Welcome to Newton Abbot Photographic Club
Join us for photography, fun, and fellowship, where we can learn from the experience of others, share our knowledge and be inspired.
We are keen to welcome new members, whether you are an experienced photographer or a complete beginner. You are welcome to attend two meetings as a guest before deciding to join.
When not in this situation with Covid-19, we meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start, from September to April, at the Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QA
In the meantime, our meetings are successfully continuing via Zoom.
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Chairman’s Update 25th August 2021
Dear NAPC members and prospective members,
I am pleased to be able to tell you that after a great deal of deliberation by the NAPC committee, it has been decided to resume our weekly meetings at the Courtenay Centre in Newton Abbot from Tuesday 7th September 2021.
Members of the committee have visited the Courtenay Centre to meet the new manager there and to understand the measures put in place in order to create a safe environment for users. These include –
- The seating capacity in the hall is now 70 meaning there will be room for seats to be well spaced.
- Seats will now be sanitised by Centre staff both before and after our use. We should however sanitise all other touchpoints, such as light switches, after use, using materials supplied.
- We will need to leave windows and doors open during room use to ensure adequate ventilation. There are large windows in the hall, behind the screen and curtains.
- Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas including the toilets and the entrance hall. It is up to us whether we wear face coverings inside the hall during activity or apply any of our own measures*.
- We need to keep and make available, if requested, a register of all attendees (we already keep such a register).
- There is no access to the kitchen although we can take our own refreshments.
*It is felt that it should be left to individual members as to whether or not they want to wear masks once in the hall or carry out Lateral Flow Tests in advance of attendance.
We have taken out a new annual Zoom subscription in case we have to revert to that medium for our meetings and also so that we can experiment with having hybrid Zoom/ face to face meetings, for those who wish to participate remotely as well as those present at the Courtenay Centre.
Our venue is ready for us, there is a full programme in place, we have a new laptop and, thanks to a contribution from Newton Abbot Town Council, a new projector, all of which sets us up for the new season with improved technical quality.
The Newton’s Place project has come to fruition, culminating in the current “Time Lapse” exhibition there of photographs recording the development of the venue, all taken by NAPC members. The gift of a generous and unexpected cheque in gratitude by the town council was the icing on the cake. Thanks to members Christina Burton, Lynn Buckley, Carol Smart, Joanna Humphrey, Heather Davies, David Knowles, William Uglow, Gordon Aspland and yours truly for their contributions to the project, which has helped raise the public profile of NAPC.
The exhibition is on until September 2nd and is well worth a visit if you haven’t already been.
Joint Arts Project:
Our Joint Arts Project ( JAP) with the artists and writers will finally have its exhibition at Newton’s Place from Monday October 4th to Friday 8th. This will be the second exhibition at the centre featuring our photographs in as many months, something to celebrate.
As we resume our indoor meeting programme we shall be restarting print competitions, which means we will need a new Print Competition Secretary. This is a committee position for which a volunteer is sought. If you are interested in this role and in participating in the running of NAPC, please contact me for further details.
Newton Abbot Photographic Club
We would love to invite new Members to the Club, so if anyone is interested, please contact us by emailing; firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to join us for a couple of weeks to see what we are about, before you need to decide whether to join.