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Helmingham Hall, Suffolk - Photo Trip Tuesday 24th August 2021

16 of us attended the camera club visit on this occasion. Both club members and some wives/husbands. We went in many cars due to ongoing concerns about Covid 19. Let’s hope that we can soon return to a shared car basis that is good for the planet and our fuel bills.


Helmingham Hall is a 500 year old moated substantial house that has been in the ownership of the Tollemache family since 1480. The gardens and estate are open to the public but the private house has never been opened. Apparently the drawbridges are still drawn up every night as they have been since 1510.


Once we all arrived at 11a.m. (apart from Chris who get there at sunrise to walk the public footpath through the estate) we tended to go our own way and spread out around the house and gardens looking for compositions incorporating the property, the moat and bridges as well as differing views of the grounds and lakes. Plants, flowers and insects also made for good macro possibilities.


As usual on these trips we all gravitated to the estate café at 1.30 for lunch and to discuss what we had found to photograph. We missed our usual “organizer” Ray Waters, as he was isolating at home due to some members of his family proving positive for Coronavirus (since recovered). We were pleased to greet a new member, Ben Hawker, on his first Photofold trip.


After lunch many of us went a little further afield on the estate seeking out the herds of deer that are farmed here. For those with a telephoto lens they made an interesting subject. The weather on this occasion was kind to us with an overall dry day, not too hot and some clouds to make the sky less boring. You can judge from the images entered into the trip competition, whether or not we did the subject justice.


Stephen Stringer

1 September 2021



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