Bookham Camera Club | Club History

Bookham Camera Club was founded on 5th April 1946 by Mrs. E.M.Stephens, who was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Eleven people were present and they became the club's first members, paying a subscription of 10/6d (52½p) per half year.

It is interesting to note that the inaugural meeting was held at Bookham Congregational Church Hall, which subsequently became the United Reformed Church Hall where the club now meets every Thursday evening, from September through to the following May. In between, meetings have taken place in a variety of venues, such as 'The Croft', Church Road, the Co-op Hall, which was near to what is now the Jet Garage on the Guildford Road, the County Junior School, which is now the Library, the Barn Hall and the Baptist Hall.

Our first exhibition was held in October 1946 and the first judge set the tone for the high standard that we strive to maintain to this day, as he was none other than Percy Harris, FRPS who was at one time a respected Editor of the journal 'Amateur Photographer'.