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 centred 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. We are currently operating online using Zoom and organising Photo Challenges. We will continue to function despite Covid-19 and are organising talks for next year. Indeed we are now extending our normal period of operation into summer with a mixture of online events.
The annual membership subscription is £40, which is tremendous value for money in comparison with any professional photographic organisation. For enquiries about membership please e-mail the club secretary. The secretary invites applicants to join the club when places become available.
Club meetings are held in the lower floor of the CE Centre, Milngavie
Currently, there just under 70 members. The members elect a committee of approximately 10 members 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. 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
Allander Rd, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 8PN. (Image source: Openstreetmap)
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The club is a member of the Glasgow District Photographic Union (GDPU) and the Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF). We enter print and projected images competitions of the SPF. The club has been consistently successful, and one of its members is on the Roll of Honour of the SPF. In 2018 the club was12th in the Scottish Photographic Print Championship (Check out the long list of SPF clubs if you want to find a camera club near where you live). Several members have gained awards and acceptances in international exhibitions. Some also hold distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society.
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 was no darkroom since most members were interested in colour slides. The keen print workers possessed their own enlargers. The photography of the present membership is now based entirely on digital camera, printers and on the use of editing software.
In 1975 the name of the club was changed to reflect the fact that many of the members lived in Bearsden, 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 became the chairman and honorary president. His memory is commemorated by the presentation from his son, of a trophy bearing his name, which is now competed for annually.
This website was reconstructed in 2020 and is maintained and edited by Steve Campbell, a club member.