Film Pack is issued three times annually, at the start of June, July and August. It aims to keep members informed during the summer months while there is a break in the regular meetings.

If anyone has a contribution to make it must be with the editors by 20th of the preceding month. The editors are identified at the end of each issue.




JUNE 2017
"Brexi"-bition Edition


As I write this I am just about recovered from a bout of gout. So I am out and about. How about that?

It is a tremendous honour to be your President again. A post I do not take lightly and one to which I will put in as much effort as is needed - as I have always tried to do with everything I do for TPS, a Society which has been close to hearts of both Dorothy and I since we joined in 1969/70. Over the years I have spent time in every main post except treasurer and am happy to leave that one out of my portfolio.

In Tynemouth, we have members with a vast array of talents and we should be grateful for that and to learn from each other's experiences, interests, creativity and techniques. I think people with photography as a hobby are really privileged in that we look at, and see all sorts of things that most people simply pass by. In doing so and recording such images on our camera we can then show them to others who may be inspired to look at these and other things closer.

In my own little way, I know I have achieved this in that, several folk I know now look at pillar-boxes and notice their differences while others happily look at and send me their pictures of doorknockers. Others even look at bricks. So, don't be afraid of showing people photos of anything that takes your fancy. It is all broadening people's minds, even though they may initially be having a laugh underneath. We all learn day by day and photography is a hobby, which helps enrich our own, lives immensely.

This past season we have been fortunate to gain some keen new members and a few of them are quite young by camera club standards. The Monday afternoon group also includes some people who, although they cannot come along on a Thursday night, let us see their work through competitions. All in all I consider that our future is bright.

Just in case you missed my announcement at the AGM, the subject for the President's trophy next season is SHADOWS. Good luck with that. Let's have a bumper entry.

Howard Wilson

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As we write this, the Annual exhibition has just closed. Over the weekend it attracted a total of 84 visitors, so that is a big improvement on last year's miserly 26!

The good weather and the Tynemouth Food Festival certainly helped attract folk in, but there is no doubt that putting a piece in the Whitley Bay Guardian and emailing other local camera clubs made a big difference to the numbers.

We had members from Hartlepool, Whickham, Durham, Sunderland, North Shields and Whitley Bay Clubs making the journey through to see our work and once again we asked visitors to vote for their own particular "favourite photo". A total of 84 votes were cast over the Presentation Evening and the Exhibition weekend and after a re-count, Stan's "Bicycle" was the winner with 6 votes, a short handlebar ahead of Terry Scott's Derelict Villa with 5. Several received 4 - Keith's Harvest Mice; Arthur's Blue Dawn plus his Wind and Rain at Buttermere; David Pratt's Sunset Surge and also his In Hot Pursuit.

We think every participant received a vote for at least one of their prints so well done all. A total of 53 pictures received at least one vote

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 Remembering Vince Rooker DPAGB EFIAP APAGB

Some of you would know Vince Rooker very well. He both lectured and judged to TPS on numerous occasions. In recent years he always took the NCPF International Prints to several clubs for members to admire. It meant humping three very full boxes of print to the venues and this was no mean feat when you realise that Vince was just about two weeks off his 87th birthday when he passed away a few weeks ago.

Vince was a real gentleman who would help anyone and would give advice or information freely. Vince was very well respected and we will miss him.

This picture, he slipped into the running order when he judged a projected image competition for us in November 2010.

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 Committee for 2017 - 18

President:Howard Wilson
Vice President:Keith Hildreth
Treasurer:Margaret Warren
Secretary:Jennifer Cowley
Syllabus Secretary:Howard Wilson
Syllabus Committee:Stan Bewick, Keith Hildreth
Competitions Secretaries:Prints: David Pratt
Projected Images: John McGuinness
External Competitions: Howard Wilson, Rachael Sewell
House Managers:Howard Wilson, Larry Bedigan, Paul Myers
Selection Committee:Stan Bewick, Howard Wilson, Arthur Smith, Larry Bedigan, John McGuinness, Keith Hildreth
Projection Team:Howard Wilson, Arthur Smith, Larry Bedigan, John McGuinness
Raffles:Stan Bewick
Webmaster:Graham Relf
Members' Nights Organiser:Keith Hildreth
Catering Manager:Margaret Warren, Jennifer Cowley, Rachael Sewell
Film Pack Editors:Stan Bewick, Jennifer Cowley, Howard Wilson, Sarah Timney
Group representatives:Afternoon: Andrew Beevers
Art: Terry Drew and Brenda Wilson
Digital/Practical: Larry Bedigan
Nature: Keith Hildreth
Record: Stan Bewick
Video Film-making: John Burton
Publicity:Rachael Sewell, David Pratt

