Lorna Bray won this year's "Ladies Croquet Championship" (out of both Bishop Monkton
and the U3A Section of Bishop Monkton) and is seen receiving the cup from our Croquet
Group Leader Dawn Hey.
Simon Horner (Bishop Monkton Croquet Club) won the Men's Croquet Championship
Simon Horner and Eileen Davies (U3A Section) jointly won the Doubles Croquet Championship
Photography Past and Present
In the year 2000, soon after the photography group was formed, a few of us visited
the National Media Museum (formerly National Museum of Photography Film and Television)
to view an exhibition illustrating the life and work of William Fox Talbot, one of
the early pioneers of the craft. It was comprehensive and most interesting.
There were examples of Photogenic Drawing, followed by the Calotype process and devlopments
Some years later I visited Laycock Abbey, and found much of interest there in the
Fox Talbot Museum.
From those early beginnings we can ponder the continuous evolution of the art of
photography, the innovation of technical advances which can correct or enhance the
process, yet nothing supercedes the importance of the skill of the photographer's
What's it all about?
February Stray News included an article with the above title about new technology
which I have repeated in part below.
“Most of us have been left behind by advancing technology and the myriad products
which are now part of modern living, iplayer/MP4 player, ipod/MP3 players, iphone,
podcast, mobile phone, camera, video, bluetooth, ebook, digital tv / radio, HDMI,
DVD recording, home cinema, Facebook, YouTube, Blackberry, GPS, blog, twitter/tweet
, WIFI etc.,” ( - and now add Kindle, iPad, androidphone etc.etc.)
I was pleased to receive about ten interested responses but not all felt they could
present a topic . Because of that and the obligations of a group leader I did not
take it further. Some members expressed disappointment and one is enthusiastic enough
to lead the activity and so I am returning to the subject.
The range of subjects is too varied to expect one person to be conversant with all
topics and so every member will be required to lead a topic, with support from the
other members. This is not as difficult as it may appear since information is now
readily available on the internet. If you are interested in this idea, please contact
me (again), by email. With sufficient interest, I will arrange an initial meeting
in the New Year where we will agree on procedure and identify the first few topics.
(The same subject is raised in the (national) October U3A News where the writer asks
for ideas to enable the typical U3A member to keep up with the use of modern products)