Some of our Photography Club members are keen railway enthusiasts and the village of Irwell Vale has a beautiful railway halt along a stretch of the picturesque East Lancashire Railway line. Our Photography Club is pleased to support the Irwell Vale Railway Group by advertising their monthly meetings (see below) and all visitors are welcome!
Held at Irwell Vale Methodist Church, Milne Street, Irwell Vale, Rossendale. Off the B6257 Haslingden to Edenfield road, signposted to Irwell Vale
All meetings are on a Saturday
17 November 2012: ‘Preston and South’ by Mike Taylor.
A digital presentation in mono from the camera of the late Peter Ditchfield featuring the steam scene at Preston during the period late 1964 to the end of steam in 1968. The scene at Preston will be covered showing the southern end of the station with departures and arrivals during this period, together with visits that Peter made to Crewe works and sheds; the Manchester area, Birkenhead area, Shrewsbury and the last steam hauled Cambran Coast Express.
8 Dec 2012: ‘Railway Miscellany – Home and Away’ by Peter Borkhus.
A 35mm slide show showing fairly recent scenes on British Railways, both steam and modern traction, and Heritage lines, both steam and diesel. It was January 2006 since we last had Peter giving a show, when the images shown were much appreciated by the audience.
12 January 2013: ‘Recent Work from a Film Dinosaur’ by Dave Fowler.
A 35mm slide show from local railway photographer, Dave Fowler, with a style that is all his own as seen in his past show which was as long ago as 2008. Tonight David will update us on his activities, which is all British steam from 2009 to 2012, both main line and preserved steam.
9 February 2013: ‘Steaming through Lancashire and Yorkshire’ by Steve Fort.
A 35mm slide show featuring steam traction on lines radiating in and out of these two northern counties from the 1960′s to the present day.
16 March 2013: ‘My Railway View’ by John Tickner.
To finish off the season we welcome back John Tickner from Keighley with a digital show of some of his latest work that will include scenes in India and his latest visit to Poland. John is an award winner photographer with people, animals and the wider scene that is associated with John’s work.
We start at 7.30pm at the Church at Irwell Vale: entrance at the tea rooms is £3.00 and an extra £2.00 for pie, peas and a cup of tea at our half time interval. The doors open a good half hour beforehand for a free tea or coffee and plenty of time for a good natter before the show starts.
All profits from these shows go towards the Church funds and recently the tearooms have been repainted and re-carpeted, with the kitchen area refitted. The tea rooms at Irwell Vale Church are usually open each Sunday between 1pm and 4pm.