Club News


The  Club held an in house print competition at our latest meeting on Thursday 5th October.

The subjects for the competition of print images were:- 'Monochrome', 'Close up' and an 'Open' class. Approximately 20 members entered images in each of the classes and as a result there were at least 60 prints to compare. Over twenty members were present on the evening and a most enjoyable night was had by all.

The images proved very popular by all present and the results were spread quite widely amongst the members, with no one person running out as an overall winner, the results are as follows:-


1st - 'Jim' by Malcolm Brocklehurst

2nd - 'Pulpit Rock' by John Emery.

3rd - 'Sawyers Glacier' by Jeff Hutson

Highly Commended - 'Bottles' by  Adam Hawkes.

Close Up

1st - 'Droplets' by Adam Hawkes.

2nd - 'Eyes' by  Deborah Hammond.

3rd - 'Dandelion seed head' by Alistair Purcell.

Highly Commended - 'Lily' by John Emery.

Open class

1st - 'Dawn on the levels' by Deborah Hammond ( shown above ).

2nd - 'Slip down to the  beach' by John Emery.

3rd - 'Meet Clara' by Angela Head.

Highly Commended - 'Hedd Waterfalls' by  Alistair Purcell.



Our Camera Club members make good at the annual Chard Horticultural show, Guildhall on Saturday 22nd July 2017

Image by  Member Wesley Moon using his I Phone.

It was a first for the club when 6 members entered the Photagraphy competition of the show and entered images in the eight categories on offer.

At the end of the show two of our members ran out winner and runner up with only one point in it. Club secretary Debbie Hammond was runner up and the club's Press officer Dick Moon the winner. The scoring was very close between the two with Dick having won 3 of the categories and a second in the fourth, whereas Debbie won 2 categories and 2 seconds.

Other members of the club were well represented with second and thirds, overall it was a good show by all those having taken part both by the cub and others within the Chard community, well done all and well done to the members of the Horticultural Society who staged an excellent show.

Saturday 01 April 2017 :

The club held their end of year presentations to their members, on Saturday 1st April in the Baptist Church hall.

Over thirty people attended the meeting to watch the judge for the evening run through the images which were up for consideration from the past year of competition. Up for offer were Best Printed Image, Best Digitally Projected Image, Best Monochrome Image and subsequently Best Print Photographer of the Year, Best Digital Projected Photographer of the Year and Overall Photographer of the Year, along with many local very much in-house competition winners.

The evening was very well attended  and members enjoyed a super selection of hot and cold food, which was supplied by our members, as an American Supper.

To round off the evening the club welcomed their incoming President for the future year Mr Alistair Purcell, who took up the reins from our outgoing President Mrs Joyce Partridge.

All in all a very good social evening was had by all and our chairman Mr Drew Anderson rounded off the evening by thanking all members involved in the recent winning of the Horseshoe Trophy, having been won by Chard for only the third time in 24 years.  He went on to wish all present all the very best for the year ahead and was looking forward to seeing all the images as yet to  be taken, as the club proceeds through the year to come. He also stated that it would be good to see an increase in numbers joining the club and in particular those of a younger age.

Our club meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Thursday of each month in the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street and should anyone wish to join them they should turn up on one of the nights, where they will be made most welcome and be buddied for the evening - prospective members are also able to attend for two visits before being asked if they would like to join. The club is looking for anyone, no matter what experience they have, to come and join them. We have established members who use Ipads /Iphones  etc as well as their SLR digital cameras, so you can see we are pretty well posed to be able to offer help to anyone interested in joining us.

Further details can be found on our website or by ringing our membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 or just turn up on  a club night.  Image shows Deborah Hammond receiving her 'Photographer of the Year' award, from outgoing President Mrs Joyce Partridge.


Members portfolio panel 'Shells'  by winner Malcolm Brocklehurst.