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 Presentation Awards 2017

 Seasonal Competitions
Seasonal Advanced Projected ImagesAgar TrophyKeith Hildreth
Seasonal Club Projected ImagesBrooks TrophyMargaret Warren
Margaret also received certificates for Third Place in the Presidents Trophy Competition and
Third Place in the Annual Projected Image Competition
Seasonal Advanced Monochrome PrintsSilver Jubilee TrophyRobin Sinton
Seasonal Advanced Colour PrintsDr. Knox TrophyRobin Sinton
Robin also received a certificate for Second Place in the Presidents Trophy Competition
Seasonal Club Colour PrintsTaylor TrophyTerry Scott
Annual Projected Image CompetitionBrittain TrophyJohn McGuinness
(Best Set of 3 Images) "Castles"
John also received certificates for Second Place in the Seasonal Advanced Monochrome Print Competition and
Second Place equal in the Seasonal Advanced Colour Print Competition and
Third Place in the Seasonal Advanced Projected Image Competition
Best Individual Projected Image in
Annual Projected Image Competition
Stephenson TrophyGraham Relf
"Milky Way from Rievaulx"
Graham also receives a certificate for Second Place in the Annual Projected Image Competition
Presidents Trophy (Texture)Presidents TrophyDavid Pratt
"Titanic Scales"
David also receives a certificate for Second Place in the Seasonal Advanced Projected Image Competition

Certificates went to

Viv SamuelsonSecond Place in Seasonal Club Projected Competition
Paul MyersSecond Place equal in the Seasonal Advanced Colour Print Competition
Sarah TimneySecond Place in the Seasonal Club Colour Print Competition
Third Place in the Seasonal Club Projected Image Competition
Stan BewickThird Place in the Seasonal Advanced Monochrome Print Competition
Rachael SewellThird Place in the Seasonal Club Colour Print Competition

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 Annual Exhibition
Best Club Monochrome PrintDavison TrophyTerry Scott - "Derelict Villa"
Best Club Colour PrintSmith TrophyTerry Scott - "Sunset at Blackpool Tower No 2"
Best Advanced Monochrome PrintSilver Rose BowlHoward Wilson - "Around in the Wet"
Howard also received certificates for Second place in Advanced Colour Print section with "Fountains Abbey"
Best Advanced Colour PrintLisle TrophyArthur Smith - "Blue Dawn, Derwent Water"
Best Non Conventional EntryGordon Turnbull TrophyArthur Smith - "Dreamscape, Venezia"
Best PortraitPortrait TrophyStan Bewick - "Mr President"
Best Natural History EntryDunkin / Carruthers TrophyDavid Pratt - "In Hot Pursuit"
Best LandscapeWilson VaseArthur Smith - "Blue Dawn, Derwent Water"
Best Print In ExhibitionSilver ShieldArthur Smith - "Blue Dawn, Derwent Water"

Certificates went to

Sarah TimneySecond place in the Club Colour Print Section - "Central Station"
Second Place in the Club Monochrome Print Section - "Stark Reality"
David PrattSecond Place in the Advanced Monchrome Print Section - "Upturned"
Third Place in the Advanced Monochrome Print Section - "Beblowe Craig"
Third Place equal in the Advanced Colour Print Section - "Born Free"
Third Place equal in the Advanced Colour Print Section - "Wild Tide"
Graham RelfSecond Place in the Non Conventional Section - "The Great Orion Nebula"
Wendy PrattThird Place in the Club Colour Print section - "Blackburn Falls, Cragside"

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 Photographer of the Year 2017

FINALLY The Fox Talbot Trophy is for the Photographer of the Year.

This year it was another difficult decision. It goes to a member whose work has vastly improved over the last two years and is being recognized for interclub use. The photography shown on club nights has been really good and interesting. Already won a trophy tonight, came 3rd in the Annual Projected Images comp and 3rd in the Presidents Trophy. Also dreamt up the idea of starting our afternoon group: Margaret Warren

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 Art Group

Summer meeting dates are

7 & 21 June
5 & 19 July
2 August
26/27 August exhibition

Michael Dennison

 Nature Group

The first of our nature Group summer outings was to Washington Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Amongst other feathered friends there were Avocets and their young, Shelduck and Black-tailed Godwils at the Waden pond. It was a fairly early start, but well worth it and the refreshments at the café made for a comfortable first excursion.

