The club was formed in June
1955 as the Aldershot Camera & Cine Club.
The initial membership was 25 and the first Chairman was Jim O'Farrell.
Membership cost £2.00 per year. The club did not have any premises at
this time so meetings were held at members houses in Aldershot.
In 1957, the club had found a
regular meeting place. This was the Red Cross Hall in Aldershot. This
year also saw our currently longest serving member join. This was Mike
Hammersley. He is still active in the club today and some of his work
in displayed on this site.
In January 1965 the club moved
to a room in Aldershot Public Library. At this time the cine section
was very active in film production.
June 1967 saw the club on the
move again. This time to premises in Laburnum Road, Aldershot. Around
this time, Sylvia Nash began reporting the activities of the club in
the Aldershot & Farnham Herald weekly newspaper. To out eternal
gratitude, she still does this today even though she has formally
retired from the newspaper.
In the early 1970's, the club
faced serious problems. Membership declined, the club room was
unsatisfactory and the future looked bleak. The club rode
these difficulties helped by a decision to meet alternatively in
Aldershot and at Church House in Farnham. At the same time, the name of
the club was changed to Aldershot & Farnham Camera Club.
In 1979, Tony Fisher was
elected as Club Treasurer. He remained in this role untl 2006.
During the 1980's the club ran
with reasonable success.. however, the club room was proving not
entirely satisfactory and after much searching a move was made to the
present hall was made in 1992.
Now in the next Millennium,
the challenge of new technology is providing the club members with new
challenges. The advent of Digital Technology to the Photographic Art
and increased use of the Internet (without which you, will not be
reading this...) we can hope that more people take in interest in
Photography as a hobby & art form.
We moved venue once again in
May 2001. We now meet at the Hale Institute in Upper Hale, Farnham on
Wednesdays at 7:45pm.
Ten years since our 50th
The last ten
years have seen many changes and the club has got involved
much more with the community at large. In some ways the most dramatic
change in our
activities has been the advent of digital photography. Back
in 2005 some of our members were using digital SLR cameras to produce
prints, but they were a minority, and many members were still using
cameras to produce slides and prints for competitions. The slide
competitions continued to be hotly
contested for a few years,
with 8-9 members entering slides regularly in internal competitions
but after Projected Digital Image competitions were introduced in 2009
interest waned, and the last slide competitions were held in 2010.
2007 the AFCC
Committee decided to apply for a grant to bring the club up to date
latest digital technology. Application was made to “Awards for all” and
considerable amount of paper work, which included a change to the
constitution, a substantial grant was finally made in 2009. The club is
proud owner of a digital HD projector, laptop, loud speakers, wireless
microphone, and a high tech ceiling screen. This represented a
successful conclusion to a great deal of work from
the committee, in particular Chris Stock, who led the undertaking, and
David Fisher, who was chairman at the time.
The rise of
digital photography, and the ability to take photographs
with other devices including tablets and phones, has brought with it a
growth in enthusiasm for photography amongst the general public, and
has seen a gradual rise in membership since 2003. In 2007/8 another
local club, the 43 Club
based in Ash Vale, closed, and several of its members came to Aldershot
Farnham, including then chairman of the 43 Club, and long-time friend
popular judge at AFCC, Brian Colley and his wife Ros, Rex Sellars, Tom
and Robin Stovold. These
brought a sense of humour, and an increased competitive edge to our
club. Between 2011
and 2013 we saw a further jump
in the membership, perhaps in part because of the introduction of
classes. In the
last couple of years the
introduction of the AFFCC Facebook page has introduced the club to a
and several new members have joined as a result.
last ten years have also seen the departure of several long-term,
members, including Prue Barker (now living in Lyme Regis), Terry Revell
living in Kent), and the sad loss of Tony Fisher (Treasurer for 27
2006), David Bleach (Secretary for 25 years to 2005), Brian Colley and
Stovold. They are
One of the
issues which came with the growth in membership, was the need
to retain those new members. We
became aware that our long-standing static membership of experienced
photographers, was being joined by a flood of new, much less
members, who had joined the club hoping to learn how to take better
Taylor volunteered to develop and run
Creative Workshops at a weekend in the summer, which took place from
onwards, initially at Hale Institute and latterly at Farnborough Abbey.
In 2010 a series of
classes was introduced, led by Jon Evans, now on their fifth iteration.
In October 2014 and June
2015 Mark Grey led
successful weekend workshops for beginners both within and outside the
from the success of the beginners' classes, the club
introduced a series of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), to provide
opportunities for more advanced workers. Since 2012 we have supported
groups focusing on:
- Flash photography
- Night Photography
- Painting with Light
- Close-up and Macro
- Fine Art Nude photography
- Landscape photography in
the Surrey Hills.
supplement the SIGs, the club has organised a
series of outings in the last few years, including:
Club Days Out
- Lacock Abbey & Fox
- Abbotsbury Swannery
- Isle of Wight Zoo at Sandown
Trips out closer to
- London (several trips)
- Kent (wildflower photography workshop)
- Hampton Court
- Selborne Lavender Fields
- Chilworth (landscape photography workshop)
years since 2005 have seen the club, led and
inspired by David Fisher, involve itself much more in the activities of
local community, providing photographic services and documentation of
for both the local councils and voluntary groups. This has included:
- Farnham Town Council - Event recording (10 years)
- Farnham Carnival Lions & Hedgehogs - Annual
Carnival (11 years)
- Hale Carnival (10 years)
- Fleet Town council (4 years)
- Fleet Jazz ( 3 years)
- Farnborough District Motor Club (FDMC)
- Greyfriars Vineyard collaboration
- Lions Beerex - 40th Anniversary in 2016
By request of
our members, in 2013 we held our first club exhibition,
ably marshalled by David Fisher, at the Harlington Centre in Fleet.
This has been a success
with both the members
and the centre, and 2016 will mark our fourth and largest exhibition at
venue. In 2014 our
club name was changed
to include Fleet, to recognise the number of members who lived there,
collaborative relationship with Fleet Town Council.
have continued to be a mix of competitions, workshops, and
lectures by speakers. We
have had a wide
diversity of visiting speakers, from serving
members of the Armed forces in Afghanistan, natural history experts,
to highly qualified RPS members, not forgetting some excellent
by our own members over the years. There
have been innovations in internal club competitions: from 2007-10 the
Town Council Shield was awarded to the best picture of Farnham and the
district as selected by the mayor, and in 2008 we introduced the
for the 'Pitch your Picture' competition judged by the members
themselves. In 2011
the Monthly Challenge was introduced
on the club website, to encourage members to go out and take new
pictures on a
most of this period, success and recognition outside the club was
limited - a few members had obtained accreditations independently
LRPS, LBPPA, Mark Grey LRPS, Stuart Kenney LRPS, LBIPP), but 2014-15
group working together inspired by Chris Stock and ably guided by
Colegate - three of them (Paul Baxter, Pat Gibson and Chris Stock)
LRPS accreditation in 2015, and others are still working towards it.
2015 also saw our first
success in external
competitions for several years, when we won the Small Clubs PDI and
Competitions at the SCPF Championships, with Pat Gibson, Mark Grey and
Tryner being awarded individual medals.
"The Pier" by Patricia Gibson