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Great news!     I’m pleased to say that we will be restarting our club meetings and activities with our first meeting taking place on Friday 30th July 2021 in the main hall of our regular venue at Irwell Vale Methodist’s Church .   The first meeting will be a general catch-up on what’s happened over the last 16th months and an opportunity to get member’s views on where we go from here.

We meet in a large hall so there will be plenty of space and in-line with government recommendations face coverings will be optional and hand sanitiser will be available if required.   We look forward to meeting new and existing members, but in common with all such meetings please don’t attend just yet if you have recently being in contact with someone who is isolating or if you are unwell or have had a test which proved positive, leave it a couple of weeks and then do come and join us.

We’re a friendly bunch and are always keen to welcome new people to join us, whatever your ability and experience.  So if you are looking to get more out of your hobby this is the club to join! 

Membership is open to anyone aged 16 or over, but younger people who are aged 14 or over and who have chosen photography as a study option, or a hobby, may be admitted to club meetings and trips free of charge providing they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is an existing member.

We meet once a fortnight on a Friday evening from 7.30pm. and we usually finish around 10pm.  Please check our Syllabus for dates for the current year as we have to avoid Easter Fridays due to church activities.

Our members have a wide range of experience and styles and are keen to share tips and hints to help you improve your photography.  We use different kinds of equipment of cameras from digital SLRs, mirrorless, smart phones & tablets and film etc.  The club also has a stock of associated equipment which we use on practical nights.

Our club is non-competitive as we wish to maintain an all-inclusive atmosphere for members of all abilities.  However, we aim to improve our skills at every level and to this end the club holds a varied programme of talks on topics such as black & white images; the importance of ‘light’ in landscape photography; architecture; wildlife and close-up photography (see our Syllabus page).  We also have practical evenings: making use of the church hall for indoor portrait sessions, practising macro & close-up work, or outside portraits using natural light, floodlit sessions in the church grounds, as well as local walks during the light evenings in fact pretty well trying anything that members suggest.  The programme is whatever members want it to be!  Our syllabus is varied so there’s something for everyone, whether that be listening to visiting speakers share their knowledge and photos, tutorials on aspects of photography, or practical sessions – there’s always something good going on.

You can try us out free of charge for a night and if you decide to join we have an annual membership fee from January 2020 of just £1. We then pay £3 per club night which includes refreshments and good company.  Each year our club makes a substantial donation to the church which was one of the founding principles of the club.

If you would like more information then please contact us using the form below and we’ll be in touch.