AGM 2018



The Royal Photographic Society Northern Region

Minutes of the AGM held on Monday, 14 May 2018 at 19:30

Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge NE45 5BE


 The following members were present:

 Malcolm Boyd, Geoff Chrisp, Peter Dixon, Ed Forster, Robert Gates, Lynda Golightly, K Morgan, Carol Palmer, Leo Palmer, Bob Turner.


Apologies for absence: Gordon Bates, John Devlin, Sue Devlin, John McFarlane, Rosemary McFarlane, Keith Robertson, Olive Robertson.


Minutes of the last meeting (2017). Accepted as a true record. Proposed by Leo Palmer, seconded by Geoff Chrisp.


Matters Arising: None


Regional Organiser’s Report. See attached document.


Treasurer’s Report. See attached document.


Election of Officers. All four officers confirmed they were prepared to continue in office. Proposed by Ed Forster they should be re-elected, seconded by Peter Dixon.


Any other business. There followed a discussion on venues and possible event ideas. Ed Forster gave a vote of thanks to the committee for re-vitalising the region.


There was no other business and the meeting ended at 20:07





Since I was appointed RO in April last year we have introduced a bi monthly on-line newsletter which features work and articles from our members as well as news about future events. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to it, there have been some excellent articles stunning images and it showcased the talent we have in our region.   

Feedback has been excellent with many kind emails, Facebook comments etc about the newsletter.


We held 2 advisory days, and these were very well supported (46 with 18 non-members for September 17 & 41 with 12 non-members for April 18) and have had a lot of success from our members over the last year with both LRPS & ARPS.  At the Assessment day in Newcastle we had 8 successes from our membership alone.


We had 3 workshops scheduled in our first year with over 60 including 12 non-members attending the Fotospeed session. Toby Herlinger, Director of Fotospeed was delighted by the interest from the audience and admitted he had not had such response for a long time.

Feedback from the audience was very favourable and I believe most would have left learning something that day.

Unfortunately, the other workshop was cancelled at the 11thhour due to the terrible weather. Tony Worobiec had travelled from Dorset for the workshop “Photographing the Landscape whatever the weather” for it to be cancelled because of the weather …how ironic. 

This workshop was fully booked, and everyone was refunded, and we are rearranging it for later in the year when I expect it will prove just as popular.

The Slow Water Movement workshop led by Malcolm Blenkley ARPS from Saltburn PS was also fully booked, (10 with 3 non-members) with a waiting list for any cancellations. I am delighted that Malcolm did this event for us.


We start our programme with a guided walk along Hadrians Wall with members coming from many other regions. It was carefully planned by Geoff Chrisp who led the walk with Marj Baillie the back marker. There were no non-members. Thanks to both Geoff and Marj.

Leo Palmer presented an evening to “Inspire and Explain Fellowship” which was very well supported and excellent feedback.

An all day talk with Tom Stoddart Hon FRPS and Tim Smith was a remarkable success with an audience of 50 which included 12 non-members. 

This was an exceptional day of photography and feedback was excellent.

A talk with James Frost & Hazel Mason and co hosted by West Cumbria Group took place in the southern Lake District. This part of the region has been badly neglected over the years, so it was a conscious decision to hold it here. It has not been as well supported as other events, but we will continue to ensure all parts of our region are included in our programme. 


I made the decision to send out our programme to all camera clubs in the NCPF and will do this on a quarterly basis if I can work out the new Data Protection Act. I believe this is why we are attracting a number of non-members to our meetings, events.

We also pushed our Facebook page with our membership. When we launched it, we had 11 members in the group and we now have 156. The are a few who are not RPS members, but I believe this can help us attract members to the society.

When we took over on 1stApril 2017 our region had 364 members. We have lost a number over the year for various reasons but I am delighted to say we now have 394 at the end of April.

I would like to thank my committee, Bob Gates ARPS Secretary, Bob Turner ARPS Treasurer & Geoff Chrisp LRPS Deputy RO for their invaluable help. Additionally, I would like to thank Leo Palmer FRPS who while not holding a position on the committee has contributed to the overall success of our region.


Carol Palmer RO Northern Region

RPS Northern Region Treasurers Report April 2018


This is my first year as treasurer and the Northern Group are in a strong financial position.


The current account balance is £3889.06 as of Mar 31st2018. The group financial spreadsheet has been checked and audited by RPS HQ.


We have spent £3275.72 from March 2017 to Dec 2017 and £777.77 from Jan 2018 to Mar 2018. This comes to £4053.49.


This is broken down as below


Expenditure Analysis Mar 2017 – Dec 2017


Net of VAT

Sum of Net Amount





Grand Total







Room/Hall Hire



Misc Equipment



Speaker Fees & Expenses



Grand Total




Expenditure Analysis Mar 2017 – Mar 2018


Gross of VAT


Sum of Gross Amount








Distinctions Day

2018 Event

Talk 1

Grand Total













Room/Hall Hire






Lecturers Fees & Expenses






Bank & PayPal Charges






Grand Total







We purchased equipment this year to replace obsolete and broken items which accounted for £2400 of funds. This included a Laptop, Projector, Screen, Stand, Lighting Equipment and Print Stand.


Income from Events and Central funding was £2310.04 plus £1868.41 making a total of £4178.45. 


Bob Turner


Northern Region Treasurer