The Earl Shilton Camera Club meets every Wednesday (September through to May, breaking for Christmas and Easter) at the Earl Shilton Constitutional Club 75, Station Rd, Earl Shilton LE9 7GT.
We start the meeting at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. We break half way through the evening for refreshments which can be purchased from the Club bar.
As a guest or prospective new member, you are entitled to visit the club on two separate or consecutive occasions. On your third visit, we will ask you to join the Earl Shilton Camera Club. The subscription from September/October is £45 for the year ending in May. From November onwards the cost is on a pro-rota basis. This allows you to attend all the meetings, enter all the club competitions, enter the MCPF and PAGB competitions and be covered by camera club insurance on club outings. You will receive a club handbook and membership card on joining. All we ask is for you to fill out a form with your contact details which is kept confidentially by the Committee and not shared with anyone outside of the Committee.
The club was founded in 1975 by Neville Jackson who had been teaching photography in the area. When funding for the course ended he and the group continued to meet and the club was formed.
The club ran on an informal basis until 1978 when elected officials were appointed for the first time. This also coincided with the club’s move to a room in the local school.
The club moved back to its original home at the Cedars in 1982 where it remained for the following 20 years. During this time it maintained a core of dedicated members. When the Cedars closed the club moved back to the local school, until 2011 when it moved to the George Ward Centre, Barwell. In 2016 it moved again back to Earl Shilton and took up residence at the Earl Shilton Constitutional Club.
The dawn of the digital age provided the club with a boost in membership as more people renewed their interest in photography.
Today the club has a healthy membership of old and new members. Neville Jackson unfortunately passed away on 28th July 2019 at the age of 88 but he is still remembered by the club that he formed with the annual ‘Image of the Year’ competition bearing his name.