Synopsis of 13th June’s meeting – Judging Night’

Our Chair opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests, particularly our judge Peter and his wife. We couldn’t have been honoured by a more qualified judge as Peter Cheetham Hon PAGB. Peter and his wife have both been Presidents of the PAGB, with Peter also being President of NEMPF! Peter told me that he’s been judging for 40 (yes 40) years! If you look at the snaps I’ve inserted in this web-post you’ll see that Peter must have started judging as a young man.

Before getting down to the judging, Ian announced forthcoming events, encapsulated below.

The first half of the evening was devoted to Peter judging the “General Competition” images, followed by tea/coffees, before Peter judged this years competition theme” ‘It Gives Me Joy’. I was impressed with the time that Peter spent in examining each competition image – giving shrewd and positive feedback, whilst also giving hints and advice on how a slightly weaker image could have been improved. Such feedback is invaluable, as it allows the exhibitor to see how her or his image is viewed and appraised by a more experienced eye. I’ve included a selection of images, both showing Peter casting his eagle eye on each competiton image, as well as Peter’s final sift of those who were awarded a 1st, 2nd or 3rd, as well as commendations. We now have two addition categories: The Catherine Cup, awarded this year to Stephen Elliott for the best colour competition image, and the Denis Thorpe Trophy awarded this year to Keith Brown FRSP for the best monochrome competition image.

I’ve attached a list of the competitors and results below.

Synopsis of May 9th meeting

It’s been a sad time for everyone in our Club. As nearly two weeks ago Pat Fowler, the wife of our President Ray, passed away. Joan Clough gave a moving tribute covering Pat’s time in our Club and so many other parts of Castleton life. Pat had been a member of our Club from its formation. Working behind the scenes (as well as behind the camera) in so many ways; including serving tea/coffee and biscuits for so many years during the break in our meetings. Pat was a pillar of Castelton; for example Pat was either President or Secretary of our local WI group for 40 years.

For the first part of the evening Alison gave a presentation covering her recent safari. Sarah, the wife of one of our members had lived in Kenya for 17 years, remarked that she was deeply impressed with Alison’s images, and how close that Alison had been to some of the game. Being completely quiet and not moving a muscle, rather than relying on long reach lenses. Alison has more courage and nerve than me, as I’d have been running in the opposite direction from lions, leopards, elephants, etc.

The second half of the meeting was presented by Erica, who talked us through the process of assessment days, for those who want to qualify for the RPS Licentiate Distinction.

Anglers Rest informal evening 16 April 2019


It was the first Pizza night of the year but we did manage to discuss some photography topics too.  A select crowd made up of Alison, Bob, Susan and Ian S. managed to fill the evening out talking about portrait photography and while we originally intended to do some actual photography we instead looked at a selection of Ian’s images to offer both critique and learn the different qualities we might expect from portraits.  It was agreed that we would like to put on a session for taking portraits and we will endeavour to set up an evening or weekend date to that end.

It was interesting to explore the use of lighting, whether natural light or additional light sources.  We all agreed that natural light has a really lovely quality compared with electronic sources but that additional second and even third light sources can help balance a picture where the single light often gives the Rembrandt look.  We even started projecting images onto a reflector which gave some very interesting results; perhaps a theme for a future evening?

The next informal evening is Monday 17th June.  So make sure its in your diary and we will look forward to seeing you there.

Synopsis of April 11th meeting

The evening was led by Ian Stanyon reading out the usual notices, not least of which was a reminder to members to get their competition photographs ready for hand in at the next meeting on May 9th. Here’s a diary of upcoming events:

Prizes were handed out to members who won the peoples vote for their images at the Angler’s Rest exhibition.  Congratulations to Nick Chalkley and to Ian Ord. 

Ian introduced Jill Stewardson from Stewardson’s Bespoke Picture Framing, a picture framing company based locally in Thornhill.  Jill expertly took us through the benefits of adding a frame to our images both protecting the original and also enhancing it with the correct choice of frame.  She introduced us to the different types of glass used which led to a lively debate about glass versus acrylic.  Discussion also evolved around the different backing materials available which gives us food for thought about how we as a society may wish to hang future competition prints and exhibitions.  Finally, Jill demonstrated how to correctly add a card mount to our images and the correct materials to use.  Of course, Stewardson’s are always available just along the Hope Valley to offer the service for a very reasonable price along with the expert knowledge that they bring as part of their service.


