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Backwell on camera

Backwell Camera Club new year programme has begun. 

Here is its programme for the end of January and February:

  • Thursday, January 23, is a presentation by Matilda Temperley, a successful fashion photographer.

  • Thursday, January 30, is the first quarterly image appraisal. This provides an opportunity for members to have their prints and digitally projected images appraised by an experienced photographer.  If necessary, some guidance will be given on how an image may be further improved.

  • Thursday, February 6, Oliver Taylor presents My Night Photography Journey.

  • Thursday, February 13, has a presentation Shooting People when  Mike Martin  will show examples of his creative portraits with examples of before and after images.  In the second half of the talk he will demonstrate some portrait retouching techniques.

  • Thursday, February 20, Phil Savoie presents Marvellous Monmouthshire. Welsh countryside with its wildlife, landscape and people offer a visual feast as seen through the lens of an award winning Monmouth-based cinematographer. Phil will share images and tips to better your own photography.

  • Thursday, February 27, Seeing The Light - 25 years of landscape photography techniques shown by Guy Edwardes. Guy will show us landscape photography from the UK and worldwide and explain how the images were captured. 

All are welcome at meetings at the WI Hall, Backwell at 7.30pm.

Member Mike West said: "Visitors are very welcome to our meetings." ​

BEAUTIFUL NAILSEA: From a 2019 gallery taken by urban photographer Alex Hosking - Clevedon Road at night

Further details of the work of BCC click HERE.

Backwell Camera Club accepts requests for coverage of community events.

Previous community photo-shoots have included Nailsea Christmas fair,

Ironwood challenge for Nailsea Running Club and Clevedon Open Water swithathon.

Many members photographs feature on Nailsea People.

To get in touch with the club click HERE to go to its website at and use its contact form.

Nailsea Wassailing at Old Farmhouse 

Saturday, 18, January 2020

An ancient country tradition of wassailing was acted out in Nailsea on Saturday, January 18, at the OId Farmhouse and at Trendlewood community orchard parts of which were underwater.

It was the ninth annual wassail organised by Transition Town Nailsea.

Nailsea vicar Steve Tilley and his wife Liz where among the enthusiast crowd for what was once a ‘pagan’ ceremony to ensure a good harvest.

The Wassail is rooted in old English customs dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, and is often celebrated on the old Twelfth night.

Apple trees are encouraged with rituals that banish bad spirits and others that call on the tree to produce a bumper crop.

The Transition group has a keen interest in local, sustainable food production and has its own orchard.

The Wassail began at the pub with the Barley Rye choir starting the proceedings with a rousing Wassail song.

The traditional Butler and Green Man characters led the crowd armed with saucepans and spoons as they threaded their way onto Trendlewood Park to surround an old apple tree.

The Wassail continued with more singing, while toast was placed on the branches and cider poured around the roots.

Everyone sampled the home-made cider or apple juice and the Wassail concluded with everyone making as much noise as possible to frighten off the unwanted spirits.

Afterwards back at the Old Farmhouse a rousing rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas complete with actions was sang followed by the Mummers play which cast unsuspecting members of the audience into lead roles. 

The custom of Mumming might go back to Roman times, when people used to dress up for parties at New Year.

The play is a traditional dramatic entertainment in which a champion St George is killed in a fight and is then brought to life by a doctor.

It is thought likely it has links with primitive ceremonies held to mark important stages in the agricultural year. 

NTT has a keen interest in local, sustainable food production and has its own commuity orchard.

To learn more about TTNailsea go to its Facebook page or email

Nailsea People took the photographs in the top slideshow and Backwell Camera Club chairman Grete Howard took the fabulous ones below.

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