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Camera club continues to click with enthusiast John

Hebden Bridge Camera Club members, pictured from the left, are Andrew Pell (President-elect of the Yorkshire Photographic Union), Norman Riley, John Woodhead and club president Chris Johnson-Standley. Picture by Rory Prior

Hebden Bridge Camera Club members, pictured from the left, are Andrew Pell (President-elect of the Yorkshire Photographic Union), Norman Riley, John Woodhead and club president Chris Johnson-Standley. Picture by Rory Prior

Keen photographer John Woodhead has made sure Hebden Bridge Camera Club - formed in 1952 - has always had maximum exposure.

He is the only person to have been in the club since it began and has been actively involved for 61 years, having held the positions of club treasurer, syllabus secretary and general secretary over the decades.

At the club’s last meeting of 2013, John was presented with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s Award for Meritorious Service. The honour, to recognise John’s long service to the club and to photography, was presented by Andrew Pell, president elect of the Yorkshire Photographic Union.

John was a founder member of the Calder Camera Club, soon renamed the Hebden Bridge Camera Club, when it was formed in 1952. Before this he had been a member of the photographic section of the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society, from which the camera club was born. He became club treasurer in 1954, and the following year became syllabus secretary, a post he held for 14 years.

In 1969 he became the general secretary of the club, a position he continued to hold until this year.

The club meets every Wednesday at the Masonic Hall on Hangingroyd Lane. The first meeting of 2014 is on January 8 at 7.45pm and new members, of all levels of experience, are welcome.

The club’s 2014 calendar is now on sale at retailers throughout Hebden Bridge.

 

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