About Us

Ashford (Middlesex) Camera Club is a small, friendly club whose aim is the enjoyment of photography.

Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced, and includes both silver halide and digital photographers – although most of the club’s members now produce images digitally.

Next meetings

Saturday 21 October
Annual exhibition (Saturday)
Tuesday 24 October
Photographic studio session

Bill Howlett

Bill Howlett

Bill Howlett presents Sylvia Wilson with the President’s cup in March 1988, with George Potts and Maurice Curtis behind. All three served as club chairman at various times. The club founder and secretary, Geoff Gould, is on the left.

Bill Howlett passed away on 5th February 2015 after a brief illness.  The funeral was held on 2nd March at Woking crematorium.

As I remember, Bill opened a new camera shop, W H Howlett, in Ashford at 16 Church Road while I was at school in the early 1960s. In fact a school friend went to work for him and stayed for the next 35 years or so! Camera shops were a growth area in those days and Bill established shops in Staines, Windsor and Frimley. Before then amateur photographers in Ashford went to chemists for their supplies or to our local art shop which had a photographic studio and sold 35mm cameras such as the Ilford Sportsman and Kodak Retinette. Bill’s was not the only camera shop to open in Ashford but it was the only one to survive, changing hands just before the inevitable decline brought about by the digital age and internet purchasing.

Ashford Camera Club had a secretary who got on well with Bill and negotiated a 10% discount on purchases by club members. Bill became the club president, presiding over the annual general meeting and presenting the annual awards including the President’s cup, also known as the Victor Ludorum cup. As most technical and artistic aspects of photography were already covered by other trophies, Bill thought it would be a good idea that a cup should be presented annually to the person who had done the most for the club during the year – not necessarily in the field of photography.

Although our club no longer has a president, we are reminded of Bill Howlett through the continuing inclusion of the President’s cup in our list of awards and trophies.

Richard

Club awards evening 27 January 2015

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The club awards evening was moved forward this year to be closer to the year end. A successful evening was enjoyed by members and friends with catering supplied by local Italian delicatessen owner Nick Ramundi.

Annual Exhibition 25 October 2014

 

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 Ashford Camera Club held its annual exhibition on Saturday 25 October. A steady stream of visitors viewed over 130 prints and chatted to members of the club.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Please note the new date for the 2014 annual general meeting is Tuesday 18 November.

Ashford-on-the-Map event 1 June 2014

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Once again, the club erected its stand (the vice-chairman’s frame tent) at the annual Ashford-on-the-Map event. A display of members’ prints was mounted and the good weather seemed to bring a larger number of vistors than before.

Club awards evening 25 March 2014

 

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The club held its Annual Awards evening on 25 March in St Mattthews Hall. An Italian  buffet was supplied by Nick Ramundi from Italia Bella in Ashford. The evening was much by enjoyed winners, members and friends with our large number of trophies and plaques on display for the presentations by the chairman and competition secretary. The winners are listed on these pages under “Competitions and Awards –  Winners and Trophies”.

Annual competition winners

  The winning entries to our annual competition for digital projected images, held on 26 November 2013, are shown below. For other winning images see our Gallery. 

 

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“Long Walk at Dawn” by David Povey – General category

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“The Challenge” by Roy Enser – Nature category

 

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  “A Serious Face” by Tracey Calmiano – Portrait category

 

 

Saturday 26 September - Exhibition of members photographs

 

 

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2013 exhibition ii

2013 exhibition i Photographs by Jenny Hanrahan, Gill Peters and Richard Stevens 

The club held its annual exhibition on Saturday 26 October in St Matthew’s Church Hall. As well as the display of digital projected images and more than 120 prints by members, there were prints for sale and the opportunity to have a cup of tea or coffee, buy a raffle ticket and have a chat. Many visitors said the pictures were of a high standard and they enjoyed the exhibition.

 

Annual awards evening 27 March 2013

The annual awards evening took place on March 27 this year in St Matthew’s Church Hall, our regular meeting place. Some 30 members and friends enjoyed a social evening with an Italian buffet laid on by Nic Ramundi, owner of the Bella Vista Delicatessen in Ashford.  The photograph shows the deputy chairman, Brian Pluthero, presenting Sue Coleman with the President’s Trophy for services to the club.

Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl Competition

 

 

Passing strangers by Shaun Pugh

Something blue by Dan Nunn

 

 Pelican landing by Dave Weightman

 

Chiffchaff by Mike Gill

 

Austrian flower by Richard Broughton

 

Our club took part in this competition which was held in Woking on 23 February 2013. The competition is open to any club within the Surrey Photographic Association and each club submits a set of five digital images which are judged individually. The Rosebowl trophy is awarded to the club with the highest total score. There is also an award for the best image overall. Our five images are shown above – we didn’t win but it made a very enjoyable evening with some superb images projected.