The Forest of Dean Camera Club

The Forest of Dean Camera Club started life as The Cinderford Camera Club, formed in October 1944 when a group of photographers decided to meet regularly in the old Mining and Technical School in Cinderford in Gloucestershire, under the presidency of Mr W J George, headmaster of the local school. 1946 saw the inaugural meeting of the Lydney Camera Club at the Lydney Art School premises.

Eventually in 1958 the two clubs combined with meetings held in Steam Mills and the name of the club changed to the current title: The Forest of Dean Camera Club.

For many years an annual exhibition of prints and slides was held on the occasion of the annual dinner held at The Feathers Hotel in Lydney. This developed until the first public exhibition was held in the Church Room, Lydney in 1969 continuing in various public venues until 1995.

The Club

The Forest of Dean Camera Club now meets at Viney Hill St. Swithins Sports and Social Club which has recently been refurbished with modern facilities including 2 large rooms, a large car park, and a licensed bar.

Events are held on Mondays from 7.15pm to 9.30pm throughout the winter months (September to May) and we arrange to meet up at The Rising Sun Pub, Moseley Green on the second Monday evening of each summer month with other photographic events planned throughout that season.

Our members come from all areas of the Forest of Dean, are a variety of ages and hold a number of different photographic interests.

The Forest of Dean Camera Club is for anyone interested in photography, regardless of level, equipment, experience and/or age. We are a friendly group of people who share the simple goal of wanting to take better photos, and enjoy the process whilst socialising with like-minded people.

Visitors are welcome at any time, but membership will help you develop your photographic and printing skills, and encourage and help you to enter competitions and exhibitions both locally and nationally.

For more information about our activities, or our programme, or our location please Contact us.