Summer Events: Peterborough Cathedral Workshop

“A Summer Events Workshop” has been planned for Monday 23rd July 18 at Peterborough Cathedral, lead by the curator and photographer of the cathedral Adrian Stone. There will be a maximum of 12 participants for this workshop, so it will be on a first come basis.
The course would be reserved for Bedford Camera Club only.
Here are some key points.  I must stress that the planning is still at the outline stage, but this information will give you a general overview of the possibilities.
We would get together at the Education Centre at 10 AM for an introduction and a briefing.  Refreshments will be served.  We will have sole access to a locked meeting room so personal possessions and photographic kit can be stored there safely.
We could then complete a tour of the Cathedral precincts including the West Front, the medieval gravestones, external views, and the cloisters.
Moving inside, our group will be able to photograph throughout the ground floor.  We can change the lighting to highlight specific photographic subjects.  There is stunning stained glass to shoot, the ornate ceilings, the choir stalls, medieval statues, the altar area and the beautiful east end.  You will also be able to shoot in the medieval library.
We’ll then have a shortish lunch break at the Education Centre where tea and coffee will be available.  Each member would need to bring a packed lunch.
Afterwards we would move up to the first floor called the Triforium, where there are beautiful shots to take, it’s a great vantage point.  All being well we will then go up further to see the roof timbers, the bell ringing area, the wooden winch used in the original construction, and out onto the rooftop for views around the town and beyond.
We will have cathedral guides with us throughout the day.  We may also have an archaeologist joining us, who will share with us the history of the cathedral and its construction.  Adrian  will be available to suggest good vantage points with us, areas of photographic interest and  to help less experienced members with their camera settings.
The day will draw to a close at 4PM.
The day long workshop will cost £40.00 each.
Before the event Adrian will  also send us some basic tutorials on architectural photography and suggested camera settings for preparation.
As the workshop is limited to a maximum of 12, it will be on a first come first served basis.  If you are interested, please confirm to Bruce Deacon at brucedeacon88@gmail.comas soon as possible to reserve your place. If the course is oversubscribed, then there will be a waiting list in case anyone drops out later ! 

Summer Events Evening Walk

Felmersham Gravel Pits Nature Reserve

Join us for our next summer event evening walk on Tuesday 26th June.

The nature reserve is an area of various habitats including lakes and the river Great Ouse. It is known for its range of birds and flowers. 

It is recognised as one of the best places in Bedfordshire to see dragonflies and damselflies.

We will meet outside the reserve at 6.30pm.

To find it, take the road from Felmersham towards Sharnbrook.  The nearest postcode is MK44 1JW.                                                                 Cross the bridge over the river onto the Causeway.  Continue past the raised walkway and ahead on the left you will see a lane just before open fields.  Opposite is the entrance gate into the reserve.

We will park and meet up on the lane.

Please contact Linda on if you are coming so we make sure we all meet up before setting off.

We look forward to another walk in good company and, hopefully, again with perfect evening weather.

Oakley to Stevington Walk

For our next summer event join us next Tuesday, 19th June at 6.30pm for a riverside walk.

Beginning at the Twin Bridges in Oakley (Church Lane MK43 7RU – past the church on the road towards Bromham and Stevington) we will walk alongside the River Great Ouse towards Stevington.

Our route will take us past Stevington windmill.

Moira and Clive will be our guides for the evening.

There is some parking by the bridges, otherwise park by the church or in the village.  We will meet up by the bridges.

Please contact Linda on if you are coming so we know to expect you.

Pole to Pole Wildlife Photography

Pole to Pole

Wildlife photographer, Ursula Clare Franklin brings her stunning photographs to St Paul’s, Bedford for 3 days only, 22-24 June 2018.

Ursula loves focusing  on the  detail that the naked eye often misses, for example the hairs on the legs of insects and the stamens of flowers. 
Since early childhood Ursula has spent time in the countryside, developing a real love of nature.
Ursula lives in the Quantcocks from where she often heads for the Exmoor National Park, a photographer’s paradise with its red deer, ponies and birdlife.
She also loves taking photographs further afield and has travelled from the Arctic to Antarctica with many places in between hence the exhibition title ‘Pole to Pole’.

