Croydon Camera Club
Croydon Camera Club

Croydon Camera Club History: 1890-2000

1940: Bombed !
No Petrol. No Outings. No Exhibition.

In a further return to normality the resumption of outings was proposed, but it was decided to forgo them for two years due to the shortage of petrol and the difficulties and dangers of taking photographs under the present Restriction Orders. The Annual Exhibition was cancelled.

So meetings were resumed as from 28th February on a Wednesday and the remainder of the sessions continued to the end of May when the Summer Programme commenced. Members had talks by Archie Handford, a cine session, a lantern lecture on "The Training of Falcons and Hawks for Hunting", Infra Red Photography and a talk by the President on Ilford's new enlarging paper "Multigrade".

The Wrattens are back

I. D. Wratten, grandson of founder member S. H. Wratten was elected to membership on 13th March. Having decided to resume a formal programme, the Club had to reconsider its tenure of The Studio where the six months notice of termination expired on 29th March. "Spacky" stated he would not accept the club offer of 10/-d per week and required 16/-d to be paid monthly. The President stated he had been to see eight rooms locally but none was suitable and it was agreed to accept the terms offered but appoint a sub-committee to look for alternative accommodation.

It is recorded on 1st May "An unusual evening with members bringing cameras for a portrait evening with a young lady model. About 150 exposures were made and the value of the cameras brought in must have been about £250". A single entry at a Council meeting on 8th May admits to membership Mr Edwin Appleton, today an Honorary Member of the Club and also President of Sutton CC, and as current Vice President of the RPS, looks destined to become the second member in Club history to become President of the Royal Photographic Society.

A request from Durbin and McBride in North End, Croydon, to supply a lanternist to give a lecture at Kenley Aerodrome was accepted at a fee of 1 gn to be split between the Club and the lanternist R. A. W. Y. Stevenson.

The Battle of Britain; Club bombed

The Summer session of conversational meetings continued every Wednesday with mounting anxiety as the evacuation of Dunkirk and fall of Northern France to the Germans increased the risk of air raids with the ""Battle of Britain" raging through the summer. Inevitably the war came home with The Studio being damaged by a bomb exploding nearby in September 1940. It was therefore impossible to continue meetings. The black out and the Blitz also prevented meeting being arranged elsewhere and the Council decided to suspend activities for a while. It was not until four months later that The Studio was habitable again. There was therefore an enforced break in Club meetings but at Christmas the President and Council sent a greetings card to all the membership (129) as a reminder that the Club still existed and was awaiting a suitable opportunity to recommence a programme. By the turn of the year 12 members were in the forces and others had shown continued interest in the Club by sparing and hour or two of short leave to meet at fellow members' homes.