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Capture life through a lens with Hornchurch club

PUBLISHED: 12:07 03 July 2016

Left to right: Roy Menet, Vivien Peters, Dave Quinlan, Alan Peters, Ron Smart, Howard Moss, Kevin Troughton, Steve Lewington, Patrick Clampett. Photographer Richard Hallam

Left to right: Roy Menet, Vivien Peters, Dave Quinlan, Alan Peters, Ron Smart, Howard Moss, Kevin Troughton, Steve Lewington, Patrick Clampett. Photographer Richard Hallam

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Founded in 1936, Hornchurch Photographic Society is a friendly group which is looking for new members as it celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Although the technology has improved dramatically since the club first started, the enthusiasm for the art has remained constant.

“We have about 25 to 30 members but we are looking for some new blood,” said Steve Lewington, publicity secretary for the club, which meets at Ardleigh House Community Association, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch.

“People of all ages and abilities are welcome to join, they shouldn’t think they need to be professional.

“We are a very social and friendly group and will give everyone a hand to improve their photography.”

The club, which meets every Monday at 7.45pm, excluding bank holidays, enjoys a range of trips, practical evenings, competitions for digital and print photography and talks.

Steve said: “There are a range of activities to get involved with.

“If we go out on a trip, like we recently did to Hornchurch Country Park, then we’ll hold a competition a few weeks later to see what we captured.

“Personally, I got into photography about five years ago after my daughter was born and then I started photographing wildlife in my garden.”

The club has kept up to date with digital technology and Steve said members can take advantage of the digital projector, computer and all necessary software.

He said: “Come along and try for a couple of evenings, the tea’s on us and there’s no pressure!”


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