The Farne Islands trip may not be so "user friendly" - the weather plays a huge part - and further details will be available shortly. Please contact me directly on 2665835 if you would like to secure a place. The cost is approximately £35 with non-National Trust members paying a further £18 for island entries.

Bempton Cliffs will be our final destination later in the summer.

Keith Hildreth

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 My First Year with TPS

Having moved back to the area from London, I was keen to integrate into the community. I also wanted to develop my photography skills and practice without having to go back to college or university. So when the Tynemouth Photographic Society sign was pointed out to me, I reckoned it was the perfect way to combine these ideas!

I stumbled into the camera house on the first evening of the season to see a room of people sitting in rows facing the front. The welcome I received was extremely warm and friendly. I sat for the next hour and watched 4 or 5 members show the rest of us their summer in photographs in ten minute slots. What a wonderful idea, I thought, to share your experiences in this direct way - how different to seeing them on Facebook! I giggled and admired their images and observations as the evening progressed.

I was encouraged to submit images for their internal competitions from the very beginning. Up to that point, I had never had printed or mounted any of my photographs for any sort of critique. The constructive feedback I have received over the last six competitions has allowed me to genuinely develop. The inclusive and positive nature of the group has given me the confidence to take photography more seriously.

Although the meetings are relatively formal in nature, the group is relaxed. Everyone has a place and we each enjoy the different styles and subjects of photography that members bring to the table.

The weekly commitment may put people off but the time and energy invested in the group and your work will pay dividends. It should be said that a missed meeting is perfectly fine too! The raffle and the tea and biscuits at the end are sweet reminders that the value of community cannot be undermined.

Special thanks to Larry for the additional help on how to actually use my DSLR!!

After a great season, I'm delighted to now be on the committee and hope to help keep the club moving forward.

Rachael Sewell

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 Summer News / Events

[This list is regularly revised on our web events page]

June 1st Thursday, 7:30pmNCPF International Portfolio
Winning (projected) images will be shown in our clubrooms
June 1- 4thGeorgian Fair, Beamish
June 3rdKent Police Band, Beamish
Farmer's Market, Morpeth
June 5th MondayOur Exhibition moves to The Swan Centre, Killingworth for 2 weeks
June 5th Monday, 2pmAfternoon Group (final in-house meeting until September)
Non-members especially welcome: come and see what we are about. £2.50 per session, including refreshments.
There is no theme this time. Instead we will have a live demonstration of how our AV was built, using PicturesToExe.
June 8th-14thAppleby Horse Fair
June 9thBlaydon Races - starts 7.15pm at Collingwood Street, Newcastle
June 10th & 11thLocal History Exhibition, Morpeth Town Hall, 9.30am - 4.00pm
June 10thOrpheus Male Voice Choir in the Beamish chapel
June 11thSunday school Anniversary, Beamish
Morpeth Fair Day
June 16thLunchtime Organ Recital, Morpeth Methodist Church, 12 for 12.30pm
June 17thNorth Skelton Band, Beamish, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
June 18thBeamish Reliability Run - vehicles registered before 1956
Brass at Beamish - 10 Brass Bands across the day
June 19th MondayClosing date for contributions to the July Film Pack
June 21stLunchtime concert in St George's URC Church, Morpeth, 12.30pm.
£3 refreshments from noon
June 22nd Thursday, 6pmEvening outing to Gibside (National Trust)
June 23-25thArmed Forces Days in Sunderland - website -
June 24thBeamish Cog Railway ¼" gauge track railway
June 24-25thExhibition of North East Police History, Beamish
June 25thMusic in the Park, Northumberland Park, North Shields, 1.00 - 3.00pm refreshments available
July 3rd Monday, 2pmAfternoon outing to Sunderland Quayside
Meet at the National Glass Centre (we could stay inside if wet)
July 15th Saturday, 10amAll day outing to Howick/Craster/Embleton area
Meet at the parking area beside a farm called Sea Houses. Instructions for locating it are as follows - Follow the road that runs from Howick Hall towards Craster. About half a mile from Howick Hall, the road takes a right-angled turn left. On this corner there are parking places in the lane leading down to Seahouses Farm. The meeting place is at the gateway right on this corner, from which a path leads down to the coast. For those folk with a satnav, the grid reference is 258174 and the postcode for the farm cottages is NE66 3LH.
July 20th Thursday, 6pmEvening outing to Newcastle/Gateshead quayside area. Meet in the Sage
August 7th Monday 2pmAfternoon walk down the Ouse Burn
Meet at the Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle
September 1st FridayClosing date for NCPF International Salon
September 4th Monday, 2pmAfternoon outing to Hexham
Meet at the Abbey Gift Shop
September 20th Wednesday, 5pmArt Group
September 21st Thursday, 7:30pmPhoto Group resumes
Members present "My summer in 10 minutes"
October 13th - 15th, Friday - Sunday1940s weekend at Pickering

