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Club Report - Opening Night Of The New Season

Marjorie Burge writes:

An exciting first evening of our new season with everyone meeting up again after the summer break. The evening opened with a special surprise for Neville Marsh and Mick Gilburt when Councillor George Koowaree the Mayor of Ashford, and Gloria Champion the Deputy Mayoress, presented them with a cricket bat signed by all the Kent players commemorating 50 years of membership at APS, and Sue produced a celebration cake (made by her daughter Emma).  Neville has been on the committee right from the start, taking on different roles over the years and is now our President, and Mick has always been there by his side to help especially at the end of the evening when everything has to be tidied up before we can go home. I can remember Mick fine-tuning the projector in the good old days when we had slides.  Both Neville and Mick regularly attend the Kent matches and are well known for their award winning cricket photography. Fifty years of Friday nights and they are still enjoying themselves.

Once we had all signed in and received our programmes for the coming season, Katrina Devenport LRPS DPAGB and George Pearson DPAGB gave us an insight into their photography. Katrina has a special love for Yorkshire and showed us patterns in the snow on the hills and fields. Closer to home she had been to Brogdale and Saltwood capturing blossom, cowslips, orchids, and perfecting her images in camera without resort to Photoshop. George had travelled the world and had some wonderful images, rising early and walking for miles to find them, visiting wonderful rock formations in the States, and lonely derelict buildings in out of the way places.   The majority were from his trip to the Arctic where he made friends (from a distance) with a particular polar bear and some gigantic walruses, all amid stunning blue ice. It is always good to see images that are taken for pleasure rather than always with a competition in mind and both Katrina and George kept us entertained until it was time to go home.

The following are photographs of the evening, taken by Martin Till.