We have just received communication about the results of the Crouch Shield. The live judging of images had to be cancelled but they have managed to get them all judged remotely. I am pleased to say that Chichester came in first place with 145 points, 2 points in front of 2nd placed Henfield. 3 of the images scored a maximum of 20 points: Alyssia Newman by ANdy Dulson; It’s a Dog’s Life by Lorna Brown and Port in a Storm by Jim Munday.
Well done to all. Another ‘trophy’ for our collection
A Special Meeting of the Club Management Committee was held this evening to discuss the implications of the evolving Corona virus and being mindful of the Government advice issued this afternoon that everyone should avoid social contact in pubs, clubs, theatres etc. In the circumstances and with great regret the Management Committee had no choice but to determine that the Club be closed with immediate effect. This closure will last until the end of the current programme year at least.
We will continue to monitor the rapidly changing virus situation and the Government/medical advice on how best to deal with it. We all hope to be able to resume our Club activities as soon as it is safe to do so, hopefully in the Autumn.
This is a great disappointment to all of us but the health and welfare of all members has to be our primary concern, particularly in a situation where the elderly are most at risk. Further information on the Spring Exhibition, Annual Exhibition and the scheduled AGM will be issued in due course and we will endeavour to resume a normal programme as soon as we are able.
In the meantime stay safe, be mindful of Government and medical advice and enjoy the sunshine (if we ever get any). With best wishes for a healthy summer and beyond.
An Exhibition of work from the Image Circle will be held at the Oxmarket, Chichester from 24th March to 5th April. The Image Circle comprises 5 photographers including Alan Frost from our Club. The gallery is open from 10am to 4.30 every day apart from Monday 30th March. Entry is free
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Richard (Dick) Smith – a lovely man who was a great asset to the Club and who very much appreciated his time with us.
I spoke to his wife, Marilyn, this morning to pass on our condolences. Apparently he had deteriorating kidneys which recently required some dialysis and that put too much of a strain on his heart.
Marilyn has sent me some details about Dick’s funeral to be held at 12 noon on Thursday 2nd April at St Peter’s Church, Selsey (PO20 0NA). She says that all are welcome whether you knew him well or just wanted to pay your respects and please feel free to wear light and cheerful colours as that was his wish.
Afterwards there will be a wake at 5pm at Selsey Golf Club, Golf Links Lane, Selsey (PO20 9DR). Again all are welcome. Ahead of the funeral Marily would welcome any reminiscences or anecdotes that you may have about him or any photos as she hopes to have a display of photos at the event. Perhaps you could channel those through me.
We have received advice from Chichester City Council about the implications of the Corona Virus if bookings have to be cancelled. As part of that guidance the Council emphasised that good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent infection and that if someone is feeling even slightly unwell it is best to stay away.
The Management Committee will continue to monitor Government and Health Service advice about sensible precautions to take and take action as necessary but in the meantime we intend to continue the Club programme as is.
I called in to see Wojt over the weekend. He confirmed that Liz has had a second stroke but fortunately relatively mild. She has a slight loss of strength in her right arm and leg but she is recovering well and Wojt hopes that she will be fit to return home in a few days. I passed on the very best wishes of all of us for a speedy recovery
Chis Palmer, our judge last night, contacted us this morning to say that he left his glasses in the gents loo. If anyone has them or handed them in to anyone could you please let me know so we can arrange for these to be returned.
1/ We need prizes for the Tombola to be held on both days of the exhibition. Any unwanted Christmas gifts, bottles of wine or spirits, chocolates etc would be very welcome. Please contact Lyn Owen or Carmel Lynch. 2/. There will be the usual Sales table for photographic equipment and associated items such as books etc. Please bring along any items no longer required. Should there be any queries regarding sales, please get in touch with myself. The amount of money raised for the club from this and the Tombola can amount to a surprising amount. 3/ There will be the usual Saturday evening dinner at the end of the exhibition’s first day. This is open to ALL club members and helpers. The cost of this will be £13 for a three or four course meal including wine, Margret Preece will be taking bookings for this at club meetings in the new year prior to the exhibition. However it would be appreciated if those of you hoping to come to the dinner could let either Margret or myself know in advance by email etc to give us an idea of demand. 4/ Finally for those of you exhibiting at the exhibition, please send your bios to Stephen Marsh as soon as possible and certainly before Christmas. Should there be any other queries regarding the exhibition, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01243 266094