Crewe’s Steampunk Convivial and food festival took place this bank holiday weekend and as you may recall from my previous emails our members were invited to enjoy photographing the event and pass their photographs to the town council. In return the council have given us credit and publicity for the photographs with links to our website and facebook pages. They also generously gave us a free stall in their Steampunk Market at the Lifestyle centre for the full three days.

A big thank you to Jo, Meg, Dolores and Martin Smith for helping to man it and for talking to the many visitors who showed an interest in our stall. The council also initiated the idea of holding a photographic competition for the public to enter and for us to judge. They’ve promised to donate two cups for the winning entries and we have offered a free years membership to CPS. The mayor is to present the cups to the winners and a press release will be submitted to the local press. This is giving us even more publicity. We gave out over 40 programmes and competition leaflets during the weekend so we hope this will lead to some new members.

There was a steady flow of steampunks floating around town in their amazing costumes. We spoke to one guy who had come from near New York and loved sunny Crewe! There were quite a few visitors from other camera clubs from places like Leyland, Cardiff and Newcastle. Although the event was smaller than previous years the town was still quite busy with entertainment in the town and Memorial squares.  Thank you to those who have photographed the event and offered them for the town councils publicity. If any members have any photographs to pass on please let me know.

On Saturday, 7th.July, Crewe hosts a ‘Traction’ Carnival. After last year’s event some of our members kindly donated some photographs to the town council that they used on their website. The main attraction then and again this year is the ‘Spareparts’ carnival. These creative people build crazy vehicles from spare parts and cycle them around town putting on an entertaining show. Some of our members have agreed to photograph the event again and donate some of their photographs which will help heighten our clubs reputation.