Newsletter 9th May 2019

Meeting Report

We had yet another superb evening thanks to society member and Judge Susanne Akerstrom, who gave us her comments and feedback on images entered in our Second Chance Competition. Susanne mentioned that several images were of a quality that made it hard to believe that they had previously missed out on the top five positions, but such it the quality of our entries that many great images truly deserve a second chance. The final positions awarded by Susanne are shown below, and it was again great to see recognition for several fresh names. Well done all.

Print Second Chance Results

  • 1st In a Mirror Darkly by Jim Goddard
  • 2nd Feeding Time by Brian Sweeting
  • 3rd Red Kite by Brian Sweeting
  • 4th On Pointe by Sharon Lewis
  • 5th Lets Shelter from the Rain by Keith Perry

Digital Second Chance Results

  • 1st Hummingbird Hawk Moth by Brian Sweeting
  • 2nd Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels by Ian Barrow
  • 3rd View to the Top by Ian Barrow
  • 4th Puffin with Sand Eels by Brian Sweeting
  • 5th The Sun Maker by Jim Goddard

Digital Winners

Print Winners

Call for HELP at Bishops Lydeard this Saturday, ‘Somerset Day’

Please see and respond to Peter’s request that’s on our Group Facebook… “Looking for volunteers to take publicity shots at the Bishops Lydeard Somerset Day on Saturday morning. These are for the West Somerset Railway Association and I’m being nice because the WSRA Engagement Officer is negotiating an “out of working hours” opportunity for us to photograph the Locos and sheds, possibly with access onto the tracks.” email Peter at

Next Weeks Meeting

The meeting will have a mix of activities, we will start with feedback and the final results of our Folio Competition by Matt. Note, if you have entered the Folio but not yet reviewed the images online, you must do so now!

We will then discuss options and ideas for our summer evening and weekend activity programme. These events should give members opportunities to learn, share experiences and gather images for use next season. Please advise your ideas in advance via a mail to , we can then agree a list at the meeting.

We will also see some of Jim’s work when presented in large print format. We always welcome Jim’s fresh ideas, a this should be a great opportunity to discuss his work.

Annual General Meeting & Presentation Evening Prep

We are preparing for our AGM, when members hear from and decide on the Committee for the next year and important aspects such as finances and the running of the society are discussed. Please look out for a separate email with AGM documentation, as this year we will provide agenda and previous minutes in electronic form. There will be no ‘on the door’ charge on this evening, but members are expected to bring some light refreshments for the interval between the AGM and the Presentations.

St Marys Church Bell Project

As announced, we are please to support the town’s historic bell removal, refurbishment and replacement by acquiring images and creating an archive record of the project. This is likely to begin in the summer and take a period of upto 9 months. Members who want to commit to help on this prestigious task should email me at

So as to give an insight and unique opportunity for all members, we have arranged private access to St Mary’s Church, with visit up the tower for aerial views of the town, and a look at the historic bell and clock installations on our season’s final evening of Tuesday 28th May.

See you at our next meeting, Martin.