The second half of the evening was handed over to members who volunteered their own images for the purposes of discussion.  We were treated to photography by Keith Brown, Joan Clough, Paul Hatt, Wayne Hallam and Sue Hughes.  There were images from the original Stevenson Rocket, Sunsets, Cricket, from the top of Swiss mountains and also from the north east of England.  Lively debate and offers of techniques and solutions were well received.  Thanks should be given to the above for volunteering at short notice to give their presentations and also to Jason Dietsch, Bob Stone and Beryl Brown for also volunteering.  We ran out of time to see everybody’s contributions but look forward to inviting the members who missed out to present at a meeting later in the year.

Synopsis of 14th March 2019 meeting

Our 2019 Chair, Ian Stanyon opened the meeting by welcoming two visitors, along with our guest speaker Ashley Franklin. Ian talked about upcoming events – illustrated below.

Then Ian announced the public votes for our ‘exhibition’ in St Peter’s Church and the Angler’s Rest.
Church exhibitions: General category: 1st ‘A Ray of light’ by Wayne Hallam 2nd ‘Raining fire’ by Stephen Elliott 3rd ‘Sunrise over Bamford edge’ by Alan Hinchcliffe

Song title: 1st ‘Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone’ by Alan Hinchcliffe 2nd Private Dancer’ by Ian Stanyon 3rd ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’ by Richard Clemens; = ‘Don’t burn the bridge’ by Ian Ord; = ‘Ba Ba Ba Barbara Ann by Ann Smith; = ‘Me and my Shadow’ by Nick Chalkley

Angler’s Rest exhibition General category‘Outside, Inside’ by Ian Ord Song title‘Me and my Shadow’ by Nick Chalkley

Our speaker, Ashley Franklin made a presentation in two parts. The first covering the period from Ashley becoming interested in photography (all film in those days), followed by the work that he now does as a professional photographer. The selection of images shown below illustrates the scope of Ashley’s work:

After his presentation our Chair, Ian, gave a vote of thanks, exclaiming that Ashley’s presentation had been a ‘tour de force’. I’ve raised a mosaic panel illustrating a selection of images Ashley presented.

Ashley’s presentation took us back 35 years, when he was a young but inexperienced amateur – learning from books and images and publications by world-wide distinguished photographers; members of his camera club; experimenting with different films, lenses, filters and film effects – to his time as a professional photographer illustrating and writing for journals such as Derbyshire Life; a book cover illustrator; wedding photographer; illustrator for calendars; advertising assignments, etc. Ashley has a gift with words as well as a gift for high-level creative photography. I’m sure that I can speak for all who attended, that members & guests enjoyed every minute of Ashley’s presentation. I for one look forward to receiving another presentation by Ashley, perhaps covering images he’s taken of his beloved Tuscany.

CHVPS Informal evening Bamford, Angler’s Rest 18 February 2019.‘What did you get for Christmas?’


Well actually not many people brought along their Christmas presents.  However, we had a great turn out with 12 members and a couple of partners joining in.  The evening was held in the Café end and it looked really good with the walls being adorned with members’ photos from our last competition Song titles and General images on show.

We were treated to some fantastic photography by Stephen Elliott from a recent visit he had to North Wales.  He has this uncanny ability to make what appears to be a depressing slate mine in Welsh rain into really interesting photographs that we all enjoyed seeing.  We also had viewings of images from Nick Chalkley, David Allwood and Ian Stanyon covering quite a mix of photographic genres.

The next informal evening is in April and is on Tuesday16th, so coinciding with Pizza night.  A theme has not been agreed yet, if anybody has any particular ideas they would like to suggest, please let Ian Stanyon know.  We look forward to seeing you at the Angler’s Rest, Bamford in April.

Synopsis of 14th February meeting

Ian Stanyon our 2019 Chair opened the second meeting of the year by making various announcements – the most important being covered in the screen presentation Ian shows via a projector each month. See below:

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As you can see from Ian’s screenshot, Club President Ray Fowler gave a presentation on “Ulster. From the troubles to the Titanic”, followed by my presentation entitled “Around the world in 80 weeks”. I’ve made a mosaic of images illustrating some parts of these presentations. I apologise for the fact that Ray’s and my images are in reverse order – but I’m still trying to get the hang of the new website system and the creation of a ‘mosaic image’ gallery


Synopsis of 10th Jan 2019 meeting

An evening of three parts. The first being the AGM, with members agreeing that annual subscriptions should rise from £24 to £25 p.a., with visitors fees being reduced to £3 per meeting.

