Brockhampton Manor

Terry Jamieson was the star of our day on the 30th of June.  Terry works as a volunteer at the National Trust property Brockhampton Manor.  Not only did he get us access to the site an hour before the official opening time but also gave us a private guided tour, coffee and cakes in the staff room (homemade by his colleague Jill) and even a lesson on the art of dowsing.  What a hero!

It really was a perfect day.  The house is picture perfect and the weather was incredible making ideal conditions for those of us looking for the more chocolate box/calendar images.

Just look at these pictures and enjoy.







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Celebration Night

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the end of another excellent season with a meal at “La Brasserie” and the presentation of trophies to the successful winners.  There is now a break in our programme until September to give us all a chance to collect a few “winners” ready for the start of the new competitions and the committee members to take a bit of a breather.




Bewdley Outdoor Meeting June 2015

It seemed such a good idea at the time… meet in Bewdley at 6.30 pm, stroll leisurely about the beautiful little town for two or three hours taking pictures here and there and then meet at the George Hotel for a drink and a natter.  Unfortunately, the glorious weather that had been prevalent during the day went away at about the same time as our arrival to be replaced by dull grey skies and light, rather cold drizzle.  Undaunted, a fair number of us did stroll but an equal number beat an early retreat to the George.

Jill did a head count and revealed that thirty members turned out, which out of a total membership of around fifty, was a pretty good effort.  Such is the enthusiasm of the KCC  people but it’s not clear if this was for the photography or the beer!

Some shutters did get pressed – see below – it is hoped that more will be added later.

Good turnout


Riveside walk

View Under Bewdley Bridge



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One careful owner




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Bewdley quiet corner

Le Petit Cafe

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One man and his dog


Diss this


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The George

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By George it’s the Lady’s Loo – By Jill Harris (With added rain spots!)

Hanging Day at Old Saint Barnabas

As much as we love our clubroom it has to be said that the decor cannot be described as upmarket.  The room was originally a school hall and retains quite a few of the original features.  There are bookshelves all round now standing empty their only use is a resting place for the occasional coffee cup or handbag and possibly, would you believe, camera.  There is a false ceiling of (1960’s ?) polystyrene tiles probably hiding the original vaulted ceiling.  These are now an interesting shade of grey. The huge bulbous radiators with their six inch pipes around the room are still there and in working (?) order creating an atmosphere that is usually too warm or too cold but hardly ever just right.  Even the old bell rope is there, but pull it if you dare!

Last year the whole received a coat of paint, hurrah we said –  but the finished result turned out to be two shades of a bilious green.

We decided that what we needed to do was to put our own, special KCC stamp on the place.  Fifteen frames were duly purchased and fifteen prints from the 2015 exhibition were chosen.  A small working team moved in and spread these around the room to cover at least some of the pallid eau de nil.  Magic!  We now have a clubroom that looks like it is used by photo enthusiasts and is much admired by the other users, the trustees et al.

What goes where Make your mind up

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Studio Night 2015

This year’s Studio Night was certainly different with a visit from Kaz in her full suit of Medieval Armour and a demonstration from Wendy of her pop up studio plus a demonstration from make up artist Jordan . The make up was lost on Kaz who spent most of the evening inside her tin suit.

There was the usual three studio sets (not counting Wendy’s !) kindly supplied, as usual, by John & Maureen, Steve Ficken and Terry Livesey and most members had a chance to photograph our lovely models, Laura, Emily, Kerry, Anna and the handsome Nick.



Some images from Terry Livesey


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…and some from John Pugh

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 ….and a few from Duncan McCormack






 Refreshments served in the corridor as the tea room housed Wendy’s Pop Up Portrait Studio.



Kaz – our Knight in Shining Armour






Wendy’s “Pop Up Photo Booth” was a great success and a huge source of fun.  Taking up most of the room usually used as our tearoom it sat there like a giant, white blancmange  luring the unsuspecting, curious person into it’s interior where, in an instant, it presented one with a wonderful, colourful print demonstrating just how silly one can behave when there’s no one but a camera to bear witness.

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Wendy hires her booth  to wedding receptions,stag and hen parties, etc.  For further details contact Wendy via her Facebook page at or email her at






Please note that KCC cannot be held responsible for services mentioned on these pages.

