More bad news I am afraid.

Members of Grange camera club members will remember Bernard Danks and his wife Daphney. Bernard passed away some time ago and his wife has now followed him. Bernard was our chairman a few years ago. On the day I was informed I was looking at a picture that was taken on one of our trips a few years ago. We had a delightful coach trip to Consal Hall near Leek.

Club trip to Consall Hall.

Front row. I don’t know the name of the driver, (owner of Consall Hall), Maisey in green.
Second row. Daphney (Bernard’s wife), Jean (Derek’s wife). Third Row. Derek (past President), Bernard.

In the background is Andree who is also no longer with us.

Interest in Kamlan 50mm f1.1

Following the interest in Jon’s pictures at Wednesday’s Zoom meeting, he asked me to put some details on our site. The lens is a Kamlan 50mm f1.1 costing around £150. At this price, it is not autofocus. f1.1 lets in a lot of light which makes focussing a little easier.

Jon’s picture taken (with permission) in the Mander centre.

Photo walk

The next Photo Walk will be this Thursday, 17th December.

Bantock Park again to try some low light photography, possibly light trails and light painting.

Meeting in the car park at 2.30 as usual.

A torch, tripod and remote release would be useful but not essential.

All Covid precautions will be observed.

Zoom Meetings and Photo Walk Changes.

Tomorrow’s (7/12/2020) Zoom meeting will be a Committee meeting in preparation for Wednesday’s Interim AGM. This will be an open meeting, so if you want to log in that will be fine.


On Wednesday (9/12/2020) we will hold an Interim AGM to hold us over until we are in the position to hold an actual AGM. Please try to attend on Wednesday.


On Thursday Jon is planning a Photo walk in Wolverhampton and the Mander Centre. The object of this walk is to photograph the Christmas decorations. After discussion, it has been decided that the group will meet outside Caffe Nero at the Queen Square end of Darlington Street (Beaties) at 2pm. Jon is discussing this with the Mander Centre management and will confirm later. At the moment the only condition is that there will be no tripods allowed, the normal Covid precautions will be observed.

Andree Hickey and Mike Maddox

Andree’s funeral.

Leave the house at 11am on Tue 24th November.
The Church is St Andrews in Bilston Street, Sedgley.
The cemetery is Beacon Hill in Dovedale Road where they should be there at noon. Dave Macdonald has been asked to represent the club.

Mike’s funeral.

Monday 30th November at 11.00 a.m. at the URC in the village. Although the number of attendees is limited, Janice asked if I would attend to represent Mike’s friends at Compton G. Obviously I said I would be there.

The collection will be in aid of Compton Care.

Sad news.

It’s with great sorrow that I have to tell the members of the death of two of our members. Eddie lost Andree who passed peacefully early one-morning last week.

Before I had time to tell the members I had a message from Paul today telling me that Mike had also died. We did know that he had been taken to Compton Care and was likely to stay there. His parting came as a shock to me.

Both came out of the blue and they will leave a huge gaping hole in the group. At the same time, Helen lost her father, apart from everything else 2020 is a year to forget. One positive thing is that we all have plenty of photos to help us think of happy times.

I will let you all know any more details as they are known but under the restrictions in place, it is almost certain that we will not be able to attend the funerals. I am sure that Jon will be sending cards but if you want to send a personal one contact me for details.

Time change. Photo Walk Part 2

Following not so nice weather forecasts, it has been decided to change the time and hopefully miss the bad weather.

Our next “Photo Walk” will take place at Bantock Park, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ

on the 29th of October at 2 o’clock.

We will meet in the car park.

It is likely that the Café will be open.

All Covid precautions will be observed. Ensure you have a mask available.

Hope to see you there. Any alterations will be published here and on the Facebook page.

Possible Site Problems.

Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that Facebook and Instagram embeds in WordPress will stop working on October 24th.

If you have ever embedded FB or IG content in your blog posts, then you need to implement the fix ASAP.

Because these features will stop working in 7 days from now.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends and sharing the news in your network.

Cheers, 
Syed Balkhi
Founder of WPBeginner

I received this a few minutes ago. I don’t think it will effect us, if you have a problem with the site let me know and I will sort it out (try to – must be positive).

“Autumn Leaves” Photo Walk

Our next “Photo Walk” will take place at Bantock Park, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ

15th of October at 11 o’clock.

We will meet in the car park as last time.

It is likely that the Café will be open. If I know otherwise I will correct this post.

All Covid precautions will be observed. Ensure you have a mask available.

Hope to see you there.