Come along and see Ursula’s wonderful nature photography for yourself.

Open Daily Friday 22-Saturday 23, 10-4, Sunday 24 June, 2-4
Admission £1 (children under 16 FREE) 
St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq,  MK40 1SQ 

Supper with Music Friday 22nd June 7 for 7.30 pm
Come and hear Ursula talk about her work at St Paul’s church, listen to Cantamus Chamber (3) choir sing, eat a delicious supper AND see the exhibition all for only £25.00 (pre booked).
A few tickets still available, Tel 01234 340163
In aid of St Paul’s church and Bedford Hospitals Charity.

Ursula was a chorister at St Paul’s Bedford whilst her late husband Ralph Franklin was its organist. 
All images are for sale and commissions taken for different sizes and canvases. 
There is also an extensive range of greetings cards for sale and a 2019 ‘Pole to Pole’ calendar of some of Ursula’s favourite images from her recent travels.


Did you find the deliberate mistake?

Of course, the event on 9th and 10th June is the International KITE festival, not a balloon in sight.

Summer Events in June

Just a quick update to let you know of some summer events coming up in the next few weeks.

9th and 10th June    International Kite Festival at Russell Park

12th June                    Evening walk to Woburn Safari Park – an opportunity to photograph woodland, wild flowers, rhododendrons and any                                            wildlife we come across from the perimeter of the park.                                                                                                                                                              Meet at Horsepool Lane, Husborne Crawley, MK43 0XD at 6.30.                                                                                                                                            Please contact Linda via if you are going so we know who to expect.

17th June                    10k run in Russell Park

23rd and 24th June Classic and Sports Car Show at Bicester

24th June                  Haynes Village 100 Festival of Motoring

Please go to the website, news > summer activities for further details of all these events.

Any ideas you have for other summer outings, please contact Bruce and Linda on  If you would like to organise an event, please let us know.

We need your images!  After attending an event, please send in up to 10 images to  Further details can be found on the website – go to galleries, events for submission guidelines.

Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon.


Creative Flower Photography Workshop

A message from Bruce regarding our upcoming workshops with Sue Bishop at Kathy Brown’s Garden.
So far I have 17 members wishing to attend but I need 3 more.  We will be running two workshops, one on Monday 30 July 18 and the second on Wednesday 1 August, both at Kathy Brown’s garden in Stevington, near Bedford.  The workshop will run from 1.30pm until 4.45pm. I need 10 participants at each workshop.  Those that are attending are encouraged to bring a friend, partner, wife, husband etc and they will only need to pay the normal garden entrance fee and assuming they want tea and cakes an additional £4. Kathy requires a minimum of 15 to make it worth her while.
Can anyone interested please let me know asap and if so, do they have a preference of which day and will they bring a guest.  
Please contact Bruce promptly on

Summer Events – Polo

Kirtlington Park Polo Club Open Day

On next Sunday 27th May, Kirtlington Park Polo Club, Oxfordshire are holding an open day to which we are invited (to take photographs that is, not play polo!)  Doors open at 12.00.

The day’s polo provides a perfect backdrop for lots of fun activities including the KPPC dog challenge, raffle, half time treasure hunt and many more.

The club house bar will be open all day and Oxford Fine Dining will be providing delicious food.

Several members went to last year’s event and had a very successful day.

This is only a week away so please contact Bruce as soon as possible via so he can co-ordinate arrangements.


Keep checking the website for further summer events.

Creative Flower Photography

Summer Events

You may well remember the excellent talk we had not too long ago from Sue Bishop and her delightful flower photography.

Bruce has been in touch with her and she has agreed to run a one day workshop for us at Kathy Brown’s garden.

We don’t have a date as yet and the cost will be in the region of £25 plus entry to the garden, depending upon how many attend – the more of us there are, the lower the price.

So that Bruce can assess levels of interest, please get in touch with him as soon as possible at

Please keep checking the calendar and summer events pages on the website for the current list of summer events.  The list will be updated regularly.