About Us

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

Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced, and although most of the club’s members produce digital images a few still expose and show results using silver halide film.

Next meetings

Tuesday 26 February
1st competition for prints plus PDI set-subject "Night"
Tuesday 5 March
Studio lighting by Eddie Hyde LRPS

Ashford-on-the-Map Sunday 5 June 2016

 

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After a period of cold weather, the hot sunshine on Sunday 5 June brought the crowds out and once again Ashford-on-the-Map entertained several thousand visitors. Visitors to our stand were able to see  work by club members and chat about the club’s activities.

SPA award for club member

 

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Black-faced langur mother and baby

Congratulations to ACC member David Weightman who entered the SPA Biennial Competition and Exhibition 2016 and achieved a Judges Award in the Nature Category PDI.  David’s image of a black-faced langur mother and baby, shown here, was exhibited at the SPA exhibition at the Guildford House Gallery during March and the medal was presented to David at the SPA dinner and awards evening in Reigate on 1 April. The competition is open to around 60 photographic clubs in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.

Awards evening 26 January 2016

Awards evening 2016

The club held its annual awards evening on 26 January 2016. The picture shows retiring chairman Tom Cosens presenting Dianne Lewis with awards for her outstanding progress in the intermediate class. The full list of winners is available on our pages “Competitions and awards – Winners and trophies”.  As usual, Nic Ramundi provided the excellent Italian food.

Christmas tree festival

 

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Ashford Camera Club contributed a themed tree to the annual Christmas Tree Festival held in St Matthew’s Church during Advent. Other trees were from local organisations and groups.

Club exhibition 24 October 2015

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Once again the club held its annual exhibition in St Matthews Church Hall. Despite the dismal weather a good number of people including Mark Francis, the new Mayor for Spelthorne, visited to view prints produced and displayed by members.

Ashford on the Map 7 June 2015

 

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Ashford on the Map 2015

The club displayed work by members at the  annual Ashford-on-the-Map event,  held this year on Sunday 7 June.  The weather was favourable and record numbers attended.

BA club members visit Ashford

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Members of British Airways Camera Club travelled south of the airport from Cranford to visit Ashford on 19 May for a friendly competition.  The  evening was well attended and a total of 60 projected digital images were viewed by the audience and judge, David Lloyd LRPS.  Ashford won by a small margin and both clubs agreed to meet again next year for a return competition.

Bill Howlett

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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.