I am sorry to tell you that Mike Withers died peacefully in hospital on Thursday 14 April, with his family around him, and our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Marguerite and their children.
Mike was a long- standing member of the club, and was our Chairman in 2012 – 13. He did a great deal of work for the club, including editing our accounts over many years, and was always ready to join in on social occasions. When we moved to Headley Village Hall he, as a Trustee of the hall, went out of his way to smooth our progress.
Mike was a professional electrical engineer and enjoyed a celebrated career which included becoming, in his later years, a Professor at Loughborough University.
I am sorry to tell you that a long standing and stalwart member of the club, David Barrett, died on Thursday 31 March. When I first joined Ludshott Photographic Club, David, a founder member of the club, was the Competition Secretary, internal and external. He ran it all from paper lists – no computers were in evidence then. The competitions were either prints or slides, and David taught me how to label the slides – upside down – and to mask them where necessary; there was no easy cropping in those days.
David had a wonderful sense of humour, and always joined in enthusiastically at serious meetings and fun socials alike. He helped with everything, and did very well in club and SPA competitions. He loved architectural photographs and portraits and ran the first portrait workshop for club members.
Gordon Rae knew David well. He says
I worked with David at ICI in Fernhurst, and we cheerfully competed against each other in the annual friendly photo competitions there in the late 70s and 80s. Then I drifted away from photography for many years until David cajoled me into joining Ludshott in 2007 with something new called a “digital camera”.
I cannot thank him enough for all the fun, friendship and help I have enjoyed ever since in LPC, even though when I showed one of the best flower photographs I have ever taken his remark was “Not that bloody poppy again!”
A message from Brian Thomas: “Very sad, he was a good friend to me too when I joined the club, and was always supportive and made helpful critiques of some of my efforts, but in his inimitable style he would also gently reproach your efforts if you then didn’t pay attention to his words. A fine photographer and such a valued club member. My thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Caroline Lemka: “I’m very sorry to hear that. I knew David well having worked with him at ICI in Farnham for the best part of 15 years. He was always the unofficial photographer at any department event. In fact I introduced him to computing!”
David at an SPA Awards dinner in 2007 with Tony Riley and Kathleen Bird
David on drinks duty at the club’s 10th anniversary social in 2005 with Les Howard and Jim Henson.
(Click on the thumbnails above for a larger picture)
David Huntingford died peacefully at home with his family on 1 December after a few weeks in hospital.
He was a very active early member of the club, and held the position of Club Secretary for many years before becoming Vice Chairman. He took over as Chairman for 2 years when Phil Peddy retired in 2008.
David did a great deal for the club especially with regard to our sound system, which he designed and managed for many years. He was always willing to share his camera knowledge and to help new members. In 2007 he was instrumental in obtaining a lottery grant for the club to buy our first computer and projector. Up until then we had been producing colour slides for some competitions.
Playing Croquet with Phil Peddy at the Club BBQ in 2015
Ludshott Photographic Club held an exhibition at the Holme Junior School in Headley on 25 September.
A general view was that this exhibition, held in the Hall of Holme School Headley, was one of the best ever attended. A team of members led by Diana Grant planned, advertised and executed the exhibition.
We showed over 100 prints, 15 of which were taken by five young ladies from the school who were tutored by 5 members of the club. Their standard was so high that their prints seamlessly fitted among those of members.
The exhibition was sponsored by Allglass frameworks and Alert locksmiths of Bordon, which, together with a very well supported raffle of gifts by local businesses, plus a sale of prints, raised just under £400 for school funds.
The link to the school was via John Gamble, a club member and a Governor at the school.
Ludshott did it! We won this SPA Interclub competition on 9 March 2021!
Congratulations to our selection team and the five photographers who presented the winning panel at this annual competition.
The five photographs and their authors were:
Now and Then in Russia by Gordon Rae LRPS CPAGB
Mummy’s Angel by John Dumble
Phoenix Rising by Jonathan Plummer
Pretty Flamingo by John Gamble LRPS
Ownership by John Wichall ARPS DPAGB
It fills me with great sadness to have to tell you that our friend and President, Phil Peddy ARPS APAGB, was taken into the Royal Surrey hospital two weeks ago after a fall, and died peacefully there on 27 December 2020. Jose and their son were able to visit him for the last few days when he was moved to a private room. He would have been 95 in January.
Phil lived for many years in Molesey, where he was a teacher and a member of Molesley Photographic Club. When Phil retired from teaching he and Jose moved to Headley Down, and as there was no camera club nearby, Phil set about organising one with a small group of friends. Thus was born Ludshott Photographic Club, with Phil as Chairman, a position he held for 13 years. In 2008 he resigned the Chairmanship and was made Life President of the Club.
Phil was an excellent photographer, always willing to help new members. He ran workshops and would offer individual training whenever he could. Over the years Phil was involved with running the Surrey Photographic Association and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. He was a well-respected SPA judge, helping to train new aspirants to judging as well as judging competitions and exhibitions in Surrey and beyond.
I learned a great deal about photography from Phil. He started the Venture Group idea to enable small groups within the club to help each other, and he joined the Audio Visual group with enthusiasm from its beginning.
