Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club is a photographic society open to those with a keen interest in photography. Most members of the club live in and around Milngavie, Bearsden, the Greater Glasgow Area, East Dunbartonshire and West Stirlingshire.
Club activities are centered on weekly meetings, held on a Tuesday evening between late September and April at the Community Education Centre, Allander Road, Milngavie G62 8PN. Meetings begin at 7.30 PM and last for about 2 hours. The annual membership subscription is £40, which is tremendous value for money in comparison with any professional photographic organisation. For enquires about membership please e-mail the club secretary.
Within the past few years, the club enlargers were donated to an educational institution so that all activities have become entirely digital. Currently, there are 65 members and a waiting list to join. The members elect a committee at the AGM and the club is operated by a formal constitution. Although the membership is a predominately male there are active and talented female members. The youngest member is in his early twenties and the oldest is probably in his eighties. Members come from all walks of life. By occupation, many are retired although others have demanding work lives.
On most weeks an external guest speaker will present his or her work in print or projected form. In addition, there are five competition evenings where members submit digital images and prints for adjudication by a judge. Every year there are nights given over to the display of members work and practical nights held for educational purposes.
The club meets at Milngavie Community Library and Education Centre
Historical Origins and Development of the Club by R. Cumming
The Club owes its origins to a successful photographic competition promoted by Mr Bett of Anderson and Bett, a local pharmacist, and held in connection with Milngavie week 1969.The competition judge expressed surprise that with the high standard of entries, Milngavie did not have a camera club. A small committee was formed to rectify the situation and the first recorded meeting of the Milngavie and District Camera Club took place in December of that year.
The syllabus for the 1970 season was prepared, and meetings were held in Milngavie’s Lesser Town Hall. There were no darkroom facilities which was just as well, since most members were interested in colour slides. The keen print workers possessed their own enlargers.
In 1975 the name of the club was changed to reflect the fact that many of the members lived in Bearsden, and and the following year the meetings of the club moved to the Milngavie Community Education Centre. From its inception, the club has only had two secretaries, the late Robert Simpson (1972- 1987), and Malcolm Boddie, the present incumbent since 1987. Robert Simpson who latterly became the chairman and honorary president sadly died last year, but his memory is commemorated by the presentation from his son, of a trophy bearing his name, which is now competed for annually.
The club is now one of the most successful in Scotland in terms of its competition results. Locally, in the Glasgow and District Photographic Union, several members have had first places in the salon section of the annual exhibition and competition. Nationally, in the Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF) print and projected images competitions the club has been consistently successful, and one of its members is on the Roll of Honour of the SPF. Several members have gained awards and acceptances in international exhibitions.
Some also hold distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society.