What’s on at the Club tonight 

It’s the AGM. Looking forward to seeing you all at the start of the season, I hope you have enjoyed the break and taken lots of excellent photos.  If you are unable to attend the AGM and haven’t informed me yet please do so.


What’s on at the Club next week

Next week is the judging of the summer project. It is also hand in for Round 1 of the Colour Print competition. This year there has been a change to the rules. Either just before the competition or just after it, a PDI of each print (produced in the usual format) should be sent to the PDI secretary (Steve Jones – pdisecretary@bromleycameraclub.org.uk) with a covering e-mail making it clear that they are copies of print entries. This applies to both colour and monochrome print competitions. These are needed so that if a print is part of the SLF panel we can send in the required PDI without asking the photographer to produce one at a later date, also if the print is chosen for mention by the judge at the Exhibition the required PDIs are available.


Things to do this weekend

Tour of Britain Bike Race – Sunday 13 September

Stage 7 of the race goes from Camberley to Brighton – more details on website www.tourofbritain.co.uk.


Classic Boat Rally – Saturday 13/Sunday 14 September at Marble Quay – 11:00 am to 6:30 pm

An annual celebration of classic, historic and working boats in the world famous docks located next to Tower Bridge. Walk around or step on board an array of beautiful and interesting vessels and learn about the history from their owners. Sign up for free tours of the docks led by the working staff of St Kat’s, or relax in the quayside bars and restaurants and enjoy live music, family activities or just take in the fun and festive atmosphere. Among the scheduled events and attractions are the Queens Row Barge, ‘Gloriana’, the Massey Shaw fire-boat, the Steamtug ‘Portwey’, SB ‘Cambria’ , and Up Projects’ Floating Cinema.

Barge Driving Races – Sunday 14 September – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – viewing at riverside locations between Tower Bridge and Waterloo Bridge

The annual Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Race is a chance to see traditional lighterage skills being carried out as they were up until about 50 years ago. The race is in memory of Steve Faldo, captain of the Marchioness, who died along with fifty others when it sank after being run down by a dredger on 20 August 1989.

The skill of barge driving enabled a single Lighterman to move a laden barge or ‘lighter’ around the port of London using his knowledge of tides and tidal sets with a single sweep or oar. These barges or lighters would have been moored or ‘fetched’ alongside the many ships and warehouses working within the port and in a similar manner you will see the competitors ‘fetching’ and collecting flags from the target barges today. Professional watermen and lightermen who, to this day, still operate the many tugs and passenger vessels on the tidal Thames man the main race. There will also be a second shorter race without fetches.

The Dave Pope Challenge has been added to the day’s events to allow members of the public a chance to experience barge driving under the supervision of Thames lightermen.

Tower Beach Open Day – Sunday 14 September – 11:00 am to 1:30pm – Tower Beach foreshore, EC3N 4AB

A rare opportunity to enjoy the once bustling London beach at Tower Bridge. Uncover ancient (or not so ancient!) objects on the foreshore and have them identified by experts


Photography Exhibitions

The Isle of Sheppey Camera Club is holding a print exhibition at the Gateway Sheerness from 6th September till 11th October.

The Rye and District Camera Club is holding its print exhibition at St. Mary’s Church Centre, Rye, TN31 7LB on Saturday 13 September from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. (www.rdcc.co.uk).