Relief At Last !

Ever since we moved to our present quarters in Saint Barnabas Hall we have waited for the promised improvement to the toilet situation.  Up until now the only one available has been via a long trek through to the rear of the building and up a steep staircase.  As, like so many clubs, our membership is formed largely by retired folk, this walk together with a possible queue at the end has been a major downside to our much loved home.

The building work required to alleviate the situation has been beset by not only financial problems but unforeseen snags with the old building revealing obstacles that have stretched the estimated time and costs.

Over the last year however, the prospect brightened considerably when money became available via a grant from the local council due to the efforts of Councillor Ann Hingley and work was started in earnest.

At the end of 2014 the committee received an invitation from the trustees for the 10th January to attend a grand opening of the splendid new toilets equipped with all mod cons and situated on the ground floor.

Naturally, we were delighted to accept.  Duncan said he would attend at his convenience, Terry wanted to know if it was to be a sit down affair, Andrea said she would pee there and couldn’t wait and lots more loo related comments were made in true KCC style.

It was a very pleasant morning.  We were serenaded by a charming flutist playing Handel’s Water Music.  Coffee was served, raffle tickets sold and there was many an item to spend ones pennies on.  Anne Hingley gave a little speech in the crowded corridor, cut the ribbon and ceremoniously gave one of the toilets an inaugural flush.  All in the best possible taste!

Afterwards all the usual suspects retired to The Three Crowns and Sugar Loaf for lunch.

Flutist

 

Hall overview

 

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Flushing

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KCC Goes to Brum

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The crisp morning of Saturday 20th December saw a small but happy band of five stamina-filled enthusiasts assemble at Kidderminster Railway station for a pleasant ride into Birmingham. Our task to find the Café Nero was interrupted by a visit to Drucker’s, the Viennese patisserie, where we all enjoyed the sumptuous cakes (and of course coffee)!

Our walk around Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market was most interesting, and most of us refrained from purchasing items, enjoying the sights and aromas associated with all types of food, drink and craft. Of course, we could not resist a trip into Jessops! At this moment, the sun came out!

After a leisurely morning, we assembled at The Dragon Inn for lunch (having lost our two Londoner friends en-route – not to worry, John’s map came in useful!) Full of festive food and drink, we assembled at the Olde-fashioned-sweet shop (Andrea made some purchases – were they really stocking-fillers?) to be met by our National Trust Guide and visit the carefully-restored, atmospheric 19th century courtyard of working people’s houses, Birmingham Back-to-Backs, where we had a glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people who helped make Birmingham an extraordinary city. The last surviving court of back to backs – houses that were built literally back-to–back around a communal courtyard. (We were reminded that no flashers were allowed inside the house, as this would affect the wallpaper! – so John Jeff and Bob stayed outside – LOL)

The tour covered three houses, complete with authentic coal fires, lit candles, Christmas trees decorated with oranges, etc, from the 1840s through to the 1970s – visiting Mr Mitchell’s downstairs rooms, with a collection of “glass eyes”, a typical Victorian family home, and lastly the home of George Saunders – who turned his house into a tailor’s shop, full of suits, patterns, buttons and memorabilia. The wooden staircases were most treacherous – they must have been very little people, of very slim stature in those days!

When we left the Chinese Quarter, it was approaching dusk, and we walked via the Mail Box, into Gas Street and onto Brindley Place, where we saw the spectacular three “sky needles”, which have been added to the roof of the NIA as part of its redevelopment. Of course, we could not resist a visit to Café Rouge for social intercourse, followed by tea and cakes. We meandered round to Centenary Square, which was lit by the wheel and evening skating. What an atmosphere! Even the exterior of Birmingham Library looked interesting. By this time, the town was heaving, passengers alighting from New Street were being directed in a one way system round the German Market, but it really was a wonderful opportunity for photography. We were all tired, but happy, as we departed Birmingham at 7.00 pm for a jam-packed train back to Kidderminster.

Thank you all for your company – Andrea

 

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Vic Square

 

Andrea Dreaming

Stall. Ann

Reflections. Bob

Ballons. Bob

Bull. Ann

Back to Back courtyard

Front parlour

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The Three Needles

The Photographers

Reflections. Ann

Wheel & Library

Christmas tree. Ann

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by John Pugh

 

 

 


December 15th 2014

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The last meeting of the year for the last few years has become our “Fun Night”.  No lecturers, no tutorials but, of course there has to be competitions!  The skittle alley was once again imported and Stephen exercised our brains with not one but two festive quizzes.  Duncan and Elsie put on the usual Bacchanalian supply of drinks, there were the obligatory mince pies and Andrea brought along some of her wonderful Bread Pudding.  At nine o’clock Merchants of Bewdley delivered their prize winning fish and chip suppers.  Luckily KCC members, it seems, have hearty appetites!

