Were you a member of Horndean Camera Club?

Members of Horndean Camera Club on a club outing to Emsworth during the 1960s. They include Veronica Parker,  Derek and  Doreen Fake, Norman Parker, Sammy Sampson, Roy Wilson, Margret Standen (who is still a member today) Bill Aylward and Don Pitman.
Members of Horndean Camera Club on a club outing to Emsworth during the 1960s. They include Veronica Parker, Derek and Doreen Fake, Norman Parker, Sammy Sampson, Roy Wilson, Margret Standen (who is still a member today) Bill Aylward and Don Pitman.

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As part of its 60th anniversary, Horndean Camera Club is looking for past members whose memories or pictures could be included in its celebration evening.

The club was founded in 1957 and met at Merchistoun Hall, Horndean, before moving to its present home in Catherington village hall in 1972.

Tin baths hanging in the back yards of Henrietta Street, Landport

Tin baths hanging in the back yards of Henrietta Street, Landport

Were you, your parents or grandparents members during those early days? Do you know anything of the following early members, Terry Napper, Sammy Sampson, Frank Clements, Derek and Doreen Fake, Norman and Veronica Parker, Pam and Maurice Mace, Rudi Brown, Dave Dew, Peter Sheaspy, Ray Cubitt and Roy (Tug) Wilson?

Do you have any pictures either of them or taken and produced by them that the club could copy and use as part of the celebrations?

Perhaps there are negatives or pictures in lofts or cellars that would like to see the light of day again?

If you have information on these or any other former members, contact Steve Day the club’s publicity member for Horndean Camera Club on (023) 9225 3558 or via the club website horndeancameraclub.org.uk.

The original Marks & Spencer shop in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

The original Marks & Spencer shop in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

• I recently asked if any readers remembered using tin baths which used to hang in back yards.

Barbara McClaren (née Richards) dropped me a line saying: ‘As a child our family lived at Malta Road Buckland. Saturday night was bath night for all the family – mum, dad and we three daughters,

‘Mum would fill the copper in the scullery and boil the water, then dad would bring the bath in from where it hung on the wall in the garden. It was then placed in front of a fire in the sitting room, and filled with boiling hot water from the copper.

‘We girls would get into the bath first then mum bathed and then poor dad had to bath last after we had all finished.

‘You had to be very careful you didn’t touch the side of the bath as it got very hot by the fire.

‘After the bath, the water had to be emptied with bowls and the last drop dragged to the garden and thrown down the yard.’

• With Marks and Spencer announcing it will quit Commercial Road, Portsmouth, here’s a picture of what is believed to be its first store.

It’s thought there might have been one in the city in 1904, but the date stone in this picture shows there was definitely one in 1910, although the date of this picture posted by Phil Cheesmore on the Memories of Bygone Portsmouth Facebook page is not clear.