With the Preview held on Wednesday 21st and the official start on Saturday 24th, A Celebration of People and Places is truly open.
The Preview was a wonderful evening with a real buzz and very positive responses. It was especially good to see long-established members of the Club who are no longer regular attendees and whose work is featured in the archive section. We are getting excellent feedback, and it has been really encouraging to hear from Club members who have said how proud they are to be part of the exhibition.
We also have very good coverage from the Chichester Post and Spirit FM, with Rob Campling and I enduring a press photo session and then I did a joint interview with Stephanie Thorndyke, the museum’s manager. I hope this will also give us good coverage for our other exhibitions throughout the year.
The team at the museum have really done us proud, and it has been a real pleasure to work with them. I must also thank the other Club members who joined our very small but perfectly formed working party who drew the exhibition together from the Club’s side. That’s Kim Tattersall, Peter Rocchiccioli, John Howes and Dave Abbott. Special thanks are due to Dave for all his work on the archives and records which has given us so much detail of the Club’s history. It was purely coincidental that we received the print of Club members on a trip from 1896 earlier this summer and thanks to Dave we now know who most of them are, what they were doing and their roles in the Club. Dave will be building up the special section on the Club’s website with some of these stories.
Still to come will be the community contributions the Novium is co-ordinating. The exhibition runs until the 10th March – so plenty of time for several visits!
A couple of years ago we celebrated ‘Little Christmas’ for the first time and this is now a regular feature in our calendar. We shamelessly stole Little Christmas from the traditional Irish Nollaig na mBan, but this – or Women’s Christmas – is also celebrated in the Scottish Highlands (Nollaig Bheag), the Isle of Man and parts of England, such as Lancashire, and marks Epiphany or Twelfth Night (6th January).
The Irish tradition features the men taking over the household duties while the women put their feet up and those of us who have visited Camp in County Kerry, shared photographs of the women’s party there a while back. I can’t say how far the Club ladies have succeeded in establishing that particular element but the lunchtime celebration is now a Club regular.
As Twelfth Night falls on a Sunday this year, we are meeting on Saturday 5th at the Walnut Tree at 12.30 for 1pm and all the Club ladies are very welcome. You do need however to book and in the first instance should let me know you would like to come so that I can make the arrangements with the Walnut Tree.
Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21st December to let me know if you wish to join us. There is no need to tell me if you aren’t coming.
This year we have a charitable element to the lunch as well. Many of you will be aware of ‘period poverty’, the simply appalling situation where girls and young women are skipping school or college as they cannot afford or access sanitary protection. Given most of us in the Club no longer have this expenditure I thought we might contribute to the Red Box Scheme run locally by Chichester College and I will arrange for a collection box to be at the Club. Any of the men who might have read this far, you might like to ask the women in your lives if they would also like to donate – or indeed slip some money into the box and I’ll make the necessary purchase.
One of the many things that go on in the background of the Club is the liaison between us and the Village Centre Management. Most of those discussions are about day-to-day matters, but there are some developments coming along that should bring very good improvements for us that I thought you might like to hear about.
The entrance doors and the lobby are to be remodelled, and the very good news on that is that the doors will soon be fully accessible by our less mobile members and be DDA compliant. You can expect that around Christmas or the New Year. We also had an issue last week with cars parked in the disabled car parking spaces – not we think by our members – but you’ll also be pleased to know that the car park is to be tarmacked and when that happens, the disabled parking bays will be repainted and there will be eye level signs added to make restrictions clearer.
The other big news is that funding has been secured to greatly improve the audio visual kit at the hall, including fixed projection screen(s). We are in discussion with the hall about the specifications for screens, and look forward to these changes which should be in the spring and will mean no more (or at least much less) carrying about of the screen for projection evenings.
And finally – putting out and stacking the chairs can be a real task, and while for the time being we are asked to stack and put chairs into the cupboard to take up the minimum room so other hall users can get access, the hall management will be looking at new mobile racked seating that will make life much easier for everyone. That’s going to take longer so your forbearance and assistance in getting everything away at the end of each evening will be appreciated.
Seating at the Assembly Room that stacks away on mobile trolleys
Our exhibition at the Novium is coming together this week – and starting to look very exciting. Some of the working group spent Monday finalising the arrangement of all the prints, and on Wednesday and Thursday of this week everything is being hung.
What a real treat – we have someone doing that for us, and it really is quite a task, so grateful thanks! There are a few pictures of work in progress below.
There is still some space for the Preview Evening next Wednesday 21st November, so if you haven’t yet replied to Laura Williams at the Novium (please see the separate post), please do so in the next day or two.
Any members who have greetings cards for sale, or even prints that are display ready and might attract sales, do please let me know as the shop is also being fitted out with a photography theme and we can have space there (at a 15% commission).
Lorna BrownA section of the installed time line wall
Prints stacked and ready to be hung The Novium’s Window promoting our ExhibitionSome on the archive prints waiting to be displayed
Members will be aware that the Club has a very special exhibition this winter working with the Novium, Chichester’s district museum in Tower Street. The exhibition marks 125 years since the beginnings of the Club with the Chichester Photographic Society and will include sections drawn from the Club’s archive of prints, work that illustrates and has been inspired by the Chichester district area and our current work.
The Novium would like to invite members to the preview evening on Wednesday 21st November – as the invitation below. Please note though that unlike the Preview for our Annual Exhibition, the space is limited and consequently the invitation is open to Club members only and is on a strictly first come first served basis. Please reply to Laura Williams at the Novium via her email as shown in the invitation.
Please note the due to a situation beyond our control the Meeting which should have been held on Tuesday 23rd October will now be held on Wednesday 31st October. Same time, same venue and the tutorial on printing in Photoshop will be given by Phil Shaw. An evening not to be missed.
The videos made of the tutorials given by Sheila Tester and Phil Shaw on PDI resizing together with Sheila’s tutorial on layers and masks are now available. There are still some issues on sound quality but in the main they are very good and this is a big step forward in the value of the information available from the Digital group tutorials. Many thanks are due to Jeff Owen for making this possible
The next Level 1 two day training workshop will take place at Littleton on Sundays 26th November and 2nd December. This workshop is now fully subscribed, but if anyone is still interested they should get in touch in the normal way via the SCPF website where you will also find further information about judging. Peter Rocchiccioli will create a reserve list and, if there is demand, will consider running a further workshop sooner.
We have an arrangement with Bognor that they will promote our sub groups activities (which they do not offer) and we will publicise their workshop events. Full details of the workshops can be found on their website www.bognorregiscameraclub.org.uk but over the next few months there will Saturday morning workshops on: Getting to Grips with your Digital Camera; Introduction to Composition; Photographing Wildlife and Basic Image Processing. The workshops cost £10 for a 3 hour session on a Saturday morning, are well organised and good value for money.
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.