What’s not on at the Club

Sorry but Thursday’s meeting has again had to be cancelled. We have been unable to get any reliable information as to what the problem is at the USC. If anyone wants to meet for a chat about photography, show photos on phone or tablet a few of us will be meeting at The Partridge, Market Square, Bromley at 8:00pm this Thursday.

The good news is that meetings will resume next week (7 February) with the postponed judging of the PDI Competition Round 3 by Andy Smith. Next week is also hand in for the Colour Print Competition Round 3.

The venue will be the Stanley Follet Room at the Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley BR1 2PX with a 7:45pm start. That time and place will apply at least until and including Thursday 28 February. At the end of February if you think the earlier start is a good idea please let me know (valbluck@hotmail.co.uk) so I can gauge if there is sufficient support.

If you have not been to Ripley before the 314 bus passes the door, or the 162 and 269 busses to Plaistow Lane then a 8-minute walk.


A reminder

Should you receive either a 19 or a 20 from the competition judges please send a PDI of your image to the webmaster (Greg Gillies) for insertion in our website.


What’s on soon

SLF Competition Plate 2 – Friday 1 February at Selsdon Camera Club, The Methodist Halls, 102 Limpsfield Road, South Croydon CR2 9EE to be judged by Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB           

Mono Prints:   Beckenham v Cheam v Mitcham v West Wickham

PDIs:                 Aperture Woolwich v Bromley v Croydon v Greenwood v Mitcham


SLF Competition Plate 3 – Wednesday 6 February at Croydon Camera Club (Shirley Methodist Church Hall, Eldon Ave, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8SD) to be judged byTim Morland ARPS       

Mono Prints:     Bromley v Croydon v Selsdon v South London

Colour Prints:    Bromley v Greenwood v Old Coulsdon v Selsdon v West Wickham

Do come along and support Bromley.


Household Cavalry – National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, just turn up, Saturday 2 February 10:00am to 4:30pm

There’s a rare chance to meet members of the Household Cavalry. Serving soldiers are on hand to talk about their jobs at this family-friendly event, which also goes into how the horses are cared for and trained, and some information about the history of the unit. Free


Chinese Family New Year – London Docklands – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February

Go the whole hog for Chinese New Year and celebrate the Year of the Pig at the Museum of London Docklands just a stone’s throw away from London’s original Chinatown in Limehouse. Expect martial arts performances, Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations and classes, ribbon dances, a spectacular traditional lion dance as well as arts and craft workshops. Free

Next week celebrations take place in and around Chinatown.


Heralding Spring – last chance to see on until Sunday 3 February

Due to Chelsea Physic Garden having its very own unique microclimate, over 120 species of snowdrops bloom unusually early each year there. Find the trail of dainty white flowers weaving through the botanical garden and attends walks, talks and workshops to find our more about them. £6.00


Grimaldi Service – All Saints Church, Haggerston, Livermere Road, E8 4EZ – Sunday 3 February 1:30pm

Dozens of clowns in full regalia pay tribute to the late, great king of their kind once again in 2019. The annual service in which clowns, dressed in full costume, gather to honour the king of the clowns, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), will once again take place in the All Saints Church in Haggerston. This temporary venue is larger than their usual haunt but it’s still best to arrive early – many Grimaldi fans and clown admirers usually show, too, up so the pews will no doubt be packed.


Christian Dior Exhibition – starts Saturday 2 February at V&A Museum (South Kensington),

The V&A’s new blockbuster exhibition charts the history of Christian Dior (the fashion house as a whole and its namesake designer), from 1947 to the present day, looking at the influence it has had on the fashion industry. £20/£24.