On Thursday, 18th April the annual club photoshoot took place at Newhailes House & Gardens, just to the west of Musselburgh. Fortunately, the Easter egg hunt scheduled to start on the Friday had not altered our plans and the estate was open as usual. The estate contains some woodland paths where there were glades full of bluebells, anemones and flowering garlic. Some of the flowers were protected behind a fence, but still accessible with a long lens. There were views of Newhailes House through the trees (left) and architectural focal points along the paths. Towards the end of the evening we photographed the setting sun reflected in one of the windows (right).
If anyone captured some good images on the estate, please email them to Newhailes@nts.org.uk. The National Trust are always interested in new and interesting images taken at their properties.
The next event due to take place at Newhailes is a 1745 Battle Reenactment on 25-26th May 2019. This could be another good photographic opportunity.
The next meeting at Fisherrow will be our club AGM at 19:30 on Thursday, 25th April 2019. There will be some unexpected surprises! Please come along, have a say in how your club is run and join in the fun. Refreshments will be served and trophies will be presented to the competition winners.
I have discovered there is an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at Newhailes Estate this weekend. Click here for details. The event happens from Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April from 10am until closing time. Our photoshoot on Thursday is sufficiently close to the event that it might be affected (I wonder exactly when they need to close the estate to hide the Easter eggs).
We’ll need to play it by ear. If the gates are locked at 7pm I suggest we go around the north side of the estate, park near the Shell Garage on Edinburgh Road and have a photoshoot along the beach. Fingers crossed…
This Thursday there will be no meeting at Fisherrow. We will be meeting at 7pm in the car park at Newhailes House & Gardens, just to the west of Musselburgh. The house, cafe and playpark will be closed at 7pm, so we will be restricted just to walking around the estate. There is a £3 charge if you take your car onto the estate. The Newhailes House web site says “Please note that our car park opening hours will vary in 2018/19 due to our ongoing restoration project“. If the car park is closed by the restoration work, we might need to park nearby and walk onto the estate. Mike Clark is our local expert on the area.
Click below for some maps.
Newhailes Estate Google Map
Apologies for the late notice, but the Borders Digital Challenge competition takes place this Sunday, 17th March 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at the Tower Mill Cinema, 2 Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE. The event is being hosted by Hawick Camera Club. The Tower Mill Cinema is part of the Heart of Hawick, and there is a cafe on site. Musselburgh Camera Club won this competition last year. Can we do it again?
Click here for information on the venue.
Click here for a map and directions.
This coming Thursday, 6th December 2018, there will no meeting at Fisherrow. Instead we will be travelling to Beeslack Penuick Camera club to see a presentation by wildlife photographer Dean Bricknell. This is a shared meeting between Beeslack and Musselburgh. No tickets are needed, and all members are invited to attend. The presentation starts at 7:30pm.
Those who travelled to the 4-way competition on 1st November will remember the directions, but here they are again. Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club meets at
Beeslack Community High School
Click the above address for a map and directions to the school. The image below shows where we are meeting. If you are approaching from the Edinburgh direction on the A701, turn left when you see the small sign to Beeslack High School on the right hand side of the road. Follow the yellow route shown to the car park around the back of the school, then follow the dotted path to the school entrance. The meeting will be taking place somewhere within the building marked with the “X”.
As before, George Todd is willing to pick up members who would like a lift from Western Musselburgh. Please email George (address on the front of the syllabus) and give him your contact phone number if you would like a lift. I will be glad to give a lift to anyone who lives on the Eastern side of Musselburgh, near Wallyford. Please email me (Steven Beard, address also on the front of the syllabus) if you would like a lift. We both have limited space, so it will be first come first served.
I look forward to seeing you all in Penicuik again.
Here is some information for MCC members intending to visit the Big Picture Scotland Event at the Royal College of Physicians on Saturday 24th November 2018. For information of those attending I have added a link below to the Big Picture website and the RCPE website showing the layout of the venue which is at EH2 1JQ in Queen Street. It’s between Hanover Street and North St David’s Street.
