This Page contains Photographs taken during Group activities in 2015
The Craft Group at their August Meeting
Out and About Group
The following photographs were taken by Alan Cross.
Spon Street Coventry Waiting outside Museum
Three Watch Maskers Cottages are being restored As it looked in the early 20th century
There were 180 residents in the Court with by 3 "Toilets" to share between them.
The living Room of one of the cottages as it is now and a picture of when it was occupied.
One of our guides dressed as Master Watch Maker would have been and some of the exhibits.
14th May 2015 on a rather wet day 35 members enjoyed acoach excursion to Bath and most also took part of a guided walking tour, seeing the highlights and learning about the history of the city and some of its famous residents.
Members inside the Assembly Rooms on the tour.
The Famous Crescent
The weir on the River Avon
Sally Lunn's House and Bakery most members bought home a famous Sally Lunn Bun
Thursday 4th June only four members joined the tour of Newman Bros. in Birmingham., Despite the products mafe the tour gave an insight into the working methods and conditions of the works. Newman Bros produced coffin furniture , handles, name plates screw etc continuously from 1882 until it closed in 1998. All the machinery and equipment is in full working order, just as the doors were closed in 1998.
On July 2nd 2015 26 members shared cars and drove to Loughborough for a tour of John Taylor Bell Foundry. The largest, oldest, and one of only two Bell foundries left in Britain.
To comply with a request of the Foundry management the remaining Photographs of the Bell Foundry are protected and only visible to Balsall Common U3A Members. You will be asked for your usual Username and Password.
Thursday 6th August 20 members undertook a guided walk around the old part of Kenilworth.
The walk was led by Jan Cooper Chairman of Kenilworth Historical and Archaeological Society.
The walk started at the Gatehouse of the Abbey of St Mary. Some of the remains are still visible in Abbey Fields.
After having the Abbey and its significance to medieval England explained the group moved towards Castle Hill
Passing the Queen and Castle towards Castle Green where the group where told about the stone buiding within a row of cottages that is thought to be an original Chapel.
Jan Cooper explaining the history of this letter box
Thursday Morning 1st October the Out and About group literally went to the Dogs. They spent 2.5 hours at the Holly Lane facility. First listened to a presentation about the West Midlands Police Dogs division. This was followed by a tour of the site seeing dogs and puppies. Finally the group watched some of the dogs being trained.
The Following Photographs were take by Iain Roxburgh
The following were taken by Len Tomnie
The following were taken by Roy Hands
The following Photographs were take by Nigel Briggs
The next set were take by John Bolt
The next set are credited to Roderick Hatton
The final set are credited to Jim Melville
The following were included in that exhibition
Jim Melville - North Parade Southwold
Jim Melvile - Misty Morning on the Danube Len Tomnie - Cottages at Alcester
Richard Daymond - Merkat at Tywcross Zoo Richard Daymond - Warwick Castle
John Bolt - Oranges
The first set of images was taken by John Bolt
The following 5 photographs were taken by Iain Roxburgh
Ambulance on the scene Determination
Over the Last Fence
Flying to the finish Collecting the winnings
The next set of 6 photographs were taken by Ken Bone
This set taken by Len Tomnie
The next 5 Photographs were taken by Richard Daymond
The Comments below each print are those of the Judge.
Dead End – Iain Roxburgh Good use of colour. Monochrome picture with graffiti in colour. Winner
In the Round – Iain Roxburgh
Tells a story. Child enjoying herself, Bright highlights. Should have cropped. Child positioned well. Second place
Balsall Rocks – Bill Fine
Good picture. Good colours and good detail. White area not good – should crop out. Third place
Forest of Arden Ploughing Match – Roy Hands
Good record. Looks static. Horses don’t look as if they are moving. Highly commended
First Boat Out – Trevor Doyle
Good composition. (Sky would have spoilt the picture.) Boat leads to island and duck. Good use of triangular arrangement. Trees are silhouetted. Commended
Jim Melville - Forth Bridge Roy Hands
Jim Melville - Pittenweem
Len Tomnie - Susan Len Tomnie - Old Rockers
John Bolt - Hungarian Parliament John Bolt - Tiger
Peter Calver - Monarch Butterfly Richard Daymond - Dunes from the Air
At the August 2015 Meeting the Photography Group members again had the opportunity to have their work "Judged" by an external Judge David Venables. The following prints were in David's Eye the best PDI's displayed.
Wasting No Time - Iain Roxburgh
Dune 45 from the Air - Richard Daymond
Dried Hydrangea - Trevor Doyle
February 3rd with a light covering of snow and a temperature of 0 degrees 23 intrepid members embarked on a 5 mile walk from Offchurch to Newbold Comyn and return. The walk was led by Barabara and Phil Hammond.