Days out in Salford

Part of our funding from NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group enabled us to help organise these two trips in Salford during 2015.

St Phil’s Camera Club wanted to visit Bridgewater Canal and Worsley Green but there was so much to see there we thought we’d struggle to get round everything during our normal 2 hour session. Thankfully funding enabled us to treat them and the church’s Watercolour group to a day trip in August with a brief to photograph/sketch some of the scenes there.

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As usual, the photographers took dozens of images, far too many to show here. There weren’t quite so many sketches done by the watercolour group, but the photographers kindly printed and delivered some of their images to the next weekly painting session. After taking in the views we all had the opportunity to socialise over lunch at The Barton Arms, a short walk from the canal.

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In October we booked a barge trip along the Bridgewater Canal to Salford Quays, and opened up invitations to the wider community. 17 new people attended along with another 30 odd from our regular activities. Again, lots of photos were taken and prints passed on to the painters to help increase their repertoire of local images. I imagine we’ll have enough for an exhibition of Salford images from these trips alone, maybe even a calendar or two.

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The grant helped us to do a lot during the year, largely involving lots of hard work by those attending weekly activities towards some exhibition or other. Creating things as a group and celebrating our collective achievements offers great rewards for those involved, but the days out offered a different kind of reward, where we’re able to enjoy each others company in the places we often don’t get to visit, despite them being right on our doorstep. They can also help to generate much needed enthusiasm to get through the next planning session.

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Thanks to Kayleigh and Andy for the photos.

More details of regular sessions can be found here.

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