Tetbury and District U3A - Photography Notepad

Updated 17th March 2020

This page has been set up to help share information about the Tetbury and District U3A Photography Group with its members. Click on the link below to go to the main district website (new page).

Tetbury and District U3A Website

This is a single page that will be updated as source of the latest information for group members, especially concerning meetings and trips out. It will not contain any personal details.

In common with the other U3A Groups, communications is a bit of a problem. To plan the meetings we need to know who will be attending so please reply to emails as soon as you receive them, and keep an eye on this page.


CORONAVIRUS. DUE TO THE REAL RISKS THAT THIS POSES AND LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE, ALL MEETINGS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL WE ARE GIVEN THE 'ALL CLEAR' FROM GOVERNMENT. A number of on-line possibilities are being explored to keep us all occupied - more later.


Meeting at the Railway Carriage, 29th Jan 2020
Another enjoyable meeting, this time covering the 2020 Program, entering competitions and composing images.

Feedback over the last few months and at the review indicated that we are doing what we agreed we would - be enjoyable, build camera skills and go out and take photos. Discussion confirmed that the group wants to get out and shoot (rather than stay in, chat, and look at images). The approximate program for 2020 is below; however this may change as the year progresses. We have lots more things we could do but agreed that holding monthly meetings was about right.

The group then discussed competitions and composition - for more information follow links below.


Photo Session at Arnos Vale Cemetary, 26th Feb 2020
Despite the recent dire weather, the day was nice - cold, clear and dry with quite a bit of blue sky. 6 of us managed to make it in 2 cars and we spent 2 hours wandering around the victorian graveyard; this provided many opportunities for creative shots and an ideal location to hone camera skills with each other's help. This was followed by a coffee in the excelent coffee shop on site (strange but true - they hold weddings on site as well) and everyone said that it had been a good trip with a couple of people saying they would be returning.


2020 Program - SUSPENDED

The approximate program for 2020 is below - this may change as the year progresses.

Wed 25th March - Sharpness Docks. This will be led by Chris as Steve is away. Watch for emails.

Wed 29th April - Talk - Saving and Editing Photos - bring 6 of your all time best photos to discuss, and photos from Arnos Vale and Sharpness.

Wed 27th May - Purton Boat Graveyard

Wed 24th June - Clevedon Pier

Wed 29th July - Review of Group, Art (Sue Townsend)

Wed 26th August - Uley Long Barrow and Coaley Viewpoint

Wed 30th September - Castle Combe Village

Around 5th November - Firework Photography

Wed 25th Nov - Talk - Astrophotography

Wed 16th December - Something Christmassy

As well as the visits above there were a number of other suggestions... The Big Pit, Wales; Cotwold Airport and plane dismantling area; Bristol Docks; The Bristol Baloon Festival; Avebury stone circle; Slimbridge; Colesbourne or Painswick {Snowdrops); Westonbirt; Sopworth classic car show; Prescott hill climb; NEC Camera Show.

Also requested were sessions on portaiture and file management, a competition within the group and a competition with Malmesbury U3A, as was a rerun of the Know Your Camera session for those who could not make it last time (Steve will try and set this up in March). All agreed that they will help each other improve their skills by providing mutual support during trips out.

Offers of assistance were made by members of the group (thanks!). Steve will ask people to set up the events during the year - more later.

Useful Information

How To Enter Competitions

About Composition

Organising Trips Out