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 Tyne River Trip: Sunday 13th August

The committee have been planning to organize a River Tyne cruise afternoon outing this summer, (similar to the one we had a few years ago), but have been waiting for Nexus to be open for bookings. We have chosen to try to make up a party on Sunday, 13th August, when the onboard live commentary is to be given by John Grundy. You should not wait too long before deciding to come along, as tickets for John Grundy cruises sell out quickly. You can either organize your own tickets (prices etc. are pasted and attached below), alternatively I am prepared to get them for you, as long as you let me have the money in advance. If you want me to buy them, you need to know that I'm away on holiday 9th June to 25th June. I already have three folk interested in coming along, who are waving their money at me! Feel free to bring along partners, friends etc.

Please be aware that the cruise starts from the South Shields ferry landing, not North Shields. The cost of a return trip on the ferry to South Shields is included in the cruise ticket price.


Child (aged 14 and under)£10
Concession (aged 60 and over)£12
Baby (under 12 months)Free

The Ferry departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 4:00 p.m. from SOUTH SHIELDS FERRY LANDING. Book online at or any Nexus TravelShop. If you are travelling from North Shields your ticket can also be used for a free return trip to/from South Shields.

Even if you organize your own tickets please let me know if you intend coming along, as the committee intend to provide food items for an afternoon tea on board. You will have to buy your own beverages. The TPS Committee have decided to provide some sweet and savoury items of food so that we can all enjoy an afternoon tea whilst we are onboard.

Yours, Margaret Warren

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 The Monday Afternoon Group

Apart from photography, my other hobby (as well as going on holiday) is Scottish Country Dancing. Local groups and classes usually meet in the evening, but for the last 17 years there has been a very successful afternoon group.

Thinking that an afternoon group might also work for a photographic society, I suggested the idea to the committee. I felt that we could offer meetings that were less formal than those of our evening groups and with more input from group members. The Committee gave the idea the thumbs up and the afternoon group came into being last September. Graham Relf kindly offered to be our "Tech Guy" and he has operated the laptop and projector throughout the season.

Since our inaugural meeting members have tackled a variety of photographic challenges, bringing along the resulting images to share with the rest of us. It has been really interesting to see how people have interpreted the fortnightly themes.

The theme of "Along the Tyne" has resulted in the group's images being used to produce the AV presentation, which was shown at the Club's end of season social evening. On Monday afternoon, 5th June, Graham Relf and Viv Samuelson will be explaining how this AV was put together using PicturesToExe. This meeting is, as usual, open to all so feel free to pop, along even if you are not one of our "regulars".

Margaret Warren

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 Singapore to Cape Town

Throughout our working life John and I had always said, "When we retire we'll go on a cruise..." and so with the arrival of the foresaid, the long held promise became a reality.

I had never experienced a holiday on board a boat, let alone a big ship like the Queen Elizabeth, so was excited about the whole sailing experience in itself, let alone the numerous ports that we would visit on our journey. We flew to Singapore where we had a couple of days to explore and get our "clocks" back in tune before boarding the ship. The voyage lasted 20 days and stopped at Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Colombo, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Port Elizabeth and finally disembarked in Cape Town where we spent a further three days exploring.

Folk said, "You'll either love it, or hate it" - well we loved it and are already planning to stitch on the next section of the world tour for later this year.

Sarah Timney

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 End notes

That is it for this month. Please consider writing a short article for the July or August editions.

July Edition will be sent out around 1st July. Anything for that edition please let us have it by 20th June.

Your editors are:-
Sarah Timney
Jennifer Cowley
Stan Bewick
Howard Wilson