What’s on at the Club tomorrow and for the next few weeks

Tomorrow is the first meeting of the new season. The meeting will be devoted to providing training for members in the three different areas that were detailed in last week’s Newsletter.

It is also hand in for Round 1 of the PDI Competition.

Thursday 14 September is the PDI Competition to be judged by Paul Parkinson

Thursday 21 September is the Summer Project presentations “Music in London”. The winning team to be decided by a vote of those present who had not taken part in the project.  It is also hand-in for Colour Prints Round 1.


Annual General Meeting

Please find attached papers for the meeting. Don’t forget to bring these along with you on 12 October. The Treasurer’s Reports will be available on the evening.


Message from Madeleine and Paul 

“Thank you all for your lovely card and the best wishes that came with it. It was really great to see some of you at the church for the ceremony. If you’d like to see the photos go to www.longfield-studios.com. Look in the client gallery for our wedding and use the password oakley.”


What’s on soon

Spitfire Air Display – Saturday 9 September – 3:00pm – 3:30pm

The Biggin Hill Spitfire will be performing a special flypast and mini display at Coolings (Rushmore Hill, Knockholt). There are also a couple of talks, one by the spitfire pilot. Both talks cost £10 each and can be booked through the Coolings website.


The UK Traditional Boat Championship – 21.6 Miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey – Saturday 9 September – starts at 12:40pm

The Great River Race is London’s River Marathon. A spectacular boat race up the River Thames, it attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe. The Great River Race appeals to every level of competitor! From dedicated athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts, it’s a great fun day out for both competitors and spectators.


Women In Front – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September – 11:00am – 4:00pm – Free

A public art exhibition commemorating the contribution of women to the war effort at home and at the front in the First World War.

In March 1917, the Women’s War Work Subcommittee was formed to collect materials covering the contribution of women to the war effort for a National War Museum. The subcommittee commissioned photographers Horace Nicholls, George Parnham Lewis, and Olive Edlis (covering France) to record the work undertaken by women, this culminated in an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1918, attracting 82,000 visitors. 100 years later, Women In Front through the artworks on display, tells the stories of women’s lives before the war, their war work, and what happened to them afterwards.

The exhibition funded by Southwark Council Neighbourhood Fund is in the Chapel, Ladywell Cemetery (Ladywell Road, SE13 7HY) as part of National Cemeteries Week.

There is also a Guided walk on Sunday 10 September 2pm-3.30pm linking with the theme of the exhibition. Meet at the Ladywell Chapel.


Classic Boat Festival – St. Katharine’s DockSaturday 9 and Sunday 10 September – 12:00noon – 6:00pm – Free

Join the 9th annual Classic Boat Festival for your chance to climb on board over 40 vintage sailing and motor yachts not usually open to the public. As well as discovering these wonderful boats and yachts, there will be a number of family activities for everyone to enjoy and get involved in. There will be live music from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, nautical face painting for the kids (and adults alike) and plenty of scrummy street food courtesy of Epicurean Events. The brilliant team at Moo Canoes will also be offering free drop-in canoe trials on the water.


Thames Barrier Annual Test Closure – Sunday 10 September

Once a year, the Environment Agency holds a full tide test closure of the Thames Barrier. The Barrier gates rotate by 90 degrees into the fully closed defence position stopping the tide going upstream into London. As the tide continues to come in, a higher level of water will build up downstream of the Barrier creating a different water level either side of the gates. Shortly after high tide, the gates will rotate further creating a 2-metre gap underneath (underspill). This in turn creates a white water rush effect behind each of the massive gate structures attracting birds to feed on small fish. This ‘underspill’ lasts approximately 2 hours. 

There will be various fun and educational activities for children, talks, demonstrations, information and display stands between 12:00 – 18:00. 

Test closure event is free, but there is a fee for entry to the Information Centre


Open Days at Crystal Palace Subway – Sunday 10 September – First entry 2 pm last entry 4:30 pm.  Also open for the Open House Weekend

The gem of Crystal Palace a Grade II-listed Victorian subway, which was originally built to connect the neo-gothic railway station to the once grand Crystal Palace back in 1865. While not currently open to the public, this is a rare chance to enter and have a look for yourself. Arrive early to grab a place in the queue and check out its diamond-shaped design. find out more here.


Open House Weekend – Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September – free

The big annual event opening up hundreds of buildings to the public for free.

Best to visit their website (https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk) to wade through the huge list of venues to visit.


Thames Sailing Barge Parade – Saturday 16 September – starts at 12:00 noon

A parade of Thames Sailing Barges, sailing from the Isle of Dogs to London Bridge.

The Thames Sailing Barges will lock out of West India Dock and head up river towards Tower Bridge. There they will create an amazing sight at midday as Tower Bridge will lift, almost fully, and the barges parade into the Pool of London. This is the heart of London where they used to trade at the beginning of the 20th century and this event will be the largest gathering of Thames Sailing Barges seen here since those days.


DI EXPO 2017 – Saturday 23 September at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.

The event is multi choice – you can elect to hear one or more high calibre speakers or enjoy some practical sessions in the portrait or flower studios, or a combination of both.  There are also opportunities for those considering their RPS Distinctions to have a one to one advisory session. There will be a wide selection of trade stands, so there are plenty of chances to talk and perhaps buy at special prices.

The venue is near to the NEC, so there are convenient road, rail and air links. Tickets are held to the same price as two years ago for this event. There is a special price for anyone ordering 4 tickets at the same time = £100 (£25 p.p.). The link to more details about the programme and ticket sales is:  www.rps.org/DIGexpo


Canon Experience Days

I have received an email from Jane Puncher (KCPA Secretary) regarding FREE tickets to Canon Experience Days. One or two might be worthwhile for individual federations/Camera Clubs. From experience Jane can thoroughly recommend attendance if at all possible. Names, addresses etc of intending attendees should be sent to Frankie.Jim@cukcanon.co.uk