Rother when long ago it flowed out to sea at New Romney harbour.

Our tour was led by Briony Kapoor, the vivacious artist and founder of the IMOS Foundation charity. If you would like to visit Hope, please contact or phone 01797 363 099 to arrange a trip. Further details at

Visitors at the exhibition in st Nicholas Church, New Romney

Exhibition in St Nicholas’ Church

The Club has an annual display of members’ work to coincide with the New Romney Country Fayre. The display is held in the centre of New Romney in St Nicholas’ church, which provides light refreshments, lunches and various exhibitions.

This year the church reported a bumper year of visitors and literally hundreds of people stopped to inspect the prints (as opposed to glancing at them as they passed by) so the event was a huge success.

Visitors at the exhibition in st Nicholas Church, New Romney

Day Trip to Arundel

The club joined a coach trip to Arundel in West Sussex, famous principally for its castle and cathedral but also well-known for its independent shops, contemporary art galleries, restaurants, cafes and tourist-trap olde worlde ambience.

This was one of the hottest weekends of the year and the excursion ticket included the castle and gardens and the four-nation medieval tournament that was happening in the grounds that day.

Arundel Castle Courtyard

Private Car Museum

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 cars and travelling.

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

Private Car Museum

Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford

One Saturday morning in June, 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!

Godington House & Gardens

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

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

Dr Syn at New Romney Station, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Dickens World, Chatham

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.

Dickens World

Old Bladbean Stud Garden

Old Bladbean Stud Gardens is 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.

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.

Old Bladbean Stud Garden

Medway River Steamer Trip

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 turned-about 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.

Kingswear Castle at Chatham

Hole Park Gardens

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.

Old Bladbean Stud Garden