Our History

50 years and still going strong (or stronger, even)...

The club was first formed in 1971 and committee documents stretch back to the first meeting. These will be reproduced in an archive section of this site in the near future. If you were a member (or knew one) in the dim and distant past and can add any detail to this, we would be pleased to hear from you....

The club flourished during the early and mid 1970s, but in 1978 a sharp decline in membership led to consideration briefly being given to merging with Ledbury Camera Club, and even the possibility of disbanding the club. However, the club survived this minor crisis and went on to thrive during the 1980s and 1990s, putting on regular displays and exhibitions of members' work. This situation has continued to the current day with average membership until 8 years ago typically hovering at around the 40 mark. Throughout its long existence the club has always prided itself on the fact that it caters for photographers of all abilities, enabling members to develop their skills and interest in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Beacon Camera Club was formally recognised as a "members' club with charitable status" by HMRC in 2010 and registration as a full charity with the UK Charities Commission happened in April 2019. The club now has 110-or-so members, having grown significantly during the past few years and meets every Thursday at 19:30 at the Vale Community Centre, WR14 1FG

A 50th Anniversary book has been produced (front cover below) which highlights the significant events in the club's history, and also shows some of the pictures whhich have done well in club competitions over the years. Copies of this A4 book are available for £10 if collected or plus £4 for postage. Email webmaster@beaconcameraclub.co.uk if you'd like to purchase one, or ask our membership secretary (Colin Walls) when you turn up to a Thursday night meeting.

We have scanned some of the old club event photos which can be seen here. Please contact us for more info.