BACUP CAMERA CLUB
MEMBERS of Bacup Camera Club were recently greatly entertained and intrigued by a presentation on the archive of photographs by father and son Walley and Howard Talbot of Blackburn.
They had worked as freelance newspaper photographers between the 1930s and 1990s, capturing key moments in Blackburn’s social, economic and sporting history.
Richard Peregrine and Peter Graham from the University Centre of Blackburn College have been overseeing a massive project to scan, catalogue and research around 48,000 negatives.
They are about half way through this immense task to preserve in digital form this unique collection of images of a rapidly changing town.
Many of the earlier photographs were taken with a heavy and cumbersome 5x4 inch plate glass camera.
The images the Talbots captured showed an extraordinary level of dedication and technical expertise that deserve to be enjoyed for many years to come, by anyone interested in how east Lancashire has changed. The club’s Winter exhibition of members’ photographs is currently on display in Bacup Library during normal opening hours until early January.
Entry is free and is open during normal library opening hours.
Club chairman Dave Greenwood said, “We are very grateful to Bacup Library for allowing us to mount our winter exhibition in their premises.
“I urge people to come along and see what we can do, and even join us. New members interested in photography are always very welcome.”
The club welcomes new members of all abilities or experience – just a passion for capturing good images is required.
The club meets every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Dale Street, Bacup.
For more information visit www. bacupcameraclub.org.uk.
CENTRAL METHODIST LADIES FELLOWSHIP
A VERY popular speaker, Richard Hall, brought an early Christmas feeling to the meeting of Central Methodist Ladies on Tuesday.
His polished and well presented talk was ‘Seasons Greetings’ which was a musical mixture of carols, and songs relating to the festive season.
Before each piece was heard, Richard gave details, and information about it which made it very interesting.
Various choirs sang well known carols, and there were popular songs sung by Guy Lombardo, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, each made more enjoyable by finding out the background of the artists performing, and the music itself.
The ladies sang along to the music, and were told they didn’t need to stand up, as Richard ended his evening with the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah - a rousing finale to a pleasant evening. There are no further meetings until the beginning of February, but the ladies are ending this year’s season with their annual Christmas lunch on Thursday.
RAMSBOTTOM RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY
MEMBER Jean Bonner, in introducing her programme I Have a Dream, explained the dream was to be able to sing, saying she was a truly appalling singer and posed the question – So what am I going to sing? Starting at the beginning and as a member of a choir we heard: Cwm Rhondda, Myfanwy, We Had A Real Nice Clambake and Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.
There are of course church choirs and Jean would like to sing For the Beauty of the Earth, by John Rutter.
No doubt becoming a more experienced singer it would be possible to become a soloist.
From contemporary song, we heard: Edith Piaf - Non je ne regrette rien, Elkie Brooks – Sunshine after the Rain, Diana Ross – Theme from Mahogany, Annie Lennox – A Whiter Shade of Pale and Katie Mellua – I Cried for You.
Jean would like to emulate her favourite singer - Lesley Garrett who was heard in: Baïlèro (Songs of Auvergne), If I Loved You (Carousel) and the Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana).
Jean admitted she had lied! – it was not just to be a singer but also a pianist.
And as such would like to be able to play the concertos of Greig and the Rachmaninov 2nd.
The first and second movements respectively of these had been chosen.
To bring an informative, delightful and charming evening to a conclusion the two strands of song and piano were brought together in the Piano Man sung by Billy Joel.
The next meeting of the Society will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, when member Elizabeth Holiday will present Yet Another Anniversary.
For further details visit Facebook, contact Richard W Hall on 01706 823 490 or by e-mail [email protected]mail.co.uk.
MOVING towards the end of the year, the weather begins to be more of an issue, so our walkers must carefully choose what to wear.
They do say that there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing, as many of us have found to our cost!
So on Wednesday, November 28, 25 ramblers had a fairly warm, windy, and sometimes wet 11-mile walk from Barrowford, taking in the summit of Weets Hill, and meeting some lovely alpacas along the way. Coming up, on Sunday, December 9 we have a 10-mile walk from Whalley, with the interesting title of ‘The environs of Read’.
It should be pleasantly scenic and relatively gentle, so please ring the nominated leader (on our website) if you fancy giving us a try.
Finally, on Wednesday, December 12 we have another local 10-miler, this time starting from Towneley Park.
We will amble around Hurstwood, Cant Clough Reservoir, and Holme Chapel (not Holmes Chapel – that would be a step too far).
Hope to see you there.
Further details about our upcoming walks can be found in the Latest News area of our website at www.rossendaleramblers.co.uk, or you can contact us via secretary Glyn on 01706 561042, or at email [email protected]
The Queen’s visit to Blackburn in 1955
●● Alpacas near Weets Hill
Bacup Camera Club’s Winter exhibition at Bacup Library