The second was the presentation of competition cups and certificates. I’ve made a mosaic of these images – see below. If you want to see the names of those who won the Dennis Thorpe Trophy, the Catherine Cup and certificates, scroll down to my notes covering the June 2017 meeting.

The third part of the evening was our annual presentation by our incoming Chair (this year Ian Stanyon), with Ian showing us a selection of his images.

Synopsis of 11thOctober meeting

Our Chairman Nick opened the meeting by announcing that Keith & Kate are going to hold another AV Night on Saturday November 10th  – including the much loved ‘Grease Gaskets & Gears’ (an RPS Gold Medal winning AV). Contact Ray Fowler for further details and to reserve tickets.

Nick also announced that we’ll be holding our annual Christmas party at restaurant ‘1530’ in Castleton on Thursday 13th December. Erica will circulate details in the near future.  Finally, Steve Elliott’s produced his 2019 calendar, featuring 12 stunning shots. Contact Steve direct. Steve’s unable to attend our next meeting, but if you order a calendar in advance you could pick the calendar up at our Christmas party.

Then Nick announced that this evening we were privileged to be able to listen to Rebecca Nex (from Sheffield Photographic Society) give a presentation (to a packed house – we ran out of seats). Over the years our members have enjoyed viewing the images of many supremely talented photographers. However, in my opinion, Rebecca gave the one of most artistically inspiring presentations in all my 9 years of being a member of C&HVPS.

During Rebecca’s presentation you could have heard a pin drop. Indeed if members didn’t hear a pin drop they may well have heard the sound of my jaw dropping, in response to viewing Rebecca’s amazingly creative images. Rebecca has only being taking photographs for 12 years. But during this time she’s developed a style that’s now very much associated with her and her images (best viewed as prints rather than DPI’s?). Numerous awards and international medals echo the ‘eye for an image’ that Rebecca has acquired over such a relatively short period of time.

Forget about saturated colours, pin-sharp images, post-production techniques, or the most expensive cameras & lenses to capture these awe-inspiring images. Think about a different form of artistic creativity. Think about pastel colours, subtlety, mood, textures (particularly shown in the types of printing paper Rebecca uses). As the meeting closed I heard many members talk about the inspiration Rebecca has given – inspiring us to look through our lenses in a new light. To see more of Rebecca’s work browse: https://www.rebeccanex.com

Synopsis of 13th September meeting

Chairman Nick opened the meeting by announcing that our annual Christmas party will be held on 13th December at ‘1530’ (that’s the name of the Restaurant, not the time!) – an excellent restaurant in Castleton. Details, menus, etc will be provided in the fullness of time. So now’s the time to pencil the evening of 13.12.18 into your diary. Nick also announced that Dennis Thorpe (we named our annual monochrome competition trophy in honour of Dennis) will be held on Saturday 15th September, at the War Museum and Gallery, Stockport. The exhibition entitled ‘A view from the North’ will be open until mid October. But Dennis will be present this coming Saturday to sign his new book. NEMPH are holding their 2018 Memorial Lecture at 1930 12th October in the Chatsworth Arts Centre. Nottingham NG10  1EF.

Then Nick introduced the first of our two ‘home grown’ presenters. The first presentation was by Susan Hughes, entitled:  “The Power of the Image”. Sue spoke emotionally about her link to the past, through a photograph taken decades ago in Blackpool. This photograph led Sue to visit various parts of America to link up with her relatives. A powerful and moving presentation that really did demonstrate the Power of images.

For the second half of the evening Les Nixon took us on a voyage around the world. Using images he’d taken to demonstrate the ‘contrast’ between the same type or style of image gave photographically satisfying, but remarkably different results. Les presented images he’d taken between the mid 1950’s and now. As usual Les wowed us with his images and his detailed explanations behind each image. Les is a gifted photographer, who puts much thought into each image before he presses the shutter. Les is a natural raconteur, with this presentation rounding off the evening – an evening that was enjoyed by all who attended.