Our History

48 years and still going strong (or stronger, even)...

The club was first formed in 1971. Member Peter Richardson has been swotting up on the past as described by the club's committee documents. His account is offered below. If you were a member in the dim and distant past and can add any detail to this, we would be pleased to hear from you....

The club flourished during the early and mid 1970s, but in 1978 a sharp decline in membership led to consideration briefly being given to merging with another club in the area, and even the possibility of disbanding the club. However, the club survived this minor crisis and went on to thrive during the 1980s and 1990s, putting on regular displays and exhibitions of members' work. This situation has continued to the current day with average membership typically hovering at around the 40 mark. Throughout its long existence the club has always prided itself on the fact that it caters for photographers of all abilities, enabling members to develop their skills and interest in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Beacon Camera Club was formally recognised as a "members' club with charitable status" by HMRC in 2010 and registration as a full charity with the UK Charities Commission happened in April 2019. The club now has more than 110 members, having grown significantly during the past few years, and meets every Thursday at 19:30 at the Vale Community Centre, WR14 1FG

We have scanned some of the old club event photos which can be seen here. Please contact us for more info.



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