The lecture theatre is very steep but, if you’re late, access can be had to the top row by stairs outside the doors of the lecture theatre, as well as stairs inside.
There are a few tickets left at £12 contact email@example.com
See you Thursday
There were so many announcements to make this evening that I forgot two important ones.
- Steve WIlliams has booked a table at the Ravelston House Hotel in Musselburgh for our Christmas Social Evening on Thursday, 20th December 2018. We can add a few more places to the table. If you would like to come, and can pay a £10 deposit, please contact Steve at the email address shown on the front of the syllabus.
- Next Thursday, 22nd November is the submission date for the Black and White print competition. It’s time to mount your prints and bring them along next week. Don’t forget to email 3 JPEG copies of your prints to George Todd as well.
The next 4-way competition takes place on Monday, 19th November 2018 at Kirkcaldy Photographic Society. The competition will take place at
Hayfield Community Centre,
Click the address for a map. The centre can be reached by taking the A92 to Kirkcaldy and taking the A910 exit, following Chapel Level, turning right at Hendry Road and then left at Hayfield Road. The community centre can be hard to spot from this direction (the sign post is on the far side), so watch out for Poplar Crescent on your right hand side. You can park on Poplar Crescent. Best of luck to Musselburgh!
Due to illness, I missed last Thursday’s 4-way competition At Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club. I wish I could have been there, as I have heard through the grapevine that we achieved first place, with Beeslack a close second and Midlothian and Galashiels in joint 3rd place! Well done everybody! I’ll post the scores when I know them.
There will not be a meeting in Fisherrow this week. On 8th November, club members will be travelling to Penicuik North Church for An Evening with Andy Rouse, starting at 7:30pm. I hope those who needed tickets managed to obtain them from Dougie Allen last week. However, we have been informed that there are some tickets still available. If we are lucky, some tickets might still be available at the door. The full address of the venue is:
Penicuik North Church, 93 John Street, Penicuik. EH26 8AG
Click on the address for more information and directions (see the “Find Us” map at the bottom of the page). Penicuik North Church is a little further along the A701 than Beeslack High School. There isn’t a car park at the church, so you will need to allow a little more time to find on-street parking. I hope the same people who gave members lifts to Penicuik last week will be able to do so again this week.
This week I hope I really will see you there.
This coming Thursday, 1st November 2018, there will no meeting at Fisherrow. The club will instead be visiting Beeslack Penuick Camera club and competing with them, Midlothian Camera Club and Galashiels Camera Club in the first 4-way inter-club competition of the season. Come along a cheer on your club.
Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club meets at
Beeslack Community High School
Click the above address for a map and directions to the school. The image below shows where we are meeting. If you are approaching from the Edinburgh direction on the A701, turn left when you see the small sign to Beeslack High School on the right hand side of the road. Follow the yellow route shown to the car park around the back of the school, then follow the dotted path to the school entrance. The competition will be taking place somewhere within the building marked with the “X”.
George Todd is willing to pick up members who would like a lift from Musselburgh. Please email George (address on the front of the syllabus) and give him your contact phone number if you would like a lift. George has limited space, so it will be first come first served.
I look forward to seeing you all in Penicuik. Best of luck to Musselburgh!
- On 8th November, those of us with tickets will be travelling to Penicuik North Church for An Evening with Andy Rouse. The tickets have been on sale to the public for a while now, but if you don’t have a ticket and are interested in joining us contact Dougie Allen at the address shown in this poster. Click here for the poster. There might still be tickets available if you are lucky. Failing that, you could talk to Dougie in person at the 4-way competition this week.
At the AGM we referred to the post made a year ago which clarified the club’s insurance coverage under SPF policy. To save members having to delve back through the archives, here is a link to that original message:
If you are arranging a group trip on behalf of the club (i.e. a trip where all club members are invited), please contact the SPF General Secretary or the SPF Treasurer, as described in the original message.