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Nantwich Camera Club – 40 years old in 2021

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The club held its first meeting in The Gables, Beam Street on the 3rd February 1981. There hasn’t been a 40th anniversary celebration – the Covid pandemic has meant that all of our weekly meetings have had to be online – for more than a year and most club members have only seen each other on computer screens. 

40th anniversary memorabilia at Photographic Exhibition 2021 in Nantwich Museum (photo: Nantwich Camera Club)

Even though the Zoom meetings have gone really well we are looking forward to hopefully resuming normal meetings in a club room and organising what, in effect, will be a joint anniversary/reunion celebration. 

In 1981 our President, John Dodd, and the late John Russell, placed an advertisement in the Nantwich Chronicle inviting interested parties to a meeting in the Nantwich Library, with a view to starting a photography club in the town. In excess of seventy people attended and, within a short period of the meetings starting, the club had over 30 members. More than a few of them still attend our Tuesday evening meetings and they have examples of their current work in this exhibition. 

Our first photographic exhibition was held in the Nantwich Library in 1983, however in subsequent years, we had to rely on being able to use empty shops in the town. In 2002 we were able to hold our 21st. Anniversary Exhibition in the wonderful facility of the Millennium Room at Nantwich Museum and we are delighted to have our 40th Anniversary Exhibition here – our eleventh exhibition at the museum. 

The club’s constitution states that we exist to promote the hobby of photography among our members and any other interested parties; to provide the opportunity to develop expertise and social contact in pursuit of this. We do take photography seriously, but we do not lose sight of the fact that it is our hobby and that we enjoy it. You are very welcome to join us as a prospective member, or visiting guest, when our new season commences in September. 

Photographic Exhibition 2021 at Nantwich Museum – poster (photo: Nantwich Camera Club)

The annual Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition (free admission), featuring a selection of members’ recent images, runs Thursday to Saturday (10.30am-4.30pm), until 17th July 2021 at Nantwich Museum (Pillory Street, Nantwich CW5 5BQ).

Photographic Exhibition 2021 at Nantwich Museum (photo: Nantwich Camera Club)

A representative from Nantwich Camera Club said: “We had prepared our exhibition prints when the Covid restrictions meant that the museum had to close to the public. Therefore, we are very pleased that the museum has been able to host our exhibition now it has reopened.”

For further information relating to Nantwich Camera Club, please visit their website and Facebook page.