Christmas Party – Thursday 21st December


This years Christmas Party is at the Kings Newton Bowls Club on Packhorse Road Melbourne for Dec 21st.  We are trying a new format. Due to restrictions at the Thomas Cook Hall, we are not supposed to consume alcohol on the premises. We have located another venue in Melbourne, that caters for up to 40 people, and has a paid bar etc.  Like previous years, this is an open night, so that you can bring your spouse with you, if you choose.

We are going to do our own catering this year. The plan is to use the same tried and tested process we have for home competition nights, where the members contribute food for the event. The society will also supply some of the catering as well. These items will include.

Olives Dressing
Biscuits for Cheese Mince Pies & Cream
Sliced French Stick Disposable Plates & Spoons
Wholemeal Bread Crisps
Butter Tortilla / Tacho’s
Low Fat Spread Nibbles

One or two members have pointed out that on occasions on competition nights we have ended up with a pile of the same food left over. To try and alleviate this we have put together a list of items that we would like you to take off the list, select and bring with you. As some simple guidance, assume that you are catering for 6- 8 people in terms of your contribution.  The list will include the following items. The master list will be with Alan, on the door, and just mark off the item(s) that you want to bring to the night.

Sandwiches – Cheese , Tuna, Egg, Ham , Turkey / Chicken…. Salad – Green
Dips & Sliced Veg Salad Tomatoes , Cucumber, Onion
Falafel Coleslaw or Similar
Samosa Salami / Mixed Continental Meats
Pakora Cheese, Free Choice
Vegetable Bhaji Quiche
Cheese Straws Pork Pie
Cooked Pizza Cocktail Sausages
Humous Sausage Rolls or Similar
Sweet Food Selection- Tray bakes , flapjack Cakes
Other, Let us know what you are bringing please

There is off road parking available for those who wish to drive.

A bar will be provided Tollgate ale on tap plus other bottled beers and larger, wines and sprits at competitive prices. (so I am told) The club should be decorated for Christmas but they will give us access prior to the event if we wish to decorate the club house for our evening in case we would like to add our own theme. We are planning to make this a social night, and there will be some simple games etc.

Lorraine has asked if members of the society can supply a picture of themselves as a baby or toddler for the Christmas social as a bit of fun.  Could call it Who’s Who or something like that.  If you could ask them to e-mail to by no later than 14th December.

Any questions, please let us know

Members Night, 4th January 18

We return for the seasonal break, to the first members night of the season. As normal this is open to the membership to make a short presentation on a subject of their choice.  This could be anything from your own audio-visual presentation, to a presentation on your favourite subject, to a talk on your favourite area of photography.    You might have something you want to understand more about, or skills you want to learn. We can always see if we can find someone to cover that area, given enough notice.

Your offers and suggestions would be appreciated to make this evening a success. Please contact Paul Cooper if you want to participate.

Tomorrow Nights Speaker – Thursday 23rd November – Update

Due to illness this weeks speaker has had to cancel. I have managed to book a replacement, his name is Malcolm Sales, he specialises in capturing people and places. He will be giving a talk on smart phone photography, we might pick up some tips for our competition later in the year. 

John Zahorodnyj

Programme secretary.

Details of Malcolm can be found here


Tonights speaker, Tony Winfield has been invited  to inspire members to produce more creative images. Various creative techniques are considered both in-camera and in-computer.

Details of his work will be found on his website