Club History

Calne Camera club was founded in 1974 and was known as the Calne Camera and Cine Club. The club was later adopted and sponsored by C&T Harris's, a former and famous employer in the town. The name was then changed to Calne Harris Camera Club. At this time it met in the Harris Social Club and was based in Marden House on the wharf. (It has been fully restored in recent years and now serves as a social centre and day centre for various groups.)

The club then moved to a temporary building which was situated in the grounds of The Woodlands. It later moved into the social club building, it also served as a canteen for the staff of Harris's.

In July 1982 Harris ceased production in the town and discussions were started with a view to buying the Social Club from them. This was eventually completed and came under control of the Management Committee on 1st May 1984.

At this time the social club committee voted to adopt the Camera Club and thus the name was changed to the Calne Woodlands Camera Club.

In 1986 Calne Woodlands CC members built a darkroom in the upper story of the building and there were plans to develop a studio but these were delayed and then cancelled due to the lack of a suitable fire escape and other safety features in the area required for this use.

Since then the technology of photography has seen a sea change with most members turning to digital cameras and processing their images on computers using dedicated software. None-the-less similar techniques (dodge, burn and cropping) were used to produce eye catching images. It is only the hardware that has changed.

In the summer of 2007, the club held its first photographic exhibition (Calne Woodlands Photofest 2007) where club members were given the opportunity to exhibit their work to the public. Held at the Carnegie Heritage Centre, Calne, 150 prints were displayed to great effect and acclaim. Photofest has been held as part of the Calne Music and Arts Festival ever since.

On 7th Jan 2013 Calne Camera Club held it's first meeting at a new venue - Beversbrook Community Centre; At this time the club's name was changed from Calne Woodlands Camera Club to its present title.

In July 2018 we moved to a new venue, The Lansdowne Hall, Derry Hill.

Calne Camera Club has met every Monday for more than 40 years or so, excluding Bank Holidays and a summer break.

Indeed Club meetings are still held every Monday evening except on Bank Holidays and during July and August at the Lansdowne Hall. The programmes feature a variety of events both photographic and local/ general interest offering something for everyone.

The club currently comprises of 30 plus members, encompassing those who are competitive and those who are there for the social aspects of the club. Club meeting subjects range through practical events, visiting speakers, critiques, competitions and 'battles' involving other clubs. By being a member of the Western Counties Photographic Federation it is able to enter images into the inter club competitions run by the Federation. Similarly, club members are able to enter Federation competitions on an annual basis.

By virtue of its membership of the Western Counties Photographic Federation it is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, which gives club members the opportunity to present panels of images for distinctions thus giving them the right to apply relevant letters to their names.