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Gas Engine House Photo-shoots

Dear all,
Please see the mail received from John Watkins below which I think may be of interest to some of our members.
My name is John Watkins, as well as being a member of the Hayling Island Camera Club, I have also been a volunteer at the Eastney Gas Engine House for the last 10 years. During this period the volunteers have cleaned painted and maintained these, 115 year old magnificent and rare Crossley Y2  Gas engines, whilst also installing auxiliary electric motors so that they can be seen turning at a reduced speed.Currently we are open to the Public on the last Sunday of the month from 11 am to 5 pm.
As a volunteer I have negotiated with Portsmouth City Council to allow Photo Shoots in the Gas engine House on non-open pubic days and must follow the Photographic Session Rules [as per the attachment ]. These must be filled in and handed to a volunteer  before the session commences. Models are permitted,and should be sourced by yourselves… I spoke to the chairman of the Gosport Steampunk Society during the summer who indicated that members would be willing to be photographed at a session… but this needs to be confirmed.
It is proposed to run 2-3hr sessions a month with a max of 10 photographers commencing Jan 2020.
If Your Club is interested I may be contacted by Email
or telephone  023 9269 0292.
We are in the process of setting up “friends of the eastney gas engine house” where there are a few Images.
Any Contributions to the renovation and maintenance of the Gas Engine House would be very much appreciated.
Cheers John

North Mundham Advanced Workers Exhibition 18th and 19th January 2020

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 or 01243 266094

December RPS group

There will be a celebratory mood at our December RPS group meeting which takes place on Tuesday 17th December in the small hall at 7.15 for 7.30pm as Jeff Owen who has recently achieved his ARPS will be bringing along his successful panel.

You’ll be very welcome to join us to find out more about the group and – if you are ready – to bring along prints you are thinking about for the RPS distinctions. 

In keeping wit the celebratory mood and being close to Christmas, there will of course be mince pies too!

£3 for Club members and £4 for visitors

Print group Tuesday 10th December

Our December Print Group meeting will be on Tuesday 10th, in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.15 for 7.30pm.  

As usual you are very welcome to come along to see what the group gets up, to bring work in any stage of development whether that’s work you’d like to share, images that are puzzling you or work that has been in competitions that you’d like to talk about.  Nothing needs to be mounted but backing prints with any card you have to hand will keep the images upright on the print stands.

This being our meeting close to Christmas there will of course be mince pies!

£3 for Club members and £4 for visitors


Ladies’ Little Christmas

Dear Ladies of the Club

In the last few years we have taken to celebrating Little Christmas – or Nollaig na mBan  in Ireland – which takes place on Epiphany. Traditionally, and the tradition exists in places across the British Isles and Scandinavia, this is the day when the women rest and the men undertake all the usual chores. We celebrate by getting together for lunch.

Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, falls this year on Monday 6th January and rather than extend our Christmas celebrations into another week, we will celebrate on Friday 3rd January provisionally at the Walnut Tree in Runcton at 12.30 for 1pm.

In the first instance please let me know by email ( if you would like to join us. A little alter I will ask for your menu choice in advance of the booking.

Please let me know by Friday 20th December if you would like to come along – there is no need to contact me if you will not be coming.  

Lorna Brown


Oving Traffic Lights Petition

Some members will be aware of plans to close the Oving Traffic lights as part of the large developments at Shopwyke which will affect many Camera Club members as they travel to and from the Club.

The Tangmere News includes this and members might wish to follow up to lodge any objections you might have: –

Objections for the official TRO for the closure of the lights closed in November but because there were enough objections were received the matter will be kept open for a little while longer.

Within this window, the organisers of the petition are trying to get as many signatures in order to put pressure on their MP to raise the issue again with the Secretary of State for Transport. It’s hoped that they have until January to do so. With over 1,700 signatures so far, they are well on the way to getting at least 2,500. it’s been featured on Chi Observer Facebook page and it can be found at and search Oving lights, or find the link to the petition at



RPS Successes

There is excellent news on the Royal Photographic Society front with Jeff Owen achieving his associateship.  Jeff was awarded his ARPS with his intriguing panel “Bark Beetle Tracks” .

This prestigious RPS award requires applicants to submit 15 related images that sit harmoniously together and meet the aims set out in a statement of intent.  Jeff’s panel was created from macro images of the tracks made by bark beetle larva feeding on the trees. In the trails the larva left behind Jeff saw, patterns that ‘reminded me of ancient art, Nazca lines in the Peru desert, cave paintings, hieroglyphs and aboriginal art. In some I could see strange figures locked together.’ 

Jeff processed the images to bring out his interpretation but notes that we each see something different and asks what do you see?
One of Jeff Owen’s successful ARPS panel images

Another recent RPS success was for Jonathan Fiske who entered the monthly competition for the first time and was short listed. To make the final 20 out of 738 entries is a very good result, and especially pleasing for a first attempt.

Jonathan Fiske’s image that was short listed in the October RPS monthly competition

Many congratulations to both Jeff and Jonathan.



Congratulations to Jim Munday who achieved his DPAGB distinction on Sunday 24th November. 

This is a very highly respected and difficult to achieve distinction. Jim submitted fifteen high quality images for adjudication and passed comfortably. 

Very well done Jim!

The featured image above is Port in a Storm © Jim Munday, which was part of Jim’s PAGB Distinction submission. 

Below is Brave or Foolish © Jim Munday, which was also part of Jim’s submission.