Phil was an irreplaceable inspiration when it came to appreciating images and running the club.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Club Secretary John Wichall died peacefully on Thursday 30 July 2020 after a long battle with Myeloma. My deep condolences go to Lin and her family.
John joined the club as a “beginner” in 2011, and quickly became one of our top photographers. He became our Secretary not long after he joined, and remained in that position until the end. He was always willing to help members in the club, offering the excellent advice to would-be competition entrants, “Never give the judge anything to criticise.”
His great interest was wildlife, especially birds, and this was what he mainly photographed, entering many winners into Club and SPA competitions. He always joined in enthusiastically with our social events and outings and was a great asset to the club.
In 2017 John wrote an account of his photographic career for the PAGB News, which is reproduced here –
“My fascination with nature and love of nature photography have their origins in the inspiring wildlife programmes of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It didn’t matter whether it was Armand and Michaela Dennis on the plains of East Africa, Peter Scott telling us to “Look” or Jacques Cousteau who was “Diving to Adventure”, I dreamed of doing what they did and, I guess, the wish to capture the experience with a camera must have been buried somewhere in my subconscious. Fast forward to the early 70’s and I at last got my hands on an SLR, my wife’s Practika, which I quickly discovered was fine for recording friends and family, but with only a 135mm lens was not a lot of use for capturing wildlife.
Though I up-graded my kit in the following years, wildlife photography continued to take a back seat to family, travel and landscapes, and that remained the situation until 2011 when I retired and decided to join my first camera club. Ludshott Photographic Club opened my eye to what was achievable. Although Ludshott is a small village club, it has always competed in events organised by the Surrey Photographic Association and enters the GB Cup annually. Whilst we cannot compete with the larger clubs, entering federation and national competitions gives our members the opportunity to compete against and see some of the best images produced by UK club photographers. I’ve found involvement with these competitions inspiring.
Ludshott has traditionally been strong in producing nature images, which encouraged me to develop my interest, but joining the club has also showed me that there were other genres that I could and should develop to get the most from my hobby. The club encourages members to aspire to PAGB or RPS distinction. I initially followed the RPS route, gaining ARPS with a Nature panel in 2015, which was based on the birds in my home county of Hampshire, and this provided a foundation for a successful submission for DPAGB in 2016.”
Paul Crook’s wildlife project to collect images of our local wildlife is going well. He would love to see your photos of any local wildlife found in your gardens or on your daily walks.
Paul says – We’ve had 12 different butterflies in the garden over the last couple of days. We’ve had Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Peacock, Red Admiral and Comma. Had Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Green-veined White earlier in the year. I’m attaching five photos of Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White and Gatekeeper.
Click on the thumbnails below to see some of the images sent in so far; there are 9 new images as at 13 July. Unfortunately members are not always putting titles and authors on their submissions.
Paul says – A new club email is in use for this, and it would be great if you could send me any photos you manage to produce of wildlife in your garden or local area. The photos can be of wild birds, animals, moths, trees, butterflies, bees – basically anything that can be classified as wild – even the weeds you may not want in your garden. I’m not an expert on many of the above so please let me know what the image is illustrating in case I don’t recognise what is included in your photo.
At the end of the project (whenever that is) or when I’ve got enough to work with I will either produce (with expert help) an AV for you all to see or maybe present them all at a club evening. Photos may also appear via the club website.
So, the upshot is – Please send me photos of any local wildlife to email@example.com. Please size the images as for competition, that is at 1600 x 1200 pixels and title them as in the following example – blackbird by joe bloggs. Please try to ensure the images are in the correct colour space, ie sRGB. I don’t mind what wildlife you picture, include the common as well as the rarer species. If any of you have any problems let me know either via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telephone me on 01428 713946.
Any photos will be of interest – this is not a challenge or a competition, just a project – so I don’t mind how good the photos are or what ‘class’ you are in at the club. I would love us all to be involved. I will include photographs from all members who send me material in my final presentation.
After a long illness our Vice President Jim Henson died
on Wed 8th April 2020.
Jim was a founder member of Ludshott Photographic Club, and over the years since its inception in 1995 he has acted as Workshop Co-ordinator, Vice Chairman and Secretary. Always willing to help new members, Jim contributed hugely to our development as a photographic club; so much so that speaking of him to long-standing members almost always provokes the comment, “Jim was such a help to me when I first started”.
Having been professionally involved with printing, Jim’s expertise was of inestimable benefit to those preparing images for competition, but there was little that happened in the development of the club that did not reveal the hand of Jim Henson.
Jim was instrumental in obtaining a lottery grant to buy our first projector in 2005, and he was also involved in setting up the Venture Groups, starting the Grayshott Venture Group, which ran for several years.
In retrospect, it seems inevitable that Jim would become one of the original Audio-Visual workers in the club with a style of his own that reflected his great talent as an artist. It should surprise no-one that Ludshott Photographic Club’s open audio-visual competition bears his name.
Although Jim Henson’s recent ill health robbed us of the pleasure of his work and company, his passing leaves a hole that cannot be filled and he will be sadly missed by all of us who had the honour to know him.
To see some of Jim’s work click here