Duncan & Elsie

Duncan & Elsie’s Bar

Skittle Management

Skittle Management

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Skittle Instruction

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Brian Scoring


Steve Larking

Winning Team

Winning Team

Top Scorer

Top Scorer (Skittles, that is!)

Weny & Jill

Terry's Shoes

Terry’s special skittles shoes

 

Tony & Geoff

JP

A Camera at a Camera Club – what a surprise !!

Wendy's Team

Ready for Stephen’s Quiz

Sheelagh's Team

Maureen's team

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Cynthia

Cynthia working hard

Bob Cheating

Ooh! Looks like Bob’s cheating!

Hedwiga & Hubby

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Quiz Answers

And now for the quiz results…

Quiz Winners

Quiz Winners with their mega prizes !

 

 

 


Round One Projected Image League 2014/15

October 27th was the first competition night for the projected image league and our judge for the evening was Ian Thompson who took the unusual method of having the images sent to him beforehand to assist him in making his decisions.  There were forty entries in the General section and twenty four in the Advanced and we therefore, obtained good value for his fee.

We were treated to the usual variety of styles and subjects with one or two to make the judge think outside his book of rules, always worthwhile !

Sheelagh Cooke took top mark in the General League for her study of a rose entitled “Perfection”.  Both Jeff Evans and Len Harris collected twenties for their images “A Well Earned Rest” and “The Message”.

 

Full results will be shortly be published on the website and the club room notice board.

 

Perfection

“Perfection” by Sheelagh Cooke.

A well-earned rest!

“A Well Earned Rest” by Jeff Evans

The Message

“The Message” by Len Harris


The Barmouth Bonanza

October 17th saw sixteen of us including partners off to Sunny Wales for a long weekend in Barmouth.

We stayed at The Bae Abermaw Hotel in comfortable rooms mostly overlooking the sea and with it’s own private car park and found it convenient being just outside Barmouth.  We had dinner  each evening at the hotel and enjoyed relaxing in each others company.  Being rather off season we didn’t see much of any other guests and so had the very comfortable lounge to ourselves.

On Friday Brian gave a mini lecture with hints and tips towards successful landscape photography.  Did we learn anything?  We will have to wait and see!

Saturday started rather badly when Andrea fell and hurt her arm.  She unselfishly  waited until we were all off to do our various things and then phoned for an ambulance and was taken to a hospital in Bangor where she spent most of the day.  Full marks to Bob and Ann for giving up so much time in bringing her back after her treatment. Their generosity was paid back in part by the presentation at the evening meal of an anniversary cake that Andrea had arranged with the chef.  They had to depart on Sunday (poor workers!) and so took Andrea home.  What a shame that the very person responsible for arranging such a grand weekend was unable to be with us to enjoy it. Latest diagnosis – broken shoulder !

Barmouth and surrounding has much to offer for the photographer whether it be landscapes, seascapes or just mooching about and we all managed to find something to point our cameras at.  And yes, it really was sunny with the only serious rain arriving during our departure on Monday.

 

Thanks again Andrea!

Bedroom

Rooms With a View

A Good Day begins with Breakfast

A Good Day begins with Breakfast

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Rosie – Our lovely waitress

Fruit Juice

“Put That Camera Down and Eat Your Breakfast !” by Len Harris

Brian's Lecture

Brian’s Lecture

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There Will Be a Short Test Afterwards…

 

Rocks in Barmouth Estuary

by Martin Rowe

A SINKING MARTIN AT BARMOUTH SUNRISE

A Sinking Martin at Barmouth Sunrise by Andrea Holmes

Raibow on Barmouth estuary

by Martin Rowe

The dawn train on Barmouth bridge

by Martin Rowe

The end of the climb

The End of the Climb by Sue Hancox

the blue lagoon

The Blue Lagoon by Sue Hancox

Anyone for coffee

Anyone for Coffee by Sue Hancox

Coffee Shop

The Best Coffee Shop in Dolgellau and Possibly the Universe !

 

 

Beach

Barmouth Sands by Len Harris

Smile for the Phone

Smile for the Phone by Len Harris

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by Bob Dixon

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by Ann Dixon

Off the rails

Off the Rails by Brian Berkley-White

Patterns in the sand

Patterns in the Sand by Brian Berkley-White

 

MARK BARMOUTH

by Mark Gameson


Landscapes

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On a lovely Sunday morning we all met up in the countryside at Kinver at a fairly reasonable time for Landscape photography. After a short walk up a hill to our destination everyone began getting their camera and tripods out and started composing for what was a lovely view. After an explanation of the basics of landscape photography and the advantage of using filters, a demonstration was given to each member of how a simple filter could drastically improve their exposure and ultimately greatly enhance the image without the use of a computer. Focusing and composition tips were demonstrated while we walked around Kinver Edge looking at new landscape shots which did not encompass the traditional views and expanding everyone’s definition of landscape and encouraging them to look around them at all of their surroundings.    Terry.

