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 and in March 2021.

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, members decided that until further notice the weekly programme would be VIRTUAL to ensure the safety of all members. All print competitions will be digital until further notice, and judges and presenters will operate via Zoom. The situation will be reviewed regularly for decisions regarding meetings planned from March 2022.

In the Coronavirus Lockdown we have had to hold all meetings virtually since March 2020, meeting up for walks at appropriately social distances when possible . We have sometimes engaged in weekly Challenges to ensure that interest stays high and contact is secured.

In the past we have held an Annual Exhibition in Midsomer Norton every year at the Methodist Hall in the High street and 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 had 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.

Recently unable to meet face to face we hold weekly Zooms on a Thursday, plan the short walks in-week whenever possible within the regulations, 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 virus further.

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 through CONTACT US .

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES have ceased currently . From February 2022 until June an Exhibition at The Radstock Museum is featuring 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 is a great deal of information about local photographers from the past who worked or lived locally.