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On this page we will be having the latest news from around the region. If needed new pages will appear in the list to the left so that they can be read in full or downloaded.

Michael Newton     18th August 1944 -27th May 2017

YPU Judge and Lecturer, Michael Newton has died at the age of 72, Many photographic club members in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester will have had their work appraised by Michael over a period lasting 46 years.  His learned style combined with scientific and photographic knowledge made him a welcome visitor on the circuit. His specialism was Nature photography and his advice helped many to understand the subject matter which they photographed. In recent years he also took to lecturing using his knowledge to present an audio-visual talk on the work of the nature photographer, Thomas Beaumont jointly with his Thomas’s daughter, Mrs M Beaumont. 

From his obituary in the Halifax Courier I understand something of Michael’s extraordinary breadth of interests. His career had been in teaching. Besides being a member of Hebden Bridge Camera Club, Michael contributed significantly to his community.  He was instrumental in the fight to protect Hardcastle Crags from being flooded as a reservoir, helping preserve its beauty for all to enjoy. As a member of Calder Civic Trust he used his skills with images to produce slideshows promoting the regeneration of the Hebden Royd area from the late 1960s. Enthusiasm for learning and teaching ranged from being part of a team of scientists who developed the prototype in Southampton University for what would eventually become Lego Technics. Together with his wife Joyce, Michael was a founder members of Hebden Bridge Twinning Society with links to the French twin town St Pol Sur Ternoise and German town of Warstein.  He was a lover of music, a long-standing member of Hebden Bridge Trades Club, a member of Hebden Bridge International Group, Hebden Bridge Little Theatre and Hebden Bridge Wine Circle. A keen walker, he often joined with friends in the Ossett Walking Group. 
Michael was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the local and wider community.  Our thoughts are with his wife Joyce and his family whilst they come to terms with their loss.

Alan Stopher


A splendid outside wall hanging now advertises the YPU Exhibition. Thanks go to Tim Sawyer of Ilkley CC for the use of his image. The PAGB print entry has now been taken down for entry to the national championship on 3rd June and 45 replacement prints have been put up in their place. To the left hand side is a download listing the newly hung prints. With a quarter of the print exhibition changing, how about another visit to Huddersfield to see the revised exhibition?

Those who received awards and certificates at the YPU Assembly in Huddersfield can look for and download official photographs from the following Dropbox link:

Thanks go to Graham Sykes for recording the event.

Hire of Frames by YPU Clubs

The YPU has a stock of frames it uses at the annual exhibition however they can be used and there is no charge for clubs to use the frames.

The frames are stored at Carleton Community Centre, Carleton Road, Pontefract WF8 3RJ. The clubs must arrange their own collection and return.

The frames are only available for a limited time throughout the year, they are being used at the Wath salon from late November to early January.

The YPU will need access to the frames from March to early June for the Annual Exhibition.

The frames will be given out on a first come first served basis. As other clubs may request the frames it is important to inform us of any changes of dates or cancellation to your Exhibition.

Hire of YPU and PAGB Shows on CD

The following folios are available for the syllabus secretaries to place in their programmes for members to enjoy. The YPU Exhibition ones are purchased and yours to keep, so you can fit them in your programme anywhere you wish. The PAGB ones will need to be passed on to the next club after viewing so a date when you require them is needed. You will be notified where they will come from and who you need to pass them on to after viewing.

Postage Costs.  Postage is now free & will be covered by the YPU.

All the YPU & PAGB folios are in a CD format. The YPU ones you retain. The PAGB ones which you hire cost £5 each & require a booking date.