Eclipse 2015

It is probably a little known fact to KCC members but our John Pugh, among his many other interests, is a bit of an expert on heavenly bodies of the extra terrestrial kind.  Realizing that this year’s eclipse was not going to be witnessed again until 2026 he couldn’t wait to photograph the event.  Most of us would stay clear of attempting this amid dire warnings of instant blindness should one look directly at the sun.

John, not wishing to be known as ” Blind Pugh” selected the densest filter in his collection which was one normally intended for infra red images and therefore almost opaque to the naked eye.  This was too small to attach to the Fuji 200mm lens he wished to use but he just held it in front and shot away with 1/4000 sec at f22 and -3 stops exposure compensation dialed into the Fuji XE-2 camera.  You must agree that the result is excellent and a superb record of a once in a lifetime event.

If you have taken great eclipse images that you would like featured on this page please send them by email to Len.


Eclipse start

Eclipse max

…and here are some more, this time from Ray Rogers,

with a rather interesting “as it happened” sequence.

Ray took these on his Fuji XT-1  1/2000 sec at f6.7 with ISO 800

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Greenwich Time

Thursday 12th March had twenty of us winging our way down to London again, this time mainly to visit Greenwich.  The trip was organised by our Amazing Andrea and was a great success even down to the weather (how does she do that ?!)

Andrea must have been relieved to see that the coach was all we expected and was driven very professionally by “Bill” of Harris Coaches.

Greenwich has so much going for it that we all came to the conclusion that it would take more than a day’s visit to fully appreciate what there is on offer and, best of all, so much of it free.

Having whizzed round the Maritime Museum, The Cutty Sark, The Queens House, The Painted Hall, The Observatory etc, etc. We were picked up by Bill and taken to the spectacular Canary Wharf for the evening before setting off home at about 7.30.  There were aching legs and sore feet but these were compensated by cards full of interesting images some of which can be seen below.

Coach Interior

Greenwich panorama

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Canary wharf 1


Old and new

The Chapel

Painted Hall

Sitting down on the job


J&M for Web


Balcony Queen's House 2



Looking Up




Ship in a bottle


Tyring day


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Nelson’s Uniform showing the damage caused by the shot that actually killed him.

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Top Hat. Ann


Old Brewery Still,Old Naval College


Ray and friend
Ray’s Chinese Takeaway


Meridian on Phone Derek

This is Derek’s phone showing his GPS status as zero longitude. Strange things have been known to happen at this point such as blurry photos…


Maureen on zero

Meridian Maureen


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Canary Wharf Station


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The watchers. Ann

The gathering pack. Ann

Canary Wharf reflection



Bend it like Beckham. Bob


Mr Morris

Canary Wharf night

Canary Wharf

City Lights

Jill and Len


Exhibition 2015

Every year for the whole of February Kidderminster Library  allow us the use of their splendid gallery to mount our annual exhibition.  The exhibition consists of seventy four framed images from our membership of fifty two members.  This year forty four of the members contributed allowing the club to show a real cross section of work from all skill levels.

The opening night is always a highlight in the club’s calendar and very well attended by members and their partners.  It has become tradition that a trophy is awarded to the authors of the best images in the General and Advanced classes.  We always try to obtain the services of a well known local person to act as judge for the evening and this year Loz Samuels the Arts and Play Development Officer for Wyre Forest Council kindly stepped into the role and seemed to relish the challenge of choosing two out of a diverse selection of images.

This year’s winners were Martin Rowe (General) and Steve Ficken (Advanced)

Of course, the exhibition requires much preparation and planning beforehand and a special mention must go to Maureen Mundon who, for the last two years has made “hanging day” so much easier thanks to her meticulous planning.  Without all the heroes who give their time on preparation days the installation would be far from the pleasurable task that it  always turns out to be.

A special mention also to for Duncan and Elsie who, once again, kept the wine and nibbles going on opening night

It is hoped that the images below give a taste of the occasion.  Here’s to Exhibition 2016 !



Choosing the prints…





Framing Session…

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Job well done – now it’s off to Nero’s


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Time to go home …?

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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.



Hall overview


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KCC Goes to Brum



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


The Three Needles

The Photographers

Reflections. Ann

Wheel & Library

Christmas tree. Ann


by John Pugh