Thursday 16th February saw the club hold our inhouse open DPI competition and members portfolio competition, the judge for the events was Mr Peter Hyett who gave good constructive and informative comments on the images. There were 18 members present and a good evening was had by all. The results for the open setion were:-

1st Debbie Hammond 'Sunset at Trebarwith Strand'
2nd Drew Anderson 'New dawn over Chard Vale'
3rd Richard Lees 'Broadchurch'...
Highly commended
Debbie Hammond 'Moored for the evening'

The members portfpolio a pannel of 3 images on a subject of choice:-

1st Malcolm Brocklehurst 'Shells'
2nd Alan Williams 'Aspects of Barrington'
3rd Debbie Hammond 'Watchet, Blue Anchor and Charmouth
Highly commended
Dick Moon 'Falconry furniture'

Chard's panel of images entered in the 'Kingswood Salver 2016'  'Floral aspects'

The club has just had a busy week of competitions starting on Thursday 17th

November when we held their in house 'Close up and Open' subjects in the Baptist

Church Hall. There was a good turn out on the night bearing in mind the weather was wet

and cold. The judge for the evening was Laura Pearce LRPS and the winner of the open

section was  member Jeff  Hutson with his well seen and taken shot of Tarr Steps entitled

Tarr Trek.


This was followed up on Saturday where three members went to Clyst St Mary Village Hall

to witness how the club did in the annual Kingswood Salver competition. This competition

is run by the Western Counties Photographic Federation where all clubs affiliated to the

federation are invited to submit  a panel of five images from five members in their club

on a subject chosen by their individual club. This was a well contested competition and we

held our own very well against the clubs from around the the south west.


The club will be in action again on Friday 25th November at 7.30pm when we visit Lyme

camera club at Uplyme village hall for our inter club competition.

The following Thursday we will be back at our headquarters in the Baptist Church Hall

where we will be selecting images to go forward to the WCPF DPIC competition,

our in house Walking Hunt results will also be announced.


Any further information can be obtained from the club's website

or by contacting temporary members secretary Mr Malcolm Brocklehurst 01460 62869.or

by dropping in on a club night on the first or third Thursdays of the month.

Winning image in the Patterns in nature
by Jeff Hutson. ' Flowers on a Barrington tree'


The Club held our in house competition recently covering  the subjects of

Patterns in Nature, Action and an Open section. The evening was well attended with

twenty members enjoying an evening of sharing some beautiful images as they fought

with each other to out score one another. The images were judged on this occasion by

Mr Mac Bouchere FRPS who gave all members some very good and constructive advice

on their images. Overall the competition was closely fought over with three different

members running out winners, the results are as follows


1st  'Getting wet'                                     Malcolm Brocklehurst.

2nd 'Deverills Beacon'                            Jeff Hutson.

3rd 'Maiori-Amara Coast Italy'               John Emery.

Highly commended Norfolk Windmill'  Joyce Partridge.


1st 'I am the God of hellfire'                      Deborah Hammond.

2nd 'Break break break'                              John Emry.

3rd ';Surfing Porthcurno'                             Jeff Hutson.

Highly commended 'High flyers'                 Marjorie Marrett.

Highly commended 'Gotcha'                        Dick Moon.

Patterns in nature.

1st 'Flowers on Barrington tree'                   Jeff Hutson.

2nd 'Jewelled web'                                        Angela Head.

3d 'Nature camouflage'                                  Dick Moon.

Highly commended 'Patterns in nature'         Heather Iles.


FIRE !!!

Thursday 22 September saw 16 members of Chard Camera Club visit Lyme Regis, for an evening of fire and lightpainting, led by Drew Anderson, with help from guest spinner Si Emmett.  Some excellent images were captured, with all who attended saying they had a great night and were keen to do it all again.  Thanks to all who attended and a special thank you to Si Emmett for his patience with the spinning and supportive comments to all.  If YOU would like to join the club and have the chance to shoot images like these, contact us via our webpage on   We look forward to welcoming you.

Images courtesy of Drew Anderson


Chard Camera Club in-house competition.
Thursday 19th May saw the club meet in the Baptist Church hall
for our in-house  print competition covering three subjects of Monochrome,
Portrait and an Open section.
Twenty five members attended on the evening to see the judge for the evening
Marija Lees LRPS cast her eyes over the 48 images and listen to her give some
very informative and constructive advice to all present.
The winners on the night were:-
Portrait            1st  'Mr Jenkins'                   by    Peter O Shea Snr
                        2nd 'In the pink                    by    New member Deborah Hammond
                        3rd 'Away with the fairies    by    John Terry
Monochrome  1st  'Bath Abbey'                    by    Peter O Shea Snr
                        2nd 'Spider fingers'                by    Norah O Shea 
                        3rd  'Separate lives'                by     Jeffrey Hutson
 Highly commended:-
                          'Cycled out'                           by   John Bailey
Open                 1st  'Room with a view'        by    Malcolm Brocklehurst
                          2nd 'Gardeners retreat'         by    Alan William
                          3rd 'Barber Italiano'             by    Peter O Shea snr
Highly commended:-
                            '1910 Helter skelter'            by   Norah O Shea
                            'Seatown beach'                   by   Jeffrey Hutson
                             'Ball face'                             by    Joyce Partridge  


