Highworth Camera Club was formed in 1982, with the aim of promoting and encouraging photography in all its forms in the town and surrounding area.
Prior to the formation of the club, a course on photography was available at Warneford School as part of evening adult education. When the course ended, the members wanted to remain in contact with each other, so the club was formed. So many years later, and the club continues to grow from strength to strength, averaging between 20 and 40 members at any one time.
Whilst the bulk of the members live in Highworth, there are many from “out of town”, places such as Bampton, Shrivenham, Ashbury, Lechlade, Stratton St Margaret, Liddington and many areas of Swindon. You do not have to live in Highworth.
The club prides itself in providing for photographers of all standards from beginner to accomplished. The membership covers a broad age range, with equipment that ranges from point and shoot cameras, mobile phones through to Mirrorless and DSLR cameras, one member still shoots in Black & White film.
The lock down has encouraged more digital photography, electronically shared as well as use of Facebook.
The annual programme is varied and includes talks by outside speakers or members themselves, practical evenings such as still life or portraiture sessions. There are projected digital shows and competitions and a presentation evening at Christmas.
The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Northview Community Centre, The Dormers, Highworth, SN6 7PQ.
The club enjoys the support of many local businesses in the form of sponsorship for its various competitions. An annual exhibition is held in the Autumn.
Members are usually kept in touch by email as well as the Facebook Page.