Manuel is offering a great opportunity. He will lead one or two small groups on a “starting from scratch” photographic walk. Manuel is well known in the club and an excellent photographer. I am sure with his help anyone will gain a very good grounding in photography.
Summer Event – Orford – Wednesday 20th September 2017
Clive is arranging a brilliant members’ photographic day out to Orford, Suffolk, a few miles from Ipswich.
Orford is steeped in history. The village grew in importance in the 12th century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built. The Church and the Quay were built by the Normans and, at one time, Orford was a thriving commercial and fishing seaport until the growth of Orford Ness cut it off from the sea and access was redirected through the mouth of the River Ore. The Quay is now used for access to The National Trust site on Orford Ness, the R.S.P.B sanctuary on Havergate Island.
The Castle is now owned and maintained by English Heritage and presently houses display cabinets from the Orford Museum. The magnificent Keep has been a local landmark since the 12th century and it continues to attract large numbers of visitors.
The National Trust Site on the Ness provides a fascinating insight into some of the activities carried out during the Cold War, including nuclear detonator test sites.
Orford is famous for its local oysters and smokehouses. There is a garage, a well stocked village shop, a butcher, an award winning artisan baker, an antiques shop, gift and craft shops. Fresh fish caught by local fishermen are sold on the foreshore. Orford’s economy is increasingly dependent on its tourist trade although it continues to be an active and vibrant community.
Clive will also try to arrange an optional trip to Orford Ness, the old atomic research centre, now run by the National Trust, for any members wishing to include this in their day at Orford. This may be a guided trip depending upon availability and member demand. Prices to Orford Ness vary from £4/£10 for the basic access boat trip and £20 or £60 for optionally different guided formats
It would be a very full day as it is a 2 hrs 30 mins drive each way.
07:00 hrs Leave Bedford
10:00 hrs Arrive Orford
17:00 hrs Leave Orford
19:30 hrs Arrive Bedford
The optimum number for an organised trip is 12, but Clive is willing to organise anything from 2 people up as he loves the place for its various photographic possibilities.
Link for Orford http://www.orford.org.uk/ As you can see, from the above shot Clive took in 2014, the waterside has some wonderful old boats to photograph as well as the castle and village itself.
Link to Orford Ness National Trust https://www.nationaltrust.org. uk/orford-ness-national- nature-reserve
Any other information or to reserve your place on this trip please email Clive Williams at . Clive will also arrange any car sharing requirements so if you wish to join one and/or are prepared to drive others (costs shared amongst passengers) tell Clive. As soon as Clive has enough takers he will contact you to see who would like to add on a trip to the NT Orford Ness site too.
We have a group visit to the Panacea Museum and gardens arranged for Tuesday 18th July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
All members are welcome to attend and to find out the fascinating history of the Panacea Society. The museum is housed in ‘Castleside’, a beautiful Victorian house which was home to the society.
We will start off in the garden while the light is good.
That will be followed with a guided tour of the museum, where we will have the opportunity to photograph the room settings and practise working in low light conditions without flash. There is not space to use tripods.
The café will be opened to us after the tour.
Parking is free after 6pm in all roads around the museum.
Please meet outside the museum entrance on Newnham Road, Bedford, MK40 3NX at 6.25pm.
This is a good opportunity to visit a local institution and to practise your photography at the same time. There is no cost for this visit.
Please contact Linda Swain on by Monday 10th July if you would like to join in.
Any other Camera Club members or friends are welcome to come along to what will be a wonderful chance to see the falcons up close and try your hand at birds in flight.
Anyone wishing to attend, please let Rosie know on or
I am sure you are all enjoying the wonderful summer weather and are getting out taking lots of super images.
So that you can plan for next year’s programme while you are out and about, here is a table of the internal competitions and their themes.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our planned summer events over the next couple of months.
Enjoy your photography!
A few new exciting events have now been arranged by Moira, Rosie and Steve.
So far he has raised £1,984 for DEBRA, a real achievement given the last minute request from DEBRA to fund raise and get fit enough to complete the London Marathon.
The winning numbers were (from 1st to 9th prize)
On 3rd May we entered the 3-way between Kempston Camera Club, New city Photographic Society and Bedford Camera Club, its last external competition for the 2016-2017 season. Thanks to New City for coming to support this event after Shillington were unable to attend.
This event consisted of 2 rounds, one for prints and a second for PDI, 10 images from each club for each round.