The summer might seem like a quiet time for the Club after the seasonal programme ends in May but behind the scenes there has been much going on behind in readiness for the Annual Exhibition. You will see the website now sports the exhibition poster – with Angela Acland’s eye-catching image of New York and on the Exhibition page, a lovely image by Liz Boden from Lordington Lavender which graces the flyer. Both poster and flyer will be available at the Members’ Pre Exhibition meeting next Thursday, 27th July at Tangmere at 7.30pm – do please collect some to distribute and help publicise the exhibition. This meeting is for all Members and when you will hear how images submitted for the exhibition have fared – you will receive your certificates and copies of the catalogue will be available.
There is of course much still to do, stewards are still needed and Sheila Tester, our buffet catering supremo, still needs assistance. Do please see the details of the help still needed in the separate item from Wojtek Boden, our Exhibition Secretary.
The Exhibition Preview is at 7pm at the Assembly Room in Chichester on Friday 4th August – all Club Members and their guests are very welcome. The Club Awards will be made that evening and we are delighted that Walter Benzie, the President of the Royal Photographic Society will be our guest of honour and will be making the awards. There will of course be our traditional buffet (thanks to Sheila and her army of helpers) and then the exhibition will be open to all our guests, who include our friends from neighbouring clubs.
We open to the public on Saturday 5th August – and thanks to the considerable work undertaken by our Members, the quality of the images on show and the reputation our exhibitions have, it will I am sure be another very successful week. Don’t forget to come along at the close of the exhibition on Saturday 12th August to collect your images (any images that weren’t selected for the exhibition this year may be collected on the 27th July).
The success of the Club is based firmly on our regular programme of activities, and you will have received notification that following a very positive discussion at the AGM, the annual subscription will be £60 for the forthcoming season . You can pay by bank transfer or by cheque and these must be paid before the start of the programme. Next year’s weekly programme has once again been put together by Glyn Edmunds and kicks off in great style with the popular Guy Edwardes on the 7th September with A Professional’s Approach to Photography.
The summer might not be everyone’s favourite time for being out with a camera but the exhibition is a real photographic highlight both as something of a culmination of the previous season’s achievement and a foretaste of what is to come. I’m looking forward to seeing it all in place and to seeing Club Members and our many visitors over the week.
Lorna Brown – Chair
Last year’s Exhibition Preview caught on camera by the Club’s patron, The Mayor of Chichester Cllr Peter Budge