Club History

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CLUB

The club was founded in 1974 by Frank Broadbent and Harry Rickaby with Robin and Edith Butler joining at the second meeting. What began as an idea in the local pub has blossomed into the club we have today.
Robin soon became the Chairman/Treasurer/Programme Secretary and Competition Secretary with Edith as Secretary. There were about 20
25 members including Mr Wrightson, a local businessman with a photography business in the town. Then as now there were no class distinctions in the club, everyone had a shared interest in photography which broke down all class barriers.

From the start the club was based on slides and it was Robin and Edith who introduced the first print competitions with great success. Edith also introduced the mince pie evening and would bring hot mince pies to the meetings for all to enjoy.
The meetings were held in the dugout, a small, room under the memorial hall in Kirkbymoorside. In 1988 the club moved to the room at the British Legion Club in Kirkbymoorside where the club meets to this day. This warm, friendly environment is one of the main factors in increasing membership in a remote rural area.

After the move ‘Project Groups’ were introduced at the club (groups of likeminded people who enjoy a particular aspect of photography) for those people who like to show and discuss their work in a relaxed and informal setting. These have proved very popular and still run today.
From 1989 to 2010 our current President David Ireland was Chairman of the club and his drive and foresight saw the club through the transition from traditional film and slides to the digital age we see today. His Chairmanship culminated in the club hosting the federation annual exhibition in 2009, a great success for all involved. He was awarded the APAGB for all his work in the club in 2010 when he retired from Chair and became President.

Our current Chairman Harry Kingman aims to keep the club moving forward in the direction set by David by ensuring that members have the opportunity to experience all aspects of photography and be aware of current developments not only in photographic style but also new equipment and software