Since our Group leader, Leonard Boydell, left Harrogate prior to our April Meeting,
David Purser and Eileen Crank have continued to lead the Group – very much aware
of the invaluable contribution made by our former leader.
A successful Workshop was held in February at which members brought their cameras
for a practical session – learning to use Manual Exposure Controls as opposed to
using the Auto setting.
There were opportunities to take Still Life images inside, and capture ‘moving’
Our Annual Group Lunch was also held in February, very much enjoyed at the Ascot
At our March Meeting, members brought images taken at the Workshop and/or Monthly
Topic “Reflections” either as prints or had emailed them for projector screening.
April – our Monthly Topic “Something Different” gave members the opportunity to interpret
the subject matter as they wished. An interesting display of prints plus images
on projector screen provided a diverse selection – whether using different viewpoint,
angles, and perhaps editing in camera or using computer techniques such as cropping,
basic tweaks, effects, etc. – and provided an opportunity for members to discuss
This Monthly Topic will continue into May with emphasis on the three Themes we have
for the 2011 Exhibition (Textures, Patterns, and Shapes/ Water/ Up Close and Personal).
Dr. Helen Crank (Senior Researcher, Dept. of Sport & Exercise Science, Sheffield
Hallam University) gave a Presentation, showing photographs taken at the International
Dragon Boat Festival, Peterborough, Canada 2010 – in connection with her work with
Breast Cancer Survivors.
Photography Group Exhibition 2011 - This will now be a Joint Exhibition between 29
August to 3rd September at the West Park United Reformed Church (10am and 4pm each
day). So far, the Painting, Textile Crafts, Painting & Drawing, and Photography Groups
are participating. Dates for the diary, as all are welcome to come and view the exhibition!
Reading for Pleasure
We are enjoying another year of reading, and have read a variety of books since our
new year started again in October. Our most recent book was “The Return” by Victoria
Hislop which had very mixed review from the group. The main subject of the book is
the Spanish Civil War, which encouraged members of the group to investigate this
subject further. We are now reading books which each group member provided in a cover,
to be passed on to another group member to read and present at the meeting in June.
I’m looking forward to this meeting which will be full of surprises. We carried out
this experiment last year, which was a great success and I am looking forward to
the meeting in June.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th June and this will be the last session until
Singing for Pleasure
Many people in the group say that Singing for Pleasure is the highlight of their
We are a group of 36 and meet weekly on a Wednesday morning, from 1030 to 1230 at
St Roberts Centre. We have entertained on several occasions at various venues, and
sing a wide range of music. As we are asked back to most venues we must be doing
something right! At the moment membership is closed But I am still looking for two
more gentlemen (Tenors). If there is anyone out there interested. please contact