This Month’s Meeting
Wednesday 18th April - Members’ photos:
The Bell has a large car park to the rear and it is about 10 minutes’
walk from Hampton station and also near R68, 111 and 216 bus stops.
At our AGM in March we decided a pub like this would offer a more
friendly and informal environment and could also accommodate more
We will break for drinks half way through the evening which the Society
will pay for on this occasion.
At the end of the evening, the meeting will discuss if The Bell Inn has
been successful and if we should hold the next meeting there or what
alternative venues should be tried.
Subs for April 2018 to April 2019 are now due and can be paid at the
Change of Programme
Our Society plans to enter images in the ‘Open’ category of the SPA
inter-club PDI competition on 12th May at East Horsley. We entered last
year for the first time but thought it would be useful to get members
together to review submissions first this year. Members are asked to
bring about six JPG images each from which the meeting will select the
16 best (but not more than three from any Member) to be submitted by the
Committee to the SPA by 28th April. Not only will this make the entry
the “Members’ choice” but also fulfil the wish of Members at the AGM to
see more Members’ photos. Anyone not bringing images is still welcome to
attend and give an opinion. Note that you will have to have paid your
membership fee for 2018-19 to get your image included in the Society’s
Saleel Tambe’s wildlife presentation, originally scheduled for April,
has consequently been postponed to later this year.
Last Month’s Meeting
Wednesday, 21st March - AGM:
This year’s AGM had an additional item on the agenda to seek Members’
views on the Society’s future and to discuss and propose ways of
revitalising the Society and boosting Members and attendance at
meetings. This was necessary as attendance at meetings was declining
very slowly and was now below a level to support external speakers.
This was a big success as all Members present enthusiastically
contributed new ideas for talks, events, venue, etc. and we did not even
take a tea break or have time to see each other’s photos afterwards!
Members want to see more of each other’s photos so we will have at least
4 evenings a year for viewing and constructive discussion of them
(starting this month). Talks or presentations by speakers will still
comprise the majority of meetings, but will be split between outside
“names” and Members or friends/contacts from other clubs. The AGM agreed
that higher fees could be paid to “names”. A few more outings will be
proposed, providing more photo opportunities.
Committee elections followed with a few changes including the return of
Martin Pearson, back in his former role of Treasurer, and we have a new
Programme Co-ordinator, Rosie Littlemore. But again we only managed to
get one nomination for each post so there was no need for selection by
It was decided not to raise the membership fee this year. The visitor
fee, however, has been increased to £5.
Wednesday, 16th May – Venue to be confirmed
Vanda Ralevska returns with a talk: “Time to Stand and
Stare” Continuing my Journey. Vanda will describe her challenges and
development as well as enjoying the time and place.
Wednesday, 20th June
Maythem Ridha will talk about his North African
images/book and current project.
Photo Opportunity – 13th May on the river at Hampton
I thoroughly recommend the ‘Tudor Pull’, a colourful traditional
ceremony that happens once a year with, unbelievably, very few
spectators (at least up to now) – see website:
PAGB Newsletter: If you have not yet subscribed, I
Most of you will know this, but just in case…. To prolong camera battery
life, do not recharge a battery until it has reached one third of its
full charge but don’t let it fully discharge either. Turning GPS off
will also save power.
Lastly, have you remembered to change your camera’s time to summer time?