It’s been a good year for the club. Membership is at near record levels (75 at the end of July) and results in external competitions have been good. It’s also been a year for two firsts. The most significant has been the successful establishment of special interest groups for members to grow their skills in the company of others. Currently the specialist groups are landscape, portraiture, sport, macro,still life and street photography and at least one has been so popular that numbers have had to be limited. We thank Richard Lodge for coming up with the idea and his work in setting up the groups which are each led by a co-ordinator.
The other “first” has been “Battle of the Sexes”, a competition between our men and women photographers which the women won by an appreciable margin. Hopefully the competition will become a regular feature of the syllabus.
Added to this has been yet another first class exhibition in the newly refurbished Bury Art Gallery, a high standard of work, beautifully presented in a superbly lit gallery which many clubs would give their all for.
Nothing of course could have happened without the hard work of a committee and in particular the efforts of David Crabtree as secretary ,Stuart Willetts as syllabus secretary, Roy Turner our treasurer and,of course, Garry and Bev hayes the competitions secretaries.
Garry and Bev Hayes are finishing at the AGM and we thank them for their hard work, the rapid circulation of results and league tables and their attendance at many of the outside local comps the club enters. Thanks also to Keith Hughes who is standing down as the organiser of the annual exhibition but can be proud of the exhibitions he has overseen. Thanks too to those members who staff the tea rota and those who come early every week to set up the screen, print display stand and sound equipment.
I’ve enjoyed being your President –the second time in four years-and wish Barry Scott all the very best for his Presidential year. We’ve even got a President elect, Paul Wood, in the wings so there’s organisation for you!