Exhibits mark Camera Club’s anniversary

MILNGAVIE and Bearsden Camera Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

To mark this occasion, members are exhibiting photographs in several shop windows throughout Milngavie precinct over the next few weeks.

The club owes its origins to a successful photographic competition promoted by Mr Bett of Anderson and Bett, a local pharmacist, and held in connection with Milngavie week 1969.

Judges expressed surprise that with the high standard of entries, Milngavie did not have a camera club. A small committee was formed to rectify the situation and the first recorded meeting of the Milngavie and District Camera Club took place in December of that year.

The syllabus for the 1970 season was prepared, and meetings were held in Milngavie’s Lesser Town Hall.

Club chairman Dr Robert Cumming said: “There were no darkroom facilities which was just as well, since most members were interested in colour slides. The keen print workers possessed their own enlargers.

“In 1975 the name of the club was changed to reflect the fact that many of the members lived in Bearsden and the following year the meetings of the club moved to the Milngavie Community Education Centre.

“From its inception the club has only had two secretaries, the late Robert Simpson (1972- 1987), and Malcolm Boddie, the present incumbent since 1987. Robert Simpson, who latterly became the chairman and honorary president sadly died last year, but his memory is commemorated by the presentation from his son, of a trophy bearing his name, which is competed for annually.

“The membership of the club now stands at over 70, with a waiting list of approximately 25.”

The club is now one of the most successful in Scotland in terms of its competition results. Locally, in the Glasgow and District Photographic Union, several members have had first places in the salon section of the annual exhibition and competition.

Nationally, in the Scottish Photographic Federation (spf) print and projected images competitions the club has been consistently successful, and one of its members is on the Roll of Honour of the SPF. Several members have gained awards and acceptances in international exhibitions. Some also hold distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society.