 

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                                                                                                                             and here are some of the results…..

 

Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge by Marion Shephard

Back to nature by Ann Dixon

Back to Nature by Ann Dixon

Let it blow. Bob Dixon

Let it Blow by Bob Dixon

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by Jeff Evans

MARK LANDSCAPE

by Mark Gameson

 

 

 


Macro Workshop with Terry Livesey

Sunday 21st September at 10am and the peace and quiet of Bewdley’s Jubilee Garden was disturbed ever so slightly by the arrival of Terry Livesey  and seven KCC members eager to brush up their macro photo skills.

This was the first of Terry’s hands on tutorials and the areas covered were :-

  • Features of the camera for macro photography.
  • Information about special macro modes and dedicated macro lenses.
  • Composition for stunning images
  • Lighting techniques using natural light and flash.

The day started off by talking about the principles of what Macro photography is and the things needed to accomplish optimum results. The reduced depth of field was also explained and demonstrated.  Composition and lighting was covered and then experimented with. At the end everyone retired to the café and reviewed one image from each person, explaining why the shot worked and if any other methods would of helped enhance the image.


 

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THE SIX IMAGES ABOVE KINDLY SUPPLIED BY TERRY LIVESEY

 

 

 And here are the best images supplied by Terry’s pupils.  Well done everyone!

 

Macro 21.09.2014. Bob Dixon

by Bob Dixon

Macro 21.09.2014. Ann Dixon

by Ann Dixon

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by Jeff Evans

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by Sheelagh Cooke

 


The Morgan Experience

 

Action Woman Andrea does it again – this time with a visit to the Morgan Motor Company to see how they build those marvellous machines.  Everyone agreed that it was a great experience being taken around the factory to see the cars taking shape in the hands of the individual craftsmen from the chassis (no they are not wooden!) to the moment they are put onto the transporter that will take them to their final destination either in the UK or more likely to countries world wide.  Contrary to popular belief the waiting time for your shiny new roadster is no longer a matter of years but a mere three months.  Unfortunately, we were all undecided which model, and there are many, to place an order for –  although it is believed that Steve bought a key ring …

 

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Morgan Group

Laurie persuaded our guide to take this group. You will notice that we seem to have gained a few more members. These are folk that we met during the tour and were so attracted to us that they tagged along.

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by  Bob Dixon

Film Intro

Slideshow First                          by Len Harris

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by  John Pugh

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by John Pugh

Reflections of Jill, Len & Terry

Reflections of Jill, Len & Terry                                                         By Sue Hancox

Supercar

Supercar                                                  by Len Harris

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Grilled Selfie                                   by Ray Rogers

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Morgan Headlight                                     by Mike Gregg

Nearly Finished

Nearly Finished                                                by Len Harris

Weird Three Wheeler

Weird Three Wheeler                                  by Len Harris

Morgan reflections

Morgan Reflections                                                  by Derek Aston

Jeff Asks a Question

Jeff Asks a Question                                                  by Jill Harris

Pattern Picture

Pattern Picture                              by Jill Harris

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Metal Worker                                                by Jeff Evans

Any Colour You Want

Any Colour You Want                                              by Jill Harris

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Awaiting Dispatch                                                          by Jeff Evans

len in action!

Len in action! by                                   Laurie Abraham

no parking!

No parking!                           by Laurie Abraham

Hubble Bubble

Hubble Bubble by Terry Jamieson                      Taken at the Great Malvern Prioryin prior to the factory visit

AFTER ONLY 4 MONTHS THE RESULT OF BEING SOCIAL SECRETARY

A message from our leader!


The Team Challenge 2014

Back in the days when the club membership struggled to reach twenty five this competition was called The Five a Side.  Now our membership pushes sixty, re-naming it was the only way ahead.  Jill organizes us into teams every year.  This year we had six teams of between five and eight members.  Each team was required to submit ten images, a mixture of prints and projected and the judge then gives marks out of twenty to each image.  The team with the most marks is declared the winner.

This year’s winner with was Sue Hancox’s team, “Suzies Floozies” with 164 points.  Second came Derek Aston’s “Aston Villas” with 161.  Third was Brian Hardy’s “Hardy Perennials” with 156. Fourth Steve Ficken’s “Shady” with 153.  Fifth came Mike Webb’s “Wampant Wabbits” with 151 and last but not least (?) Geoff Cookes “Captain Cooke’s Crew” with 144.

Like most competitions at KCC the night was taken anything but seriously, a few laughs were had, legs were pulled, Micky was taken etc.  We had fun with photography then retired to the pub to gloat or commiserate  – ain’t that what it’s all about?

Winners Team Challenge

Suzies Floozies receiving their prize ( a big tin of Heros!) from David Lowe our intrepid judge.