On 21 April Chard Camera Club was pleased to welcome Lyme Regis photographer Si Emmett, to give a talk on his work, inspiration and techniques.  Simon spoke for the best part of two hours, discussing his wedding, landscape, celebrity, model and food photography, giving an insight into his motivation and passion for a hobby in which he is entirely self-taught.  He showcased 50 of his digital images, which just seemed to get better and better as the night went on, leaving his audience completely inspired by the end, and as one member ( amongst many compliments ) commented : "THAT was the best money this club has ever spent on a guest speaker". You can see a selection of Si's images at :



Images show latest end of season  images from Chard Camera Club members now on show in the Chard library.

Images by Dick Moon CCC

Chard Camera Club exists to foster enjoyment, appreciation and learning the art and techniques of photography. We are affiliated to the Western Counties Photographic Federation, we welcome members of all abilities. We offer a mixture of tuition and competition. Our work is regularly exhibited in the Chard Library, Chard Guildhall and images are permanent loan to the Chard Tawstock Health Centre.

The club holds meetings for ten months of the year in the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street from April to March with a break in July and August. During the club's calendar we hold competition evenings which consist of special subjects and open prints and Digital Projected Images (DPI's). Each member is free to enter one subject print, one open print and for DPi's, one subject DPI and one open DPI. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays in the month, during which times we have competitions, presentations, talks and instructional evenings. We also have inter club competitions and annual outings such as our Mystery, Walking and Roving Trips. The club is involved in a variety of WCPF (Western Counties Photographic Federation) competitions. Other seasonal events also occur.

Anyone wishing to show interest in  joining the club can do so by turning up on one of the evenings where they will be made most welcome and will be invited to attend a further evening before being asked to join the other members fully. Contact with the club can be made via our website or by ringing the members secretary Mr Peter Partridge on 01460 66885.

Member's Exhibition
Alan Williams, a Chard local photographer and member of the Chard Camera Club, is exhibiting photographic images at the Divas Cafe at the Black Swan, Frome from Thursday 18th February until Thursday 31st March. 
Alan is a photographer originally from Wiltshire and now of Chard and is a keen active member of the thriving Chard Camera Club.
Alan's photography captures the unique aspect of special locations in the South West, some of which are easily recognised and some more personal in nature.
New Year
Our club's first meeting of the new year saw members spending an evening
at the Baptist Church Hall where we spent the night trying to perfect our use
of Macro lenses in a session of 'Macro photography. The evening
was well attended and many tips and hints on the subject was given by those
members more knowledgeable on the subject.
The next meeting of the club will be on Thursday  21st January and will be an
interclub competition against Wellington Camera Club at their club venue.
We are always on the look out for new members and people
wishing to show interest in the club can always attend our meetings on the
first and third Thursdays of the month a 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall.
They are made most welcome and can visit on two occasions before they
are invited to join as members. All necessary details can be found on our
website of by personally giving the Members
Secretary Mr Peter Partridge a call on 01460 66885

Image: Peter O'Shea Jnr


Chard Camera Club member's image to appear on OS Landranger Maps.

