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Newsletter #86 Friday 5th November 2021

Editor - Derek Godridge with Guest Author Karen Burton

PCC News of the Week by Derek and Karen:

At the last Cornwall Photographic Alliance meeting all CPA Reps were asked to promote the upcoming Wildlife and Nature Results Show on Saturday 20th November at 7.30pm . As you may know a lot of effort goes into pulling the images together, getting them judged remotely by knowledgeable judges and then creating a show for Zoom. Even if you haven’t entered any images yourself I am sure many of you will be thoroughly entertained by the standard of photography as we have some truly Internationally ranked wildlifephotographers in the county. At only £4 it represents a bargain and the Zoom link is here:

News from Karen

What a busy week folks! We have been truly lucky at both events being able to enjoy ourselves in the autumn sunshine. It was great to welcome our new members Jan accompanied by his wife on both trips.

Purdey’s made us very welcome, I think you will agree. A beautiful old farm house set in huge grounds. We were very fortunate to have managed to book for the last day of Lynn and Tim’s season.

The cream tea was delicious, 2 warm handmade fresh scones with lashings of cream and jam, served beautifully on a tray with china cups and saucers. We had a great turnout and lots of laughter to be heard all around. My husband got stuck in the mud but the boys (Raymond, Victor, Derek) came to the rescue. It would have made a great photo!! Anyone capture it? Later, Raymond nearly drove off without Wendy! So it was all fun and games as usual! A few went for a little stroll afterwards down the lane to the lake. It was very pretty - definitely worth a visit when they re-open next season.

Cream tea

Cream tea 2

Wheal Martyn

Well done everyone for getting to Wheal Martyn despite the road closure and not very well sign posted diversion! It was certainly worth going round in circles to get there.

We had a great chap called Tim who took us on a hour and half tour around the site. We started off through the very well stocked shop and had to stop ourselves from buying the shop up before we had even started! There is a really interesting museum all about the development of the Wheal Martyn in the 1820’s by Elias Martyn. It is amazing how many by- products we use today in a wide variety of uses like porcelain, Kaolin, Mica, beauty products, paper and paint manufacturing etc.

Wheal Martyn 1

We walked through following the historic trail, past a Gigantic 35ft Water wheel. There was lots of machinery and pumps and various equipment along the way. Carol you did brilliantly getting round up the hills and through the tunnels, great work out eh!

We walked through beautiful woodlands and the weather made it so enjoyable. The array of autumnal colours along the trail was beautiful, so many gorgeous trees and fallen leaves. I’m sure we all got some great photos!

Wheal Martyn 2

Tim took us through a long tunnel up to the Clay pits and then - Wow what a sight to see!

It is such a vast area. You must give it a visit, you will not be disappointed I can assure you. It was on the way back Ash, our youngest and newest member who is working towards The Duke of Edinburgh award discovered some fantastic treasure! Some Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and some other interesting pieces. Lucky girl! Glad you could join us!

Ash doing her thing

We arrived back after a very interesting trail to a delightful lunch in the charming café adorned with fabulous art pieces to purchase. In conclusion it was a great day out. We managed to get a yearly pass included in our ticket so it will definitely be a place to return to and take in a bit more. There is so much to see there and I enjoyed the trip very much so thank you everyone for your support.

Please let me know if you have any ideas for future trips next year. Meetings

  1. At last night’s meeting Claire Dougal’s showed us some of her images she had taken over the last few years and explained the journey she has been on which has led her to Penryn CC ! It was a well supported meeting and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by one and all.

  2. Next week 11th Nov, with a minor programme change, will be a talk by Mark Walker on his portraiture where he will be using a model to explain the basics of lighting and posing along with his own personal approach to his work.


  1. Don’t forget only PAID-UP members can enter our competitions - speak with Christine Hamshaw to pay.

  2. The next FUN competition is Mandy’s “lucky Dip” with the hand-in on Thursday 25th November and the judging on 2nd and 9th December

  3. The next CPA competition is the Charles Hosken digital open Competition with a hand- in date of 16th December. You can submit up to 4 images at 50p each and enter any image so long as it hasn’t been previously entered in previous years.

  4. The KF2 competition for January 2022 will be a set subject “Simplicity” so get your thinking caps on!

Diary Dates


  • Thursday 11th November – Talk by our ex-chairperson Mark Walker

  • Thursday 18th November – KF1 Show and Results with Judge Mike Halsey

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

• Saturday 20th November – Nature and Wildlife Competition, Zoom meeting £4 tickets will be available via Zoom and the Eventbrite hub below.

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • Saturday 13th November 2021 - WCPF Zoom Meeting

  • Kingswood Salver Judging at 10.30am followed by 2.00 pm Zoom Afternoon Lecture Talk by Ross McKelvey MFIAP MPAGB FBPE FIPF EFIAP/p

  • Zoom link to follow.

Cheers for now Derek & Karen


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