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 summer@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk 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 summer@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk.  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 summerpics@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk.  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@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk.

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 summer@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk 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 summer@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk.

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.

Summer Events

Some events taking place over the next couple of weeks which may be of interest –

12th May 2018        Bedford Amateur Regatta taking place all day at the Embankment, Bedford

A good opportunity to practise some sports photography.

19th May 2018        Young Farmers’ Rally taking place at Scald End Farm, Thurleigh, MK44 2DP

The 71st Bedfordshire Young Farmer’s Rally; With a range of activities happening all day to entertain visitors at the show we hope you visit, apart from all the Young Farmers activities to watch and enjoy, the day offers something for all.  The day begins at 10.00am, admission is £8.

Look out for other club members when you are out and about.

More events will be announced soon.

2018 – 19 Competitions

I know this season has only just finished but I am sure you are all making the most of the sunny weather to get out with your cameras.

Just so you have something to focus on, here are the themes for next season’s competitions:

Seasonal Points – two themes – Monochrome, Shapes

Stan Searle Trophy – Person or People

Architects’ Trophy – Architecture for People

Philip Lepper Trophy – Something Unusual


Hoping to see many of you at some forthcoming summer events.


Please click here for the May edition of PAGB e-news.


CCOTY Round Five – Natural Beauty

The Bedford Camera Club entries for the Photography News Camera Club of the Year 2017-18 Competition have been submitted

The selected images are available to view on the club website via Galleries > CCOTY

The selected images are

  • Leaning Towards the Light by Richard Burn
  • Focused by Andy Howe
  • Caterpillars by Bruce Deacon
  • Svalbard Archipelago by John Pegram
  • Common Blue Butterfly by Gill McLennan

Congratulations to the authors.

This is the final round of this year’s competition and our last chance to make the final. The results should be published by Photography News in about a week.

Thanks to all who have submitted images for consideration in each round.

Jim Boud