Happy New Year Everyone

Our next meeting at the USC will be on 9 January when it will be a members’ evening highlighting table top photography so please bring in any interesting items for all to photograph.

On 16 January we will have a presentation by Raymond Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3* entitled “My Digital Doings”

It is also hand in for PDIs Round 2

We are looking to hold more practical evenings at the club this year. This will include tabletop, still life and studio lighting setups. We understand that some members have said that they would be happy to donate equipment (soft-boxes, flashes, triggers, stands, backdrops and such) to the club, as a loan, or as a gift. It would be great if anyone that does have something to offer could let the Committee know, so that we can determine how much additional equipment we would need to purchase to ensure that we have enough options on an evening for all members to have something to do without too much waiting.

So, if you do have anything, please email Chris. As we are having a table-top evening on our first day back on 9 January if you could let him know before then, that would be great.

Mayor of Bromley’s Charity Appeal Quiz Evening – Friday 14 February 2020

The Charity Quiz evening will take place In the Great Hall at Bromley Civic Centre and the evening will commence at 7.00pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

The Club has in the past had one and sometimes two tables, in teams of 6, so if you would like to take part please let me know at the latest by Thursday 16 January as entries have to be sent in before 24 January.  The cost of the evening is £14.00 to include a light supper. Vegetarian option available

Regrettably guests are unable to bring their own food and drinks, but a pay bar is available.

Next Camera Club Outing

Highgate Cemetery Tour – Sunday 12 January 2020£12 per person (friends/relatives welcome too) Meet at the entrance to the East Cemetery at 11:00am to explore this section. We can then go for lunch together in one of the nearby pubs before returning to the West Cemetery for a private tour at 2:30pm. No tripods unfortunately. Please email Charlotte if you’d like to come and we will collect payment at a later date. 

Further planned outings can be found at the end of this Newsletter.

What’s on this coming weekend and soon

Royal Maritime Greenwich Ghost Tour – Saturday 4 January

Discover the darker side of Greenwich World Heritage Site. Hear of drunken sailors sent to “Shanghai”, the Cutty Sark Curse, ghosts of jilted lovers who cannot move on and Royal Family members whose dabble with the occult has left their spirits to linger. Explore hidden laneways, London’s oldest park, the creepiest tunnel in the UK and Royal secrets. Includes a visit to Charles Dickens’ favourite haunted pub.

Duration: 1.5 hours, mixture of indoors and outdoors, leisurely 2 km of walking, moderate paranormal activity, tickets available from designmynight.com

Twelfth Night Celebrations and Mummers Plays – Sunday 5 January starts at 2:00pm

The annual seasonal celebration held in the Bankside area of London is a celebration of the New Year, mixing ancient seasonal customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather.

The Holly Man from the Thames

To herald the celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man (the Winter guise of the Green Man from pagan myths and folklore) decked in fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage, appears from the River Thames brought by the Thames Cutter, Trinity Tide (boat subject to weather!) rowed by hardy volunteers.

The Bankside Wassails

With the crowd, led by the Bankside Mummers, the Holly Man ‘brings in the green’ and ‘wassails’ or toasts the people, the River Thames and the Globe – an old tradition encouraging good growth.

The Mummers Play

The Mummers then process to the Bankside Jetty, and perform the traditional ‘freestyle’ Folk Combat Play of St. George, featuring the St George, Beelzebub, the Turkey Sniper, the Doctor, Clever Legs, the Old ‘Oss and many others, dressed in their spectacular and colourful ‘guizes’. The play is full of wild verse and boisterous action, a time-honoured part of the season recorded from the Crusades.

King Bean and Queen Pea

At the end of the play, cakes are distributed – a bean and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with ceremony.

They then lead the people in procession through the streets to the George Inn in Borough High Street for a warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.

New Photography Youtube Show – Photography Online
There is a new photography YouTube show which has been in the making for the past 2 years. It’s a free to watch monthly show released on the final Sunday of each month at 4pm. Each show will be around 40 minutes in duration and will consist of a combination of tutorials, equipment reviews, location information, editing tips, as well as some photography related entertainment. They will also be giving away some impressive prizes.
The show is produced on the Isle of Skye but covers locations all over the world as we follow professional photographers going about their business.
The show is aimed at all levels of photographers, with some of our features focusing on more basic skills and others being more advanced, the first of which is available now.

PAGB e-News Nos. 244 and 244 extra

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

Forthcoming Camera Club Outings

York/WhitbySunday 5th to Tuesday 7 April 2020

Sunday 5 April: travel up to York in the morning, walking tour around the city in the afternoon and time for sunset/evening photography

Monday 6 April: private minibus trip to Whitby via the York Moors, Goathland etc. – full itinerary to be confirmed (maximum 16 people so first come, first served)

Tuesday 7 April: more time in York before travelling back to London in the afternoon/evening

When I first put this in the Newsletter the cost was £106 for two nights’ accommodation at the Travelodge Central Layerthorpe (per room) plus around £50 for the day trip (depending on final numbers).

Charlotte will organise the above but you’ll need to book your own train tickets – these go on sale 12 weeks in advance so please put 12January in your diaries to get the best price! We’ll send out a reminder nearer the time too.

As Charlotte will have to pay in full for the Travelodge accommodation to get the saver rates, it’d be great if you could email her to let her know that you’re coming and she will contact you to give her bank details. The cost is £106 (this forms your non-refundable deposit). If you’d like to share a room, please her know who you’re sharing with and transfer £53 each. Partners/relatives/friends are welcome on this trip.