Annual Dinner – Thursday 10th May 2018 – The Hardinge Arms, Kings Newton

I am pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Dinner will be held at the Hardinge Arms, in Kings Newton on Thursday 10 May, 7:00 for 7:30pm. The Society’s Annual Awards will be made during the evening. The meal is open to members and their spouses as in previous years. The cost for the three course meal is £20 per person.

The menu is;

Dinner Menu

Thursday 10th May 2018

Melbourne Photographic Society


Soup of the Day

Liver Pate, with Toast and leaves

English Salad

Bacon, black pudding, mushroom and poached egg

Breaded Whitebait, Served with Salad and Tartar sauce


Slow Roasted Duck Salad

Fresh strawberries, leaves, orange dressing

Traditional Roast Belly Pork

New potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

Shin of Beef

Slow cooked in beer and served with mash and seasonal vegetables

Pesto Linguine

Fresh linguine tossed with homemade basil pesto, With garlic bread

Pan Fried Mackerel Fillets

With warm horse radish potato salad and fresh leaves


Chocolate brownie, with cream or custard

Bread and Butter pudding, with custard

Lemon Possett, with fresh cream and shortbread

3 Course Dinner £20.00 Per Person

Coffee/Cheese Board available for extra £3 per person 

Are you Interested in going, please let John, Paul or Alan know along with a £10 deposit by the 26th April. We will be asking for you menu selections during April for all those who are attending.


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.

Swarkstone Exhibition 21st – 22nd October

We are coming up to the final exhibition of the year.  This is the first time we have exhibited at Swarkestone Garden Centre and we are hoping  that this will be a great success..

To ensure things run smoothly I am asking the membership for some help.  If you can give an hour of your time on either the Saturday or Sunday that would be wonderful, plus we need some help with setting up on Friday afternoon and taking down on Sunday afternoon. We won’t need to have more than one or two people at any one time as there isn’t a Tombola to run.  We have some members selling merchandise who will be there for most of the weekend.

Please can you let me know if you are available to help. My email is

  Friday Set Up Saturday Sunday
12.00-1.00   Jennifer Z, John Z  
3.00-4.00 Jennifer Z, John Z, Lorraine, Ian, Alan    
4.00-5.00     Jennifer Z, John Z

Kind Regards,


Melbourne Photographic – Whats On

How to Session, 28th Sept 2017

This week’s “How To” Session is based around how to prepare pictures for competitions , and covers all the basics throughout the cycle from cropping, printing and mounting, through to what competitions are all about.  How this all hangs together can sometimes be fairly confusing for many photographers ( Me included ! ) , and the idea is to demystify this, and make this accessible to everyone.

It’s a useful point for all of the members to get some new ideas of how this is done, and the talk is being delivered by some of our most experienced members.

At the end we are going to make the awards for the 2016-17 season, delayed from the Annual Dinner.

The Agenda is

  • Overview and Preparation of Images       Helen – 20 Mins
  • Printing   & Mounting                                     Ian  Practical 30 – 45 Mins
  • So what’s competitions all about               Simon  - 15 Mins
  • 2017 Awards                                                    10 – 15  Minutes

As normal we meet at the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall [TCMH] starting at 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there

Up Coming Events

5th Oct 17 Thursday
19.30 – 22.00
What is Photography About Paul looks at the craft of photography before moving on to creativity. This seems to be an area that causes great anxiety due to misunderstanding. Paul O’Flannagan
12th Oct 17 Thursday
19.30 – 22.00
Internal Competition – Themed [Monochrome] Our themed competition topic in Monochrome. Images must be taken in the past 12 months. Members can submit 3 prints and 3 digital images. Full guidance and competition rules available on the Society Website. Ralph Bennett
19th Oct 17 Thursday
19.30 – 22.00
Peak District Landscapes A selection of digital images through the seasons in the Peak District Stephen Elliott

Welcome Night , Thursday 21st September 17      

Thank you to everyone who came along on Thursday night , both potential new members along with existing society members. It was the most tremendous turnout for the first night of the season, and great to see so many new faces. We look forward to meeting you again in the coming weeks.