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Newsletter NL168 – Wednesday 2nd August 2023

Editor - Derek Godridge and the team:

Important PCC Club Meeting!

Just to remind members that if you want to display your prints at Fair Day on Saturday 26th August, you need to bring up to 4 prints to the club TOMORROW 3rd August at 7.30pm. Please ensure they have your club number and title on the BACK of the print, and please also note that we do offer prints for sale if you don’t want to sell any just let us know.

We will also be updating you on membership issues and handing out the new 2023-24 Season’s Programme along with FREE pre-loaded Pen Drives containing competition folders, competition rules etc.


Some of you may remember back in the Summer (haha) when club members were kindly hosted by The Fire Brigade, well they would LOVE to have some of our photos for their social notice board as it all helps to show their interactions with the local community so if you have any please send them to Paul.

PCC Social News this week from Carol Coward:

More From our recent trip to Screech Owl Sanctuary –

The Day of the Raptors!

Well! We were off to the Screech Owl Sanctuary near Indian Queens! What a great day it was too. Cameras at the ready as Keeper Kai took us down to the lake and showed us, first a Tawny Owl and then second a lovely Barn Owl!

Barn Owl

Barn Owls have always been my favourite, second the Snowy Owl and then the Great Grey Owl - all gorgeous birds and all very much alike to look at!

Derek kindly gave us some advice and we were away, clicking like crazy! Paul was even sitting on the ground to get a different viewpoint. When Kai took the Barn Owl out of its box, I got up again and took a few more pictures! This was when I discovered that my camera was playing up (Again!) It’s really being a pain! Oh well, maybe a new one is on the horizon!

After we finished down by the lake we strolled up to a ‘wild’ area and took some more pictures of the Barn Owl in a more natural location. We were then free to go wherever we wanted and we all walked up to the area of the Owl Flying Display. Our member Alison got to hold one of the owls called Bob and we all took pictures! Of course - what else would we have been doing?? The Owls all behaved and flew beautifully for us. Of course they had a treat every time!!

From there we all wandered around, clicking here and there, but time was going far too fast and it was soon lunchtime! We all queued up in the café. Oh boy - the queue took forever and Chris Saint said that it took half an hour to get our lunch! Chris Hamshaw, Ali and I all had the savoury Cheese cream tea which was not the best choice. After lunch we strolled around again and ended up down by the lake and the fox enclosure. One of the keepers was in there with three visitors and the fox was playing with them, biting their fingers too! It’s only just over twelve months old and is a real cutie.

Apart from the Owls there are also raccoons, meerkats, storks, a buzzard, Stinky Pete the stoat, a wallaby, lemurs, a kestrel, three alpacas and a couple of goats! The goats have got huge horns! Wouldn’t like to argue with them!!

Ali collected a few feathers as we strolled along and then asked one of the keepers if he had any. He told her to speak to Cai and he kindly gave her a few more. Once the flying display was finished the three of us all held Merryn – an Eagle Owl! She was beautiful!

an Eagle Owl!

I’m sure you all agree that the Owls are beautiful and Screech Owl Sanctuary is well worth a visit! We all enjoyed it!

Image Credits: Carol Coward The Owls at Screech Owl Sanctuary

Stithians Bonus Shot: Eve recently realized she had grabbed a great shot of a deer foal during the recent member’s visit to Stithians Lake and wanted to share it with us.

Eve Govier – Deer Foal at Stithians

PCC Meetings Pre-Season Informative Meeting Thursday 3rd August – details above • In the meantime the 2023-24 Programme is on our website.

PCC Social Events

  • Summer Events programme is ongoing so Don’t forget to “Car-Share” if you can!

  • Last chance to let Karen know if you want to go on the Tall Ships Harbour Cruise Thursday 17th August 7.15pmor 7.45pm with Cornish Pleasure Cruises leaving from Custom House Quay - £13.50 pp

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

  • CPA Nature and Wildlife Venue is @ The Keay Theatre, (Cornwall College) St Austell. Mid-November – date TBC o Hand-in 3rd September to me to allow for checking and submission to CPA. o 6 Digital Projected Images allowed of YOUR choice o Note that wildlife really has to be the “Wild & Free” generic definition o Rules can be found here http://www.cornwall-photographic-

  • CPA Charles Hosken Competition @ The Keay Theatre, (Cornwall College) St Austell. Show is Feb 2024 – Date TBC o Hand-In 8th January o Rules can be found here http://www.cornwall-photographic-

  • CPA Inter-Club Competition and Exhibition @ The Keay Theatre, (Cornwall College) St Austell. May 2024 – Date TBC o Hand-in 3rd April to allow for checking and submission to CPA. o Rules on the website http://www.cornwall-photographic-

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • 2023 Kingswood Salver - Saturday 11th November 2023 Judging and Talk LIVE at Bovey Tracey Golf Centre, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9NF 10.30 am for 11.00 am Start – Talk 2.00 pm - Close 4.00 pm o Awards for Best Panels & Best Individual Prints o Closing Date – Hand in Prints at AGM Saturday 7th October 2023

  • DPIC & Print Competition Open for Entries 1/12/2023 TBC

  • Members Exhibition Open for Entries 6/1/2024 TBC

  • Print Competition Close for Entries 8/1/2024 TBC

  • DPIC Competition Closing date for Entries 14/1/2024 TBC

  • DPIC & Print Competition 24/2/2024 TBC

  • Knightshayes Trophy Closing date for Entries 24/2/2024 TBC

  • Council Meeting & Knightshayes Trophy 9/3/2024 TBC

  • Members Exhibition Closing date for Entries 9/3/2024 TBC

Other Events

  • This Saturday 5th August - Falmouth Carnival's Bouncy castle fun day 12 till 7pm at Falmouth Rugby Ground – 15 different bouncy castles to choose from !! Carnival Parade starts at 6.30pm with Falmouth Marching Band and all the usual suspects ! Details at

Bodmin Camera Club Free Event

All the best from Derek, Carol, Eve, Karen and the team !



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