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 now meets 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 re elected in March 2020.

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. We hold an Annual Exhibition in Midsomer Norton every year at the Methodist Hall in the High street and is free to the public. We meet every Thursday night except in July and August at the Midsomer Norton Social Club at 7.30pm upstairs. In June we have evenings out to various local places of interest, and 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.

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.

The 2019/20 programme was temporarily suspended March-September 2020 as a result of the CORONAVIRUS restrictions Consequently the planning programme for the Summer activities when we do not normally meet formally indoors was also on hold . Members were instead encouraged to read a new weekly BLOG and to take part in the WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES set for them every Friday.

Following what would have been the normal resumption of meetings in September, members decided that until further notice the weekly programme would be VIRTUAL to ensure the safety of all members. Some adjustments have been made to ensure this is possible. All print competitions will be digital until further notice, and judges and presenters will operate via Zoom. The situation will be reviewed in November for decisions regarding meetings planned from January.

In the meantime, whilst the weekly challenges are now MONTHLY, the short walks in-week will take place whenever possible as long as people continue to want to take part and the weather allows it. On these walks members are asked to observe strict social distancing protocols, and to wear masks if they feel comfortable doing so to help stop spreading the virusfurther.