East Grinstead Camera Club (EGCC) was established in 1955 and has been part of the photographic heritage of East Grinstead ever since.
We meet as a club on Thursday Nights at the Felbridge Village Hall. Meetings start at 8pm, but we tend to start arriving from 7:45.
The format of an evening is split into two parts, with Coffee and Biscuits in the middle.
On competition nights, we split between either Projected and Printed Images either side of the break, or our B class and A class entries.
For presentation nights we tend to take a break at around 9pm for the refreshements.
Our Membership year runs from September, with the dues being paid in that month. Costs are £70 for Adults and £35 for under 18s.
We welcome new members to come along and try the club, only being asked to commit to membership after a few weeks, however membership is required if you wish to complete in the competitions.
If you would like more information please reach out to us via the Contact Page, or come along to any meeting. You'd be most welcome.
Club History Past Presidents Trophy Winners Commitee Members
East Grinstead Camera Club was formed in 1955, although there had been a camera club in the area before the Second World War which was closed during the war. The inaugural meeting was held in June 1955, and the first meeting was held in January 1956.
Claire Field, a local schoolteacher, was the founder member and the Claire Field Cup for the B section monthly prints was donated in her memory. Mr Betts, the manager of Dixons, a local chemist shop at the top of Railway Approach, was another early member.
Mrs Addison and her sister Miss Morter were professional portrait photographers and members in the early days who lived in Lingfield near Roy Card, another member.
The Mesdames Morter Trophy was donated in their memory for the Portrait Print of the Year.
They were widely published in the 1920’s. ‘When A Fit of Laughter Gits Ye’ (see next page) was accepted in the London Salon Exhibition 1925 and printed in Amateur Photographer magazine.
The Keith de Lellis gallery in New York has a collection of Mesdames Morter prints.
The sisters are dressed up in costumes, such as a naval captain in ‘Captain of the Good Ship’ (London 1927) and in a WW1 era winter coat in ‘Remembrance Day’ (London 1923).
In an exhibition at the Houk-Friedman gallery in the 1990’s they were marketed as early precursors of Cindy Sherman.
Brigadier W P B Ashton was the club’s patron for many years until 1981 and he used to host Christmas parties at Greathed Manor, Dormansland. Later Christmas parties were held at
The Old House, opposite the Felbridge Hotel, home of Gina and Bill Brewin who also held summer sessions in their kitchen.
One of the first Presidents was Chris Crosthwaite, a Leica enthusiast and a member of the Leica portfolio, sending prints to other members for appraisal.
A small but enthusiastic group of about 20 photography lovers met in places such as the Ship Inn in West Street and a scout hall in Portland Road, but later moved to The County Grammar School (now Imberhorne Middle School) in Windmill Lane. At first they perched on stools in the Chemistry laboratory, later moving to the Geography room. They met on a Tuesday evening and the school caretaker would jangle his keys at about 9.55pm to make sure they left by ten o’clock.
In 1955 the subscription was £1 for adults rising to £1 10s 0d by 1969.
In 1977 meetings were changed to Thursday evenings at Neale House, Moat Road (converted from a girls’ school into a conference centre), by which time membership fees were £2.50p, doubling in 1978 to £5.
By 1989 fees were £12.50p per member. In 1990 the venue changed to The Small Parish Hall, De La Warr Road In 2010 the venue changed to Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead. where the club currently meets.
In the early days the club held public competitions through the East Grinstead Courier judged by Doug Sizer, the proprietor of a camera shop by the clock tower. Bill Kilby was another local camera shop proprietor who became outings secretary, arranging trips to such places as Whipsnade Zoo and Cambridge. He was assisted by Doreen Ede later a member of a club on the Sussex coast and the East Sussex WI photographic section.
The first public audio visual (AV) show presented by the club was sponsored by Turner,
Rudge and Turner and held in King George’s Hall in 1980, the proceeds being donated to the St Swithin’s Parish Church restoration fund. Maurice and Joyce Flower produced all the sequences that year and the following years at Neale House. They were joined by Stan King and moved their annual show to Sackville School.
In 1989 they formed the EGCC Audio Visual Group with other camera club members and produced an annual AV show in the Parish Hall from 1989 to 1999, sharing profits between the club and various charities. The group has now disbanded.
1955/56 F S Wyant
1960/61 C Crossthwaite
1963/64 W Selwyn Ray
1968/69 T A Garcia
1969/70 T A Garcia
1970/71 M S Allan
1971/72 M S Allan
1972/73 J S Johnson
1973/74 J S Johnson
1974/75 M S Flower
1975/76 M S Flower
1976/77 Mrs E G Brewin
1977/78 Mrs E G Brewin
1978/79 T A Garcia
1979/80 M S Flower
1980/81 M S Flower
1981/82 P E Fenton LVP
1982/83 P E Fenton LVP
1983/84 R L Finch
1984/85 R L Finch
1985/86 J P C Pascoe
1986/87 J P C Pascoe
1987/88 M S Allan
1988/89 M S Allan
1989/90 P E Fenton LVP
1990/91 P E Fenton LVP
1991/92 Mrs J Flower LVP
1992/93 Mrs J Flower LVP
1993/94 M S Flower
1994/95 M S Flower
1995/96 P Bishop
1996/97 P Bishop
1997/98 C Stevens
1998/99 P Bishop
1999/00 P Bishop
2000/01 M Seltzer
2001/02 M Seltzer
2002/03 P Bishop
2003/04 P Bishop
2004/05 Mrs L A Ormrod
2005/06 P Bishop
2006/07 P Bishop
2007/08 K Mason LRPS
2008/09 K Mason LRPS
2009/2010 P Bishop
2010/2011 P Bishop
2011/2012 R Cano
2012/2013 R Cano
2013/2014 P Bishop 2014/2015 P Bishop LVP
2015/2016 S Hall
Trophy winners 2014 /15
Monthly 'A' Section Steve Hall Founders Trophy
Monthly 'B' Section Julia Lowe Claire Field Cup
Print of the Year 'A' Section Steve Hall Houlson Salver
Print of the Year 'B' Section Julia Lowe Ashdown Trophy
Record Print Not run in 2014-15 Sussex Trophy
Portrait Print Anthony Pepper Mesdames Morter Trophy
Set Subject Gillian Lloyd Sackville Trophy
Print Panel Phil Bird Peter Fenton Trophy
Nature Print Julia Lowe Millennium Trophy
Monthly 'A' Section Gillian Lloyd De La Warr Trophy 'A'
Monthly 'B' Section Julia Lowe De La Warr Trophy 'B’
PDI of the Year 'A' Section Stephen Ormrod Keith and Carol Beamond Trophy
PDI of the Year 'B' Section Sue Lorraine Faith Lee Trophy
Record PDI Not run in 2014-15 Maurice Flower Trophy
Portrait PDI Steve Hall GJH Trophy
Set Subject Stef Hillwood Keith Mason Trophy
PDI Sequence Gillian Lloyd Weald Trophy
Nature PDI Steve Hall John Myszyn Trophy
Special Award Steve Tyler JS Johnson Trophy
Peter Bishop President
Anthony Beevor Vice President
Michael Myzsyn Treasurer
Julia Lowe Secretary
Dave Mansi Print comp. sec
Stef Hillwood PDI comp. sec
Lawrence Homewood Social media and Social sec
Steve Tyler Webmaster
Steve Hall Ex Officio
East Grinstead Camera Club - Since 1955
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