CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB NEWS AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 3 APRIL 2017 

 

1 April 2017. Twelve members made their way to Hawick Video Club premises and watched nine films in all which were a mixture of Carlisle and Hawick’s best films of recent years.  The first to be shown was from Alex Peterson who sadly passed away before he could complete the project.  Therefore, a member of the Hawick club decided to edit what film he had which was of the Railway Museum in York, and set it to music. We also saw Treasured Timbers by Bill McClintock (Carlisle Camcorder Club) about various villages including Lavenham in Suffolk who used oak to help to build the timbered buildings we still see today, then a visit to the area of Flatford Mill where the artist Constable did some of his major works. The next films from Hawick were about Sissi in Crete, two Scottish wildlife films made locally. Then again from Carlisle we saw Denis Westmorland’s film about the Kendal and Westmorland County Shows 2016. We ended the film show back to nature with a film from Hawick ‘A Year of Flowers’ which showed early snowdrops through to summer roses, then David Robinson’s film about Dumfries House near Ayr and finally a 2 minute short and sweet film called “A Foggy Day’ from Hawick Club.  This convivial afternoon visit was concluded with afternoon tea and biscuits provided by the Hawick members.

On Monday 2 April The Camcorder Club held its AGM. The meeting began with a recap of what had been decided at the recent Committee Meeting. Chairman, David Robinson, during his Report announced the changes to the Committee which were that new President is Mary Atkinson and the Projectionist is David Elliot with the remaining posts staying the same.  He said that SAM and IAC memberships had been paid for next year and handed out the proposed programme of film titles for the 2017/2018 Season; he said the Christmas Lunch would be on Sunday 10 December at the Greenhill Hotel as usual. During the Summer apart from two proposed meals out which were being organised by Marion Robinson, Secretary, it was also suggested we had a trip by train to Skipton in June, the numbers and details of which are still to be finalised and notified to all those interested when numbers are known. (Members please tell Marion if you want to go on the trip.)  The Open Competition results were as follows: 1.  Bill McClintock for ‘Harry’s Houses’; 2.  Denis Westmorland for ‘Lowther’; 3. David Robinson for ‘Port Carlisle’.  The Holiday Competition results were as follows: 1.  Mary Atkinson for ‘Port Patrick and Galloway; 2. Bill McClintock for ‘Five Greek Spots’ and 3. Denis Westmorland for ‘Chinese Check’. The Raymond Key Prize went to Denis Westmorland for ‘Lowther’. 

The evening concluded with a buffet supper which was made and served by Cissie Key, Shirley McClintock and Mary Atkinson and a jolly good time was had by all. David thanked everyone for their attendance throughout the season and said the next meeting would be on 18 September 2017.

 

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB – MEETING 20 MARCH 2017

David Robinson, Chairman, welcomed everyone to the meeting which was the last one before the Summer break. There was no particular theme for the films shown tonight which produced quite a mixture of old and new.

First we saw ‘Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Mountains’ by Sylvia Sisson. Sylvia and Arthur visited the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, USA, in May 2015.   They drove along the105 mile Skyline Drive and onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.  They stopped off at Grandfather Mountain nearly 6.000 feet high with a mile-high swing bridge and bears, cougars, otters and eagles in natural habitats. On their trip they visited the historic townships of Winchester, Salem, Asheville, Leesburg, Staunton, Roanoke and the 100-foot Roanoke Star at the top of Mill Mountain.  The contrast between the mountains in the Lake District and the Mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway was obvious as wildflowers bloomed profusely and trees such as magnolias were in full blossom. 

Next to be shown was ‘Last Train to Silloth’ filmed by the late Raymond Key. This old black and white film saw the steam train’s last journey in 1964 from Carlisle to Silloth, calling at Kirkandews-on-Eden, Burgh-by-Sands, across the marshes to Kirkbride and Abbeytown and finally arriving at Silloth.  Crowds of people were on the train for that special last journey. A very interesting documentary of this historic local event.

‘Chinese Culture’ by Denis Westmorland recorded a visit to a stage show during a visit to China, featuring acrobatics, folklore and dancing. This was a very entertaining colourful film with lots going on.

Then we saw a couple of films by the late Bob Jardine who was a member of the Club, the films.  Firstly, we saw ‘Millennium Madness’. To commemorate the Millennium, Carlisle City Council’s project was to join the Castle to Carlisle shopping centre.  The film started with digging for any Roman remains and then the Underground Gallery being extended to join the Castle and Tullie House which in turn created a passage in to the City.  We saw the Rotunda at the entrance to Tullie House being built with red sandstone, with the underground walkway beside it with steps and a lift to the Underground Gallery.  Then the construction of the Irish Gate Bridge across the dual carriageway providing a second walkway. The film also showed panoramic views of the surrounding area and was a very well put together old film.

This was followed by ‘Lanes 1998 ’which was filmed when The Lanes in Carlisle were extended.   We saw the demolition of the old buildings near the Civic Centre for the extension of the Lanes to begin.  Built by the John Laing company the new Debenhams shop was the first part of the works.  In 1999 the new part of the car park was erected and built with the shops, making The Lanes much larger and thus increasing employment for the local building trade and later when completed for people in the retail trade. During 1999-2000 the building work was completed. In total 19 retail shops with 170 car parking spaces were created under one roof.  This film was a very interesting documentary and invoked memories of old Carlisle and was an accurate document of what happened during the building process.

