What’s on this weekend

Croydon Heritage Festival – Saturday 20 June -11:00am to 4:00pm in North End, Croydon – Free

There’ll be live music, dance, performances, stalls, walking tours, open buildings and tours of historic Croydon to celebrate Croydon’s past, present and future. There’ll also be numerous stalls representing many of the Borough’s historic societies and community groups.


Chislehurst Rocks – Saturday 20 June – 11:00am to 9:00pm at Walden Recreation Ground, Chislehurst, BR7 6DFFree

A music festival and fun day created by local people for local people. Their mission is to give everyone a great day out while providing a platform for up and coming talent. There will be workshops, stalls, rides, food and drinks and of course fantastic music.


St. Christopher’s Family Fun DaySaturday 20 June at St. Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, SE26 6DZ – 11:00am to 16:00pm£1 for adults, children free

The perfect summer day out for all the family.


Spitfire Air Display Saturday 20 June – 11.30am (approx.) at Ruxley Manor. 

Enjoy a 10 minute display and an opportunity to meet War Veterans representing all of the British Armed Forces. Organised in conjunction with Shoreham Aircraft Museum.


Sony PAGB Inter Federation SelectionSaturday 20 June at Kings Church, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9LR will be open to the public.

This year it’s the turn of the KCPA as a Federation to host the selection of the Sony PAGB Inter Federation Exhibition and arrange for the images to be displayed in a public venue. Tickets are available at the price of £5 each and snacks at £2.50. Go online to purchase your ticket(s). Why not go and see the selection take place? http://www.kcpa.co.uk/tickets/


Grand Medieval Joust – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June at Eltham Palace.

Knights on horseback will clash in a battle of bravery. Your can celebrate the history in colourful encampments and be entertained by a jester. More info at English-heritage.co.uk.


Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house (Museum of Immigration, 19 Princelet Street, E1 6QH – Sunday 21 June – 12:00 noon – 5:00pm

A fairly rare chance to go inside a crumbling Georgian era house, which was later converted into a Jewish Synagogue. About half of the building is still off-limits as it is too fragile to let anyone stomp around – including sadly the 3rd-floor bedroom, which was untouched for 10 years and is a time capsule of a lonely recluse. The building – being owned by a trust seeking to convert it into a museum of immigration – has quite a few displays dotted around the place showing off the various aspects of immigration in the UK. There is no need to book, however openings, thanks to their rarity have been very popular, so please be prepared to queue. Entry is free, donations appreciated.


Forthcoming Outings

Saturday 4 July – River Festival at Chatham by train.  If you would like to come along please let me know by e-mail. Chatham Waterfront is the place to be on 4 July, when yachts and sailing vessels of every kind will join together for the Medway River Festival. There will be river displays and races running all day, along with food stalls, exhibitions and live music. And don’t forget there is also the historic dockyard.

Friday 7 to Monday 10 August – Portsmouth weekend.

If anybody else would like to join us, members or non-members, please let one of the Outings Committee know and we will see if there are any spaces available. More info regarding travel nearer the date.


PAGB e-News No. 140

To read the latest issue, please click on this link www.pagbnews.co.uk.


Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Commemoration at Biggin Hill

Although this event is not taking place until Tuesday 18 August 2015 tickets are now on sale. Tickets can only be purchased on-line from website www.biggin75.co.uk.  Access to the Battle of Britain enclosure on the day is limited to 3,000.


Photography and other Exhibitions

Crossroads of Curiosity: The British Library meets Burning Man.

On the eve of the summer solstice a major outdoor installation at the British Library, a light box artwork entitled Crossroads of Curiosity will be unveiled. Created by artist David Normal, using rich imagery from the Library’s digitised collections; it was originally exhibited at the 2014 Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, and now appears in the UK on the British Library Piazza.


BP Portrait Awards 2015 – 18 June to 20 September – National Portrait Gallery, St. Martins Place, WC2H 0HE – free 

Selected from a record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2015 represents the very best in contemporary portraits painting.


Photography Competitions

Biggin Hill

Budding local photographers of all ages are invited to send in images that best capture the character of Biggin Hill Airport and the village. Winning entries will be exhibited in the terminal building at the airport, and the winner will receive a flying lesson, framed print of their photograph and an official photographer’s pass into the Festival of Flight 2016. Please send in up to three entries with a brief explanation of the pictures, including the location they were captured and the significance of the picture to photo@bigginhillairport.com, or Photo Competition 2015, Biggin Hill Airport, Main Road, Biggin Hill TN16 3BH by 28 August 2015. Please check the terms and conditions on the website.


Something Different

Every fortnightly issue of Amateur Photographer magazine contains a competition where they print a thumbnail photo of the front cover of a previous old issue, and readers must guess (via Facebook) the issue year and date. The winner (via the first correct out of the hat) wins a free full years electronic issue of the magazine. So if you would like to enter the thumbnail pic competition for this Saturday 20 June’s issue the answer is that the magazine was issued on SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2008. Good luck and thanks to Bob Coggon who has collected the magazine over the years.


And don’t forget it’s Fathers Day on Sunday.