Ilkley Camera Club spread the word that photography is fun and a great way to engage the brain, show off your artistic talent and meet like-minded colleagues.
The Club was taking part in the Working Together exhibition held in Ilkley’s Winter Garden on 30 April. Organised by Ikley and District U3A and supported by Community Action Bradford and District, it was part of efforts to show the support and positive opportunities available to reduce social isolation and loneliness. The Club stressed that you don’t need expensive equipment or to be a photographic expert to benefit from joining a camera club.
The Club’s stand showcased examples of the work of some of its photographers who achieved awards in Club competitions during 2017-18. The stand attracted much attention with many visitors commenting on the quality of the images and the range of subjects covered. The images were rotated so that members of the public could examine closely some of the photos if they wished.
A good number of visitors took leaflets about the Club. Nine, including a body that advises people on local facilities, gave contact details. They wanted to receive a copy of the programme for next season when finalised. This suggests they have a particularly positive level of interest in joining the Club or helping others to join. The Club described its scheme that allows three visits for free for people who are potential members and want to find out if the Club suits them.
The exhibition was opened by Councillor Stephen Butler, chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, and the event was broadcast in a very loud voice to the public by Town Crier Isabel Ashman in her distinctive blue regalia.