George Tinkler brought his film entitled ‘Solway Serenity’. A walk with George along the Solway coast – sunset and blue sky – during the morning.  Come the afternoon his umbrella was up and George comments on how swiftly the Solway weather changes as it was now pouring with rain, as usual!

The next meeting will be on 3 April and will be the AGM which includes supper.  For further information about the Club please check our website www.carlislecamcorderclub.com .

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB – CUMBERLAND NEWS REPORT 20 FEB 2017

The meeting commenced with David Robinson the Chairman giving the results of the SAM competition held last week, which was a regional one between Carlisle and six other Scottish Clubs.  The result was, First, Alison’s Alpacas, Second, Torment and Third, Canary in the Coalmine.  Apologies were given for M Day, A Ryan, G Westmorland, M Cleminson, B Robinson, M Coulthard and Barbara Dodds and we sent our best wishes to all those who are away through illness.

This week was the ‘Club Holiday Competition’ for members of Carlisle Camcorder Club only, for films of ten minutes and under in length.  A draw took place to put them in order of viewing and voting forms were given to everyone to enable us to judge the Idea, Sound and Quality of each film and decide who to award first, second and third places to.  Denis Westmorland introduced them in the running order drawn.

First to be drawn was ‘Five Greek Spots’ by Bill McClintock featured five ports of call in and around southern Greece. First was Athens where we saw the current state of the Parthenon with particular reference to Lord Elgin.  Kos was next with scenes of the ‘healing hospital’ on a hill side looking towards nearby Turkey: Hippocrates studied here. Moving to the centre of Kos we saw the ancient ‘Tree of Hippocrates’ under which it is thought the so called father of medicine taught his students. A short sea crossing took us to the well-fortified and present day tourist attraction of the island of Rhodes. The third spot was a visit to Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, and the spot where the Olympic flame is ignited in preparation for the modern games. Finally, we visited Delphi with scenes of the Oracle and the ancient remains on this wonderful site on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus. These five short visits gave us a taste of Classical Greece on what had been a search for ‘Legends of Antiquity’ aboard Saga’s ‘Quest for Adventure’

Second we saw ‘Carlisle Gets Sporty’ by J D Wilson, this was recorded in Carlisle on 4 September 2016 and was the build-up to the Tour of Britain Cycle Race Stage 2, taking place next day.  This sporting session on bikes looked at the Watchtree Wheelers from Great Orton with a variety of unusual bicycles.  Next we saw a display of cycling games to win cooling drinks which was sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Border Wheelers also featured and Cycle Magazine.  A look at fun bikes for toddlers finished a very good fun day in the sun.

Third was ‘Relaxing in Saskatoon’ by David Millican. Filmed in Canada of the Millican family holiday starting in Kiwanis Park we saw brother Brian and dad William relaxing reading.  Then we see runners crossing the University Bridge and David comments it isn’t his idea of ‘relaxing’.  Brian shows David and wife Caroline the top floor apartment were Dilys’ mum Helen used to live, he said you could see for 50 miles - he used to sit and watch the thunder storms roll in late into the night.  Moving along we see lads fishing down by the river, and then see Caroline, William, Brian, and the rest of the party, Dilys her sister Gwyneth and brother-in-laws Gordon and Norm down on the Prince of Wales promenade which he opened in 2001, with views of the South Saskatchewan River Weir and CPR Bridge behind them.  David, Caroline, Brian and Norm then climb the CPR Rail and Foot Bridge, with picturesque views of the river Weir and Sandbar Island - but not any trains on the bridge this time, for which David apologises. To end their relaxing day out Caroline and Brian go swimming in the pool and using the Jacuzzi at the Parktown Hotel in downtown Saskatoon.

Fourth we saw a film about ‘Portpatrick and Galloway Area’ by Mary Atkinson. With Mary’s commentary the first stop en-route to Portpatrick was Gatehouse-of-Fleet for a brief look around and to Portpatrick all on the South West coast of Scotland. The film included a visit to the author Gavin Maxwell’s Monument of the Otter where he where he was inspired to write ‘Ring of Bright Water’.  Next on to the Isle of Whithorn to see the ruins of Chapel Finan, which is quite near Port William giving a brief history of the Chapel.  Then returning home via the Galloway Forest Park, where we saw the ancient breed of goats still living in that area.

After the break and the prize draw we saw the second half of the films starting with ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ by Dave Elliot.  This was filmed during a holiday in Southport, when he and Marilyn went to Liverpool and joined the Beatle themed Magical Mystery Tour bus, taking them to all the four Beatles houses that they lived in when they formed The Beatles, we also saw Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane and various other landmarks as the tour went along, accompanied by fitting Magical Mystery Tour music, ending with a visit to The Cavern in Liverpool to soak up the atmosphere.

Sixth entry was ‘War Tunnels – Jersey’ by David Robinson.  This film showed us the exhibition in Jersey of how Jersey was under German occupation for 5 years in the Second World War and got its freedom back on 9 May 1945.  During the Occupation the Germans built through enforced labour a system of underground tunnels which housed a Hospital and defence system.  The tunnels are now part of this walk-through experience.

Then we saw ‘Autumn in Scotland’ by Sylvia Sisson. Sylvia’s film showed the journey from Sterling to Pitlochry to see the award winning Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s premier sound and light event which brings new life to light, music and nature as it choreographs all three in stunning woodland.  On the way she stopped off at Bridge of Allan, Dunblane and Doune Castle.

Lastly we saw ‘Chines Check’ by Denis and Gail Westmorland. This film was part of their touring holiday in China, on a trip to Xian which included a visit to the Terracotta Army excavation site which was discovered men digging a well and now is regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World. It was an afterlife army for Emperor Qin. It was believed that objects like statues can be animated in the afterlife and took 40 years to complete and although many of the statues have been uncovered the work is still ongoing.

All the voting slips were handed in and winners and prize money will be awarded at the AGM. Our next meeting will be on 6 March 2017 and the theme for the films will be ‘Jolly Good Show’ as usual at St Michaels Church Hall. Please let Denis Westmorland know if you have an entry for this. Further information of the club can be found on www.carlislecamcorderclub.com.  

 

 

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB – CUMBERLAND NEWS REPORT 23 JAN 2017

 

The meeting started with some apologies from those members who could not attend and David Robinson welcomed our guests David and Yvonne Whitworth who were showing one of their films. The theme for this meeting was ‘A Picture of Loveliness’ and Denis Westmorland the Programme Secretary introduced them.

First we saw ’Autumn by the River Eden’ by David Robinson, which showed Autumn colour in all its glory, filmed with a drone, enabling aerial views of the River Eden and the surrounding woodlands.

Second was ‘Lovely Things’ by Dave Elliot, a short film showing lovely old trams at Crich Tramway Museum in Derbyshire, a lovely old canal boat near Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, Gloucester, a lovely ferry boat going between Padstow and Rock and lastly a very lovely stone balancing act by Adrian Gray on the beach at Lyme Regis in Devon, all interesting snips taken whilst on various caravanning holidays whilst touring around the country.

Next we had ‘Cruise Nite in Thunder Bay’ by J D Wilson.  Filmed in Thunder Bay, Canada during a holiday in 1998 we saw a 60’s American selection of ‘Gaz Guzzlers’ a show which was held in Applebees Restaurant car parking lots. The film showed wonderful and lovely cars brought by collectors, eg. Buicks, Thunderbirds, Ford, Oldsmobiles and many, many others, to please the eye.  The main sight being the actual car License which belonged to Marilyn Monroe, the famous film star, together with her purple car which had the bonnet painted in her likeness.  All these cars were made in the days of excess style and all the vehicles were indeed a picture of loveliness!

Then we saw a documentary-style film on ‘Great Corby’ by Denis Westmorland.  This gave us a look around Great Corby, which lies 6 miles east of Carlisle by the River Eden.  His commentary took us all around, showing the public house, the school and the various views around the village looking towards Wetheral. The majority of houses are built of sandstone in the vernacular style with some more recently built.  Standing on the edge of this quiet village beside the Eden is the magnificent Corby Castle which is now privately owned.

Before the interval our guest David Whitworth showed his film ‘Iron Ship’.  This followed the story of the SS Great Britain a former passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. In 1970, following a cash donation by Sir Jack Hayward that paid for the vessel, which was then a wreck, to be towed from the Falklands back to the UK. SS Great Britain was returned to the Bristol dry dock where she was re- built and fully restored and is listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, and is a major visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour.,

During the refreshment break we had a treat provided by Secretary, Marion Robinson, as it was her birthday she had made lovely cakes for us to have with our coffee or tea.

We recommenced the programme with a film by Bill McClintock entitled ‘Loveliness on the Cote D’Azur’.  It featured the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, once owned by Beatrice de Ephrussi de Rothschild and her husband, he was a very rich banker.  The Villa is now a museum containing the souvenirs collected by Beatrice from her many ocean voyages; she was an avid collector of fine arts and furniture, including a Marie Antoinette writing desk.  There are seven carefully constructed and very colourful gardens on the ten-acre site, an example of ‘gardens within gardens’ an idea first developed by Hadrian in the Tivoli Gardens in Rome.  After Beatrice’s death in 1934 it was handed over to the French Academy of Fine Arts and is now a very attractive museum. In her Will she had stipulated that the Academy must seek to maintain a “lived-in family” atmosphere and clearly this has been achieved.

Then we saw ‘Stratford upon Avon” by Sylvia Sisson A film recording a visit to Stratford in 2016 when the town was celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.  She visited all the properties linked to Shakespeare including, the picturesque Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

Lastly was ‘Lake Louise Cable Car (Canada)’ by David Millican. The 20-minute film showed The Rockies in Canada 2016 visited in June/July by Caroline, David and William Millican. The film started by travelling up in the Lake Louise Gondola, which is also used as a ski lift in winter -  David’s voiceover points out that it would have been a ‘picture of loveliness’ if it wasn't for the rain! The family took pictures from the Whitehorn Bistro Rest viewing platform of Lake Louise, elevation 6850 feet.  Later David got a shock when he touched the electric fence put there to keep Bears out. We saw the Canadian Pacific goods train at Morant's Curve, Bow Valley Parkway which was an amazing 164 wagons long. Then views of Bow River Falls in the rain and saw another train at Brewster Creek which flows into the Bow River. Next the trip took us to Banff and up to the Hoodoos on the Tunnel Mountain Road.  Here over thousands of years, rain, snowmelt and wind have scoured the glacial material that made up their viewpoint, creating deep and narrow gullies. The Banff Hoodoos were protected from erosion by caps of sod or harder rock which acted like an umbrella. Next morning at the Canmore Rail Crossing we saw another very long goods train - some with double height containers. Music Hank Marvin’ -Tavellin Light’.

At the end of the meeting David reminded us that we meet again on 6 February at 7.30 when we will see films entered in the Scottish Association of Moviemakers Choice of Clubs Competition.  Films made by our members can be seen on the website www.carlislecamcorderclub.com.

 

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB REPORT – 9 JANUARY 2017

 

The Meeting on 9 January 2017 was the first in the New Year and the Chairman, David Robinson, wished everyone a very happy new year. The theme for the films for this meeting was ‘Nostalgic Mood’.

The first to be shown was’ Kakabeka Waterfall Ontario’ by J D Wilson.  Filmed during a visit in July 1998 opening with long shots leading to the waterfall of Kaministi Quia River near Port Arthur, and Fort William Fort, Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada and heading into Kakabeka waterfall in Provincial Park on a trip with his wife Helen and some Canadian friends.

The next film to be shown was a film entitled "In the Hands of the State" by Bill McClintock which examined the nostalgia associated with the Carlisle& District State Management Scheme which was introduced in 1916. It was an experiment which lasted from 1916 to 1973. Relics to be seen in local collections of memorabilia from the earlier days of the Scheme were shown, including beer mats, bottles and a soda syphon.  Items such as these still attract high prices when they become available. The film included details of the State Management Trail which involves 16 once state managed pubs which are still in business.  The 'Carlisle City Business Group' initiated the presentation of a leaflet after a Lottery Grant became available. The final scene showed the details of modern day bottle of bitter produced by a local brewery from an original recipe.

Third we saw ‘Edinburgh Festival’ by Sylvia Sisson filmed in August 2015 when Edinburgh hosted The Fringe and artists take to the streets to perform and try to persuade people to buy tickets to see their shows. Sylvia filmed various acts on her visit which were very entertaining and unusual.

Before the break we saw ‘Dumfries House and Gardens’ by David Robinson.  Dumfries House stands in a 2000-acre estate in Scotland, and was saved by the intervention of HRH The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay in 2007, it is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes with impressive gardens, his film told a part of its long history as well as a look around the parks and gardens and restoration works that have been carried out over the past 9 years and which are still ongoing.

 

After the break the evening resumed with two more films about Dumfries House, the first showed the ‘Arboretum Gardens’ reconstructed in 2014, and the second showing ‘The Other Side of the Adam Bridge’ towards the Chinese Bridge which had just been completed in 2016 before his visit.

Lastly we saw ‘Swiss Nostalgia’ by Denis Westmorland which was a nostalgic trip by car in Switzerland which was greeted at first by heavy rain and poor visibility but on driving south to Zermatt he found sunny weather and beautiful Swiss scenery ending his trip in the Simmental region where cattle of the same name originate from. This was accompanied by music played by Denis himself.

Lastly we had a film from Market Harborough Club again, this time a documentary type film about Gildings Saleroom, which was established in 1980 and Mr Gilding was filmed explaining the workings of the saleroom and how the auction had gained in popularity over the years.  This is one of the auctioneers which is frequently used by BBC’s Bargain Hunt programme. He also mentioned some of the amazing items that had been sold, for example a paperweight which had been bought by a couple from a car boot sale and which sold for 221,000 and a rare Gillow of Lancaster chest which was discovered and sold for 110,000.  Gildings now have two salerooms one in Leicester and one in Market Harborough.

The next meeting in on 23 January and the theme is “A Picture of Loveliness”.  For details of the club please go to www.carlislecamcorderclub.com 

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB REPORT – 12 December 2016

 

At our meeting on 12 December, Bill McClintock stood in as acting Chairman in David Robinson’s absence. He welcomed back those members who had not been able to attend last fortnight’s meeting for various reasons and gave apologies for those who would not be attending this evening.

Denis Westmorland, Programme Secretary, introduced the evening’s programme, the theme for which was “Seasonal Delights” as follows:

‘Christmas Markets’ by Dave Elliot, of a recent trip he made with his wife to Grassington Dickensian Festival and then the next day to Manchester Christmas Market.  The first half gave us a flavour of all the events at Grassington with local people dressed in Dickensian clothing and pursuing the old fashioned Christmas traditions starting with a parade through the town, then of a band playing Christmas Carols, carol singers, hot chestnut seller, etc. Then on to Manchester showing a vast array of all things Christmassy, this market extends through the whole centre of Manchester and was set to Christmas music.

‘Christmas 2009’ by David Robinson’s film showed people enjoying the heavy snow we had in 2009, with sledging and skating on a frozen pond in Caldbeck, together with wonderful views of the snow covered countryside around Derwentwater.  He set this to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.

‘Seasons of 2016’ by Denis Westmorland gave us a look back at 2016 with reference to the local farming calendar. This compilation of film clips taken during the year at various locations in the countryside and around his own garden and pets. It began with a mention of the floods last Christmas, then the slow Spring and our brief Summer showing what was growing in the garden and fields, and moved into Autumn with beautiful colours and finally the early Winter snows.

‘Christmas Stilton’ by Steve Mitchell was a ‘sideways’ look at some of the cheesier sights and sounds of Christmas, set to music.

‘The Christmas Town in 2001’ by J D Wilson gave his film of the Christmas lights in Carlisle during a late- night shopping trip. Starting in Botchergate up to Carlisle Railway Station and the Citadel then on to English Street and via Chapmans Furniture shop as was. Following down to the Town Hall lights showing the Nativity, then the Cathedral, Hoopers Store, and the Scotch Street area.  Next we looked along the lights inside The Lanes and back out to the colour of the roundabouts in the centre with hordes of customers and the outside film of The Lanes.  Then last a view of the Central Plaza Hotel which was still a hotel then but is now, sadly, in a state of disrepair.

‘Here Comes Christmas’ by Bill McClintock and the film opened with scenes of Carlisle city centre in December 2016.  The relationship between Yuletide and the choice of 25 December as Christmas Day was then considered.  We saw a copy of the first Christmas card, invented in 1843 it was the start of a tradition which still flourishes today.  Cards of a religious nature were then singled out for attention with scenes depicting the Nativity and the Adoration of the Magi. We then moved on to the story of St Nicholas who was Bishop of Myra in southern Turkey.  He was a rich man who devoted his life to helping the poor being the Santa Claus of his day.  It is a familiar story and many of the traditions associated with Christmas such as “Santa down the chimney’ and ‘hanging up stockings’ stem from St Nicholas. His Saint’s day on 6 December is, for many, the date for exchanging gifts.

‘La Gomera’ by Sylvia Sisson but showed Sylvia’s visit to La Gomera in February this year.  It is the second smallest island in the seven main Canary Islands.  It’s claim to fame is that Christopher Columbus visited the Island twice on his journeys to the New World.  It also has a unique way of communicating across deep ravines by a whistled speech which can be heard two miles away and it is taught to children in schools to save this ancient way of communicating dying out.

During the interval we were treat to mince pies and shortbread supplied by Cissie Key and others to have with our coffee and tea which were very well received.

The next meeting on 9 January 2017 will have the theme ‘Nostalgic Mood’.  Please give your film details to Denis. To anyone wishing to join the club further details can be obtained from David Robinson, Chairman, tel. 016973 45129, or to see these films visit our website – www.carlislecamcorderclub.com.

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB REPORT – 28 NOVEMBER 2016

 

Chairman David Robinson welcomed everyone to the fortnightly meeting and gave apologies for people who could not attend. He gave out revised details of the Christmas Lunch which is being held at the Greenhill Hotel on 11 December and which members now need to be there for at 12.00 for 12.30pm.

The theme for films at this meeting was “Timeless Pleasures”, which Denis Westmorland as Programme Secretary organised and introduced.  First up was his own film entitled ‘Kirkby Lonsdale’, which was a visit to this timeless and traditional small market town on Cumbria’s southern border; he showed the Thursday Market which has been held for eight centuries and the town centre, which is free of the usual chain stores, has mainly individual shops and cafes and the beautiful St Mary’s Church.

Next film we saw ‘Carlisle via Preston to Manchester’ by J D Wilson, was of a trip starting at Carlisle Station in June 2000 catching the ‘Sans Parell’ train, passing Blencathra, and arriving at Preston to see a lot of railway activity and sights (including a dead bird caught on the front of an engine), then in Manchester a Metro Link Tram passing Deansgate Link, the Granada Studios, Castle Field and Canal Barges. We saw various views of Manchester’s building built in the modern style including the Bridgwater Hall which houses the Halle Orchestra and the GMex Arena.  Then later back to Piccadilly Station in Manchester with a look at the Piccadilly Hotel and departing with his companion Calum Scott-Buccleuch.

Thirdly we saw Bill McClintock’s film called “A Couple of Timeless Pleasures”.  The film opened with questions regarding the interpretation of the theme.  There followed an account of a visit to York with a group of longstanding friends who had their annual reunion in the city this year.  It showed a group exploring well known scenes in York.  A walk on the wall was followed by a visit to the Treasurer’s House; visit to the Minster and the National Railway Museum were included and finally a trip on the River Ouse.  A combination of a favourite place visited with friends surely qualified as a timeless pleasure!

Then before the break we saw Mary Atkinson’s film “Norfolk Broads Trip”.  Mary filmed her trip from Wroxham along the river Bure towards Horning – showing the beautiful thatched houses lining the river with their own moorings for boats and wildlilfe living there on this tourist trip which was a timeless pleasure.

During the refreshment break the drawing was held and the prize winners were Margaret Coulthard, Donna Donnelly, J D Wilson, Malcolm Day and Marion Robinson.

For the second half of the show we saw a couple of films we had received from Market Harborough Club, in Leicestershire.  The first one was all about the Market Harborough Christmas Fayre which was re-started in 2014, and which had been cancelled for a few years previously, but with a big effort from the local traders and the Chamber of Trade a new and better event was created.  Late night shopping was introduced along with various choirs, bands playing, fun fair, skating rink, snow machine, Morris dancers, and array of hot food stalls, Santa Clause and ‘elves’ collecting money for charity. Everyone agreed that this had been bigger and better than ever.

The last film showed the 200 year Celebrations of Market Harborough Canal, townspeople were dressed in Victorian costumes.  They re-enacted how it was 200 years ago, with a horse-drawn canal boat from Gt. Bowdon, leading a procession of all kinds of other canal boats which would have carried mainly coal.  We saw people talking to the camera outlining the history of the canal, which gave a real documentary feel to the film. On arrival at Harborough Basin they were met by a band and a lunch for all concerned was held in the local hotel. A marvellous day was had by all.

The meeting ended with David Robinson saying our next theme for films would be “Seasonal Delight” and wished everyone a safe journey home.  For further details of the club please call David on 016973-45129, or visit our website - www.carlislecamcorderclub.com.

 

 

 

 

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB REPORT - 14 NOVEMBER 2016

 

Chairman, David Robinson welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave apologies for those who could not attend.  He said the result of the One Minute film, entitled “The Anniversary” starring Denis and Gail Westmorland submitted by Carlisle to the SAM competition in Carluke on Sunday last was that Carlisle gained second prize. Five members of the Club attended.

This evening the Club Open Competition was held for films of up to 10 minutes. Each member was given a voting form to fill in after all seven films had been seen. Dennis Westmorland introduced the entries, which were as follows:

Firstly, Steve Mitchell’s entry entitled ‘If you go down to the woods today …’, which was a brief exploration of the modern sculpture at the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex, there we saw all kinds of imaginative sculptures using various materials including granite, railway tracks, mirrors, water and even a tree made from tyres, in the woodland and which Steve set to music and was very engaging.

Next we had ‘Washington DC 2015’ from Sylvia Sisson.  With all the recent hype about the American election Sylvia showed a film about a different Washington when she visited in May last year, without the Presidential race to the White House.  She was particularly impressed with Arlington, which again is relevant, coinciding with our own war commemorations taking place.

Back on home soil we joined Bill McClintock whose film ‘Harry’s Houses’, featured the career of Harry Redfern as architect of Public Houses in Carlisle between 1916 and 1949. He was responsible for designing, in an imaginative and varied manner, a number of notable public houses in the Carlisle district under the auspices, as chief architect, of the Home Office State Management Scheme. In particular the film identified his fifteen so called Model Pubs, from the Appletree which opened in 1927 to The Redfern in 1940.  There was a brief description of the origin of each House and film to show its present appearance and wellbeing.

This was followed by ‘BMX Races in Town Hall Square’, by J D Wilson. Filmed in Carlisle in 2011 we saw three young men performing stunts on BMX bikes, on a BMX track set up in the town centre. This included them jumping a hurdle at the top of the highest slope and landing safely each time and doing somersaults and all kinds of tricky moves. This was done in front of a large crowd who were cheering the participants on. 

Next we saw David Robinsons film ‘Port Carlisle and Burgh Marsh’. The film follows the 6-mile road trip from Burgh by Sands to Port Carlisle, taking in the Old Canal and Railway which used this Coast from 1821 to 1932, along with an explanation of the Concrete Arrow on the Marsh and a look at the Port itself.

On a more traditional theme, we saw ‘HMS Trincomalee’ by Dave Elliot who told us in the film that this 1817 Frigate was eventually brought to Hartlepool for restoration in 1990 and was finished in 2005 costing 10.5M and is now close to the 19th century configuration and is the oldest ship afloat in Europe. Hartlepool Marina is where it was viewed and inside the ship we saw depicted on each deck how it was in the days when it was in use.  Surrounding the ship on the quayside are all the shops and houses reconstructed to show what went on in the 1800’s when the ship was first in use. He also showed a demonstration of musket and cannon firing being done.

Lastly, Denis Westmorland’s film ‘Lowther’ detailed the 800 years of the Earls of Lonsdale and the Lowther Castle and Estate near Penrith.  He outlined its decline from once being the largest estate in England to the dereliction of the Castle, then its present programme of renewal as a tourist attraction and venue for music festivals and country fairs.

After the voting had been completed by everyone and refreshments were served, the drawing was conducted and the three prizes were won by, David Millican, J D Wilson and George Tinkler.  The next meeting on 28 November will have the theme “Timeless Pleasures”, why not join us as a visitor you will be most welcome, telephone 019673 45129, David Robinson for details.

 

 

CARLISLE CAMCORDER CLUB REPORT FOR MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2016

 

At the meeting on 31 October, Chairman David Robinson welcomed everyone and mentioned that the Christmas Lunch would again be held at the Greenhill Hotel and asked members to choose their menu and pay for it at the next meeting.  On Sunday 6 November the annual SAM Competition at Carluke is to be held and he invited members to attend, he was happy to report that last year Carlisle won the One-Minute Film section and was hopeful this would be repeated.  Denis Westmorland introduced the films for the evening the theme being “All in a Day” which were as follows:

  • A Day with the Lady of the North by Steve Mitchell – a visual and musical impression of the Charles Gencks Landscape Sculpture near Newcastle.
  • Minimundus by Denis Westmorland – a visit to a Model World near Klagenfurt in southern Austria.  Impressively accurate models of well-known structures from all Continents laid out at random with a realistic railway interspersing it.
  • Chirk Castle by Sylvia Sisson - Chirk Castle, North Wales, was completed in 1310 and is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward 1.  It is still lived in today and is a National Trust property and has award-winning gardens looking out over the Cheshire and Shropshire plains. Additions during its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th century Long Gallery, grand 18th-centrury state apartments, servants’ hall and historic laundry.
  • Local Country Scenes All in a Day by Mary Atkinson – showed beautiful local and recent country scenes including sunrise, Autumn colours and animals at Talkin Tarn and her own garden.
  • Trip to Parga and Paxos by David Elliot - a full day trip leaving his resort early morning by coach to Corfu town harbour, crossing by boat to Parga following the mainland Greek coastline. Approaching Parga you are met with a view of pastel coloured houses clinging to the steep hillside all overlooked by an ancient fort, then in the resort the quaint streets, shops and tavernas, beautiful white sands with crystal clear water. Leaving Parga he set sail again and continued on to the tiny island of Paxos, south of Corfu. After a short visit we are back on board ship and heading back to Corfu town. A long but enjoyable day out.
  • Highlights of Durham by David Robinson – showed a walk from the River Wear into the City centre then over to the Elvet Bridge where visitors can hire a rowing boat or enjoy a River Cruise, then a short walk uphill to Durham Cathedral founded in 1093, now under repair to its outer Stonework.
  • Falkirk Wheel & Kelpies by Sylvia Sisson - In an enviable location in beautiful central Scotland, is The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift and an engineering masterpiece.  Also, located in Falkirk is the world’s largest equine sculpture: The Kelpies.  It showed The Kelpies glistening in the sunshine during the day, and Sylvia also filmed them at night to see them illuminated in a range of impressive colours.
  • All films were very well received by the members and David Robinson thanked all those who had contribute. and paid tribute to the painstaking effort all the film-makers had put in to achieve the quality of every film shown at the meetings which can last up to 15 minutes. The process from actually taking the film, editing and putting it together with captions, commentary and music takes many hours of work. The next meeting will be on 14 November when a Club Open Competition is being held.  For details of the Club please ring D Robinson on 016973 45129.

 

Carlisle Camcorder Club – Meeting Monday 17th  October 2016

 

On 11 October nine members of the Carlisle Camcorder Club made a trip to Hawick Video Club, where we presented a one hour show of our members’ recent films. This is a yearly event between the two clubs where on alternate years we have a social evening to see each other’s films. A light supper was served by the Hawick members, which made for a very enjoyable social evening.  The regular meeting of the club on Monday 17 October our theme was for Visitors.

First though we saw a film from a club member of his Visit on 6 June 2014 to The Remembrance Ceremony in Arromanches, Normandy and the Bayeux War Cemetery
in Normandy to commemorate the Anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 1944 where he joined hundreds of people to remember the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. This was a very moving film. 

The second half of the evening was made up of films from other clubs who were “visiting” us through their films.  Two such clubs being Ringwood Movie Makers from Melbourne, Australia and Market Harborough Movie-makers, Leicestershire. We will, in turn, exchange some of our films with them throughout the year. The Australian films were entitled, Retirement Blues, The Law of Unintended Consequences, Rim Walk of Kings Canyon nr Alice Springs and Venice with Umbrellas, whilst the Market Harborough films were entitled Enigma Broken – A History and Curious.  All members were thoroughly entertained by the Visitors’ films, some being factual and some being comedy short films.

Apologies were given from George and Linda Tinkler who had to go on holiday and also from Caroline Millican.  During the refreshment break the drawing was conducted and the three prizes which are donated by members were won by Cissie Key, Barbara Dodds and Donna Donnelly, Donna was particularly pleased as she drew out her own winning ticket!

The next meeting will be Monday 31 October at St Michael’s Church Hall, Stanwix and the theme is “All in a Day”.  If anyone is interested in joining and being a film maker, please call D Robinson 016973 45129 for details.

 

Carlisle Camcorder Club – Meeting Monday 3 October 2016

Chairman David Robinson welcomed everyone to our fortnightly meeting. The theme for the films this meeting ‘Near or Far’ were introduced by Denis Westmorland our Programme Secretary.

First Bill McClintock’s two for one offer! Offer One was the fairly near location of Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown. A chance visit produced a film opportunity and we learnt something of the Abbey's history and particularly regarding the disastrous fire of 2006. The film then showed the impressive restoration which allowed it to be open again in 2014. Offer Two was 'A Greek Spot' and featured the village of Monemvasia and the hidden city of Gefyra located on a remote Greek island. An ancient city bathed in sunshine and surrounded by vivid blue seas.

Next George Tinkler showed “World Dance” which encapsulated the theme because it was filmed outside Carlisle Town Hall, which was ‘near’ enough for everybody to see; whilst the dancers, dressed in brightly coloured traditional dress, all came from India that being the ‘far’ away element.  World Dance was a scheme in 1965 where groups of dancers from all over the World took part in demonstrations all over Britain to illustrate what a wide variety of dance there was in the World. It was filmed from one single place as he could not move anywhere else because of the crowds.

Then Denis Westmorland presented ‘Villages Near and Far.’ This was a guided film tour of the three villages of Southwaite, Calthwaite and Ivegill which are near to Denis and Gail’s new home and showed the ever changing character of the villages.

Mr J D Wilson’s film Puppet Parade Pageant 2013, recorded the first puppet parade in Carlisle which started from their base at the Civic Centre.  We saw the parade going towards Scotch Street with a lead of a Jimmy Dyer replica and a man in costume playing the fiddle, followed by a host of puppets and volunteers; a feature were three monster puppets from Cheshire.  Their destination was the Town Hall with an address from the Mayor.  Then they returned to the Civic Centre – unfortunately the rain came down all throughout the parade but did not prevent the crowd from enjoying it.

David Elliot showed a film of his recent holiday in Canterbury showing the modern side of the City and the Cathedral and a punt trip on the river Stour with commentary on the ancient beginnings of the city; thus interpreting the ‘Near and Far’ theme in time not distance!

David Robinson’s expertly filmed ‘Looking Around Kielder Water’ gave us a very informative look at the many facets of Kielder Water and of the way it was created. Kielder Water is a large artificial reservoir in Northumberland. It is the largest artificial lake in the United Kingdom by capacity and it is surrounded by Kielder Forest, the largest man-made woodland in Europe.

For the next item Mary Atkinson’s film ‘Steam to Mallaig’ was a wonderful journey watching the steam train going from Fort William to Mallaig on the West Highland Line via Glenfinnan. This was filmed at various points along the way and was thrilling to watch.

Lastly, Donna Donnelly had two short films the first was filmed at Centre Parc (then Oasis) near Penrith in 2001 with her family and the second one was of a Camera Club outing to Keswick around the same time which was fascinating to see.

As usual all the films were greatly enjoyed by everyone. During the refreshment interval the drawing prizes were won by Shirley, Alan and Marilyn. The next meeting will be on Monday 17 October at 7.30 in St Michael’s Church Hall, Stanwix, Carlisle, CA3 9DJ. New Members welcome call 016973 45129 for details if you are interested in film making.

 

 

Carlisle Camcorder Club – Meeting Monday 19 September 2016

The first meeting of the new season was opened by the newly appointed Chairman David Robinson welcoming everyone back. He said that the two evening meals which had been organised during the summer recess were well attended and thanked everyone. He announced that Joan Hodgson had sadly died during the summer.  Cissie Key and Kathleen Irving who have been making refreshments for several years had decided to stand down, and volunteers were found take their place. The Chairmen presented Cissie and Kathleen with bouquets as a thank you for all their hard work, and to mark that they had been doing so for 50 plus years while the club has been in existence.  For the first meeting we were presented with eight new films.

The first film of the night was by David Robinson, “Winter” showing the snow we had on 15/16th January 2016.  Opening with a scene of the falling snow on Saturday 15th and then filmed around the Caldbeck Fells on Sunday the 16th, with families sledging and enjoying the winter snow on the hills and also including aerial views.  The scenery is spectacular when the combination of snow covering the ground is brightened by a little sunshine.

Then we were treat to a film by Mary Atkinson entitled “Natural Beauty of Mountains and Glens”, filmed at various times on her trips to Scotland the locations included the Dalveen Pass, Mennack Pass with the heather in autumn, Loch Awe, Glen Shee, Glenwhan Gardens, Stranraer and Mull to name but a few, the breath-taking scenery showed reflections in the Lochs, summer gardens and autumn tints and a touch of winter, all set to atmospheric music.

Following this David Elliot showed a short film “Jenny Wren” following the discovery of a wren’s nest in his hanging basked which came to his notice during the summer, he documented the discovery of the mother wren feeding her chicks after the bird flew out when watering the basket, from then on it was discovered there were four young, and he also managed to film the actual day they fledged and flew off into the woods.

Sylvia Sisson’s film of “Aira Force 2016” made following the floods in Cumbria in December 2015.  Sylvia took two friends who were visitors from Tasmania to check out the state of Aira Force, near Ullswater in May 2016, en-route they were thrilled to see and film the wild ponies grazing at Mungrisedale Common.  Her trip proved that Aira Force is still awe inspiring, the waterfall was gushing, due to the recent heavy rain.  The countryside around was in full bloom and needless to say her visitors were very impressed.

Next was Denis Westmorland’s film – “The River Lune”. Following the river Lune from its source near Tebay on its southerly journey to Lancaster and the Irish Sea, passing Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Hornby and Caton, with a wide variety of landscapes including the famous Crook o’ Lune; here the river Lune meanders through an idyllic wooded setting passing under two magnificent bridges. It was presented with his usual witty and informative commentary and fitting musical interludes.

After the interval Bill McClintock’s, “Ice and Fire” was filmed on a short visit to Iceland in April 2016 and gave us a taste of what the island has to offer. We had a short explanation of the background to the elements which fashioned the present landscape of this volcanic island. Touring the area in the south west from Reykjavik, we followed the tourist trail known as ‘The Golden Circle’, visiting the Gullfoss Falls and the geothermal areas of hot springs and geysers.  Along the south coast we saw spectacular waterfalls, dramatic coastal scenery and rather toxic looking geothermal areas. The final scenes featured the silica laden waters of the Blue Lagoon, a very popular tourist attraction.

Then, Gail Westmorland submitted a film entitled “A Day Out in Austria”.  Travelling by car in early spring, starting with a visit to Pongau in Austria then on to Kitzbuhel.  With spectacular Alpine scenery with soaring mountains and picturesque valleys, it was a treat for the eye.

Finally, David Robinson showed a short film taken in 2012 at the Erskine Falls, Victoria, Australia.  The falls have a drop of 100ft into a leafy valley covered in large ferns, with tall gum trees covering the higher slops, a place of peace and tranquillity, disturbed only by the sound of the waterfall and bird song. The Falls are found 10k north west of Lorne, on Great Ocean Road, definitely worth the walk down into the valley

All the films received enthusiastic applause and were greatly enjoyed by everyone and all depicted the theme for the evening which was “Natural Beauty”

The next meeting will be on Monday 2 October at 7.30 in St Michael’s Church Hall, Stanwix, Carlisle when the theme is “Near and Far”. DO COME ALONG IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING FILMS AS A GUEST – CALL 016973 45129 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.