A warm welcome to Norton Radstock Photographic Society


The Society was formed in 1974 and met fortnightly at first at the local Technical College. In 1976 a formal committee was formed and its first Chair was Alban Seymour (Albie) who stood down with advancing years in 1994 since when his daughter, Margot Witcombe, served continuously in the role until she stepped down in 2019 and became our first Honorary president. Members met regularly at first the Tyning Inn, then the Waldegrave Inn, the Welton Bag Social Club and until COVID struck met weekly on a Thursday evening at The Midsomer Norton Social Club. Jenny Short, a member since 2014, was elected Chair at the AGM in March 2019 and currently remains in the post.

Annual subscriptions , due after the AGM and payable by the end of April is £35

The Club currently provides an interesting and varied program annually. Following what would have been the normal resumption of meetings in September 2020, the continuing COVID restrictions forced a rethink to regular meetings that became virtual, and have remained so . The plan is to resume meetings at a venue twice monthly, and retain other Thursdays as Virtual from September 2022 (see programme details)

In the past we have held an Annual Exhibition in Midsomer Norton every year at the Methodist Hall in the High street that is free to the public. We used to meet every Thursday night except in July and August at the Midsomer Norton Social Club at 7.30pm upstairs. In June we have had evenings out to various local places of interest, in recent years a small group of members has organised a three day trip away somewhere in the UK at the end of July or the beginning of August.We have talks by experienced lecturers, competitions in club and with other local clubs. A small group of AV enthusiasts within the club meets monthly at a separate venue to hone their skills.

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES so popular during the Pandemic, have ceased currently . From February 2022 until June an Exhibition at The Radstock Museum featured our late Club Secretary, Mike Witcombe and the club. He had a vast collection of old cameras and projectors that are all on display, and there ws a great deal of information about local photographers from the past who worked or lived locally. We resume a presence again this year 2022 in the form of an Exhibition at the Midsomer Norton Day to be held 9th July at the Midsomer Centre.

If you want to know more you could copy and paste this link ( https://player.autopod.xyz/214712 ) to an interview with our Chair conducted by Richard Burgess on the local Somer Valley FM in the summer of 2022 after the Midsomer Norton Day that was photographed by members. Alternatively, or perhaps additionally, why not browse our Galleries and go to our News section to see what we have been up to recently and what's coming up that you might be interested in.

Non members can attend our meetings to hear speakers that interest them for a fee of £3 on the night when times are normal- when virtual it will be by arrangement . Use the CONTACT US facility on this website . .