Chard member Jeffrey Hutson entered the photo competition run by Ordinance Survey Maps in order to find
images that could be used in their various maps in their OS Landranger range. These maps are used as
passports to town and country and the Landranger ones cover a wider area and allow people to travel further.
Visual focus for these images is on the landscape, it's character, beauty and drama with each image used
having a clear focal point ie tree, river, loch or beach.
Jeffrey was contacted by OS to be informed that his image had been selected to appear on their newly
branded OS Landranger maps and could be seen on the winners page of the OS Photofit website and will
feature on LRM 193 Taunton & Lyme Regis map.
The new covers are already going into production and the new designs should be rolled out to retailers and
be available on the OS website from mid February 2016
The Club held an evening visit to the Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth, on Thursday 25th June.  Eleven Members met at the bandstand for an evening of photography and were delighted to find that The Ottery Silver Band were also in attendance and a most enjoyable evening was had by photographers and band enthusiasts alike.  A spokesman for the Camera Club said " It was most pleasant for the Members to go about 'composing' images around the gardens whilst listening to the popular and recognisable tunes in the background".  Members spent a most enjoyable two hours in the grounds, collecting many images.
During the week the Club received good news, as one of their Members, Peter O'Shea Snr, had an image 'The Old Hen House' , selected to represent the Western Counties Photograpic Federation ( WCPF ) in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain ( PAGB ) Inter-Federation Print Competition, a first for the Club in quite some time and an excellent achievement.
It is always exciting to hear from prospective Members and if anyone, young, old, novice or accomplished, wishes to join us, first contact can be made through our Membership Secretary Peter Partridge on 01460.66885, or through our website where you will be able to see our Programme and News pages.  We look forward to welcomin you !
The  Club held an evening visit to the Connaught gardens in Sidmouth on Thursday 25th June.
The Club's three-month exhibition in the Guildhall is underway.  The club is currently displaying 22 varied images produced by 19 of it's members around the public areas of Chard Guildhall.  The images have been produced to competition standard and are displayed mounted in black frames in the auditorium, council office floor and town hall areas within the uildhall.  The images will be on display for three months and will be changed on a regular basis.
Club members have ahd a busy few weeks having spent time on the beach at Beer while being given pointers to improve their ability in composing an image within the camera before taking the photograph.
There was a good turnout for the event which was supported by 20 plus members. After guidance from Peter O'Shea Snr. the group went their own way, many staying on the beach to put into practice what they had learnt.
Thursday club night saw members trying portrait photography. The tuition was lead by Charlotte Nadin and members were encouraged to use the supplied studio lights.
On Sunday members visited Smeathorpe Raceway in Honiton to capture images of the meetings activities with a view to entering a set of five images in the yearly Western Counties Photography Federation Kingswood Salver Competition.​
Guildhall Display
The club is now displaying 22 varied images produced by 19 of their members
around the public areas of the Chard Guildhall. The images have been produced to competition
standard and are displayed mounted and in black frames in the auditorium, council office floor
and Town hall areas within the Guildhall.
The images will be on display for three months and  the images will be changed on a regular
basis with new images replacing those already on display. The club has been sharing the space
with the art work of students of Holyrood Academy on a rotational basis.
Our club exists to foster enjoyment, appreciation and learning the art of photography. It is
affiliated to the Western Counties Photography Federation ( WCPF) and welcomes members
of all abilities. They offer a mixture of tuition and competition and their members work is
regularly displayed in the Chard Library and Guildhall.
New members are always made most welcome and the club is always on the look out for
fresh new talent whether it be a user of mobile phone camera, Ipod, compact camera, print
camera or digital camera.
Anyone wishing to improve on their  photographic ability should call in at a meeting of the club
in their headquarters at the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street on the first and third
Thursday of the month at 7.30pm or ring membership secretary Mr Peter Partridge 01460 66885.
Tawstock Medical Centre celebrating 20 years!

20 years ago Dr Andy Down and Dr Kate Staveley set up Tawstock Medical Centre in
Chard High Street 
in an old carpet showroom with just 1,400 patients. January last year
the medical centre moved to their 
new purpose built premises in St Mary's Crescent
and now have 5,000 patients.
A spokesman from the medical centre said, 'We are delighted to welcome Chard
Camera Club to display 
their beautiful and varied photographs in our premises, enhancing
the environment and giving patients a 
chance to see what a huge range of photographic
talent there is locally. They have now been in place for a month with positive feedback
coming from patients, staff
and visitors alike, we see this as a long lasting 
that we can both benefit from for years to come
Drew Anderson chairman of Chard Camera Club was only too pleased to get a call
from Tawstock asking 
if the club and it's members would be willing to have their images
adorning the walls of the centre. To date the club has provided 38 images and are looking
forward to supplying even more images in the
In appreciation of the photographs supplied, the Centre presented Drew with a cheque
to assist the camera 
club purchase further frames for the camera club's use.

Important information regarding submitting DPIs for club competitions

Send in all your entries to and use the
following naming sequence:

Each Digital Image should be titled with Members Number_Competition Name_Image Title.

For example: 037_September Open_Beach Scene.jpg

or 014_January SS_Happy Smiles.jpg  Please note the underscores.


Images for inclusion on the website should be sent to: