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Pembrey Photographic Society is now in its 25th year.
Before there was a club it was originally a class in Pembrey Memorial Hall with 12 people attending to learn more about photography and how to use their own equipment, but when the classes came to an end due to low attendance figures we wanted to continue so the club was born. The club Started in November of 1988.
Soon after the club formed we joined the Welsh Photographic Federation, and this then made us able to compete against other clubs in the local area and join them and swap ideas and tips in the 'Battles'.
In 1994 the local council asked us if we would like to rent a room in Copperworks School that was being used by other local groups. Up until then if we wanted to take indoor photographs then we only had at the most 2 ½ hours to set-up, take the pictures and then take down our equipment, as we were still using the local community hall.
We went to look at the proposed room and agreed. We were given a rent free period in return for all work that needed to be done and this was carried out by the members. Most of this work was carried out by Wilf Bryan our then President and it is down to his expertise as he single handed built our dark room .His expertise was also used when putting up the gantry for the lighting. it was in February 1995 we moved into our new premises.
In March 1998 we started to buy our Equipment for the studio and the Darkroom that was paid for by the National Lottery grant.
It has been said that we have a better setup for the studio photographer than most of the professional photographers in the area.
In October 1998 we were invited by Jessops to go to the Photo action exhibition in the NEC Birmingham.Jessops Paid for the Stand space and all we had to do was turn up and fill the stand with our photos. This was for amateur clubs to show off their photos and promote their club .There were also many photography related companies showing their products and there was also a fashion show twice a day from a local Arts college. This was an opportunity to get in an extra few Portrait shots.
We were invited back to photo action 99 in October of that year and this was also of a similar format to the previous year but it was decided that there was not enough interest for this to be run in 2000.
Wilf passed away in 2001 and Wilf was not just an excellent handyman but he was also an avid and enthusiastic member of the club and his work has been missed greatly in our competitions with all other clubs in the area.
We have now moved to Hermon Chapel, Pembrey.
The chapel is situated between Waun Deri and Rhoddfa Capel which are both turnings right off Maes-y-capel.
From Gwscwm Road turn into Maes-y-Capel, then turn Right in to Waun Deri. The chapel is at the end of this Cul de sac
There is a Very Small carpark that can be accessed from Follow the link below for a Street view of the area.
Follow the link below for a street view of the area.