Back in September 1969, the British Legion at Wymondham sponsored an exhibition for all the clubs and associations in the town. However, the list of exhibitors did not include a photographic club, so Doug Fulcher (a well-known local photographer at the time) and Mike Cooper (our current President) were asked to contribute to the exhibition, and so the club was born, with Doug and Mike displaying slides and prints.
The club was called the Wymondham Camera Club, but quickly became the Wymondham and Attleborough Camera Club when the remaining four members of the Attleborough Camera Club joined. On 25 June 2002 it became the Wymondham Photographic Society, as the club was more interested in the finished photograph than the photographic equipment used.
The first meeting was held on 22 July 1969 with 10 members. The first few meetings took place at Doug Fulcher’s house and each member contributed two shillings (10 pence to you) every meeting. The club then moved to the Wymondham Ex‑Service Man’s Club next to Damgate House. The society grew, and after six months at the Ex-Service Mans Club, Bernard Stutely offered the society the Meeting Hall at Town Green, this was rent free on condition that the society maintained the building. Some work was necessary, so funds were raised by members holding three buffet dances which made a profit of about £300. Fortunately, the society’s members included two builders and an electrician and the maintenance work, which included improved lighting and new electric heating was completed.
Whilst rummaging around in the Meeting Hall, the society members found an old chair. With the help of a local antique dealer, they turned this into 60 “ordinary” chairs which was more than enough to accommodate all the members of the society. To finish things off, the members made a projector screen out of two pieces of hardboard and Brian Blake made a stand for the projector.
In 1980 the society organised a talk on the Flora and Fauna of the Norfolk Broads by Ted Ellis which was illustrated by his slides, about 150 people attended the talk which was held in Wymondham Central Hall.
In 1984 the society moved to the Damgate Rooms in the town centre, where they stayed until 2006 when they moved to Wymondham Dell Bowls Club in Norwich Road, and in 2009 hosted Joe Cornish, an internationally renowned landscape photographer, which was attended by over 100 people.
The move to digital cameras started in 2001 and now all of the society’s members use digital cameras of one kind or another. and the slide projector has been replaced by a superb quality wide-screen digital projector.