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A major activity of the PhotoGroup is maintaining and developing a photgraphic record of the Chilterns for archival purposes and for general use by the Chiltern Society.

By recording the region's special character, qualities and amenities, these records form a valuable pictorial archive for future generations. Members’ individual photographic projects, as well as images taken during the PhotoGroup’s outdoor events, contribute to the library. It also includes collections donated in the past.

We also photograph special projects, such as chalk stream work and historic building research. Our largest project to-date features the best of Chiltern churches comprising 200 images taken by nine photographers. Another major project features three routes of the Chiltern Railways through the Chilterns.

There are now over 7,000 captioned pictures, taken in villages and towns throughout the Chilterns, which can be seen in our website.


Outdoor meetings

Our next meeting is on Thursday 22 September 2016 for photoshoots in the villages of Lane End, Wheeler End, Fingest and Cadmore End. We meet at 10:15 in the car park of the Grouse & Ale, High Street, Lane End, HP14 3JG. Lane End lies approximately three miles north of the River Thames on the western edge of the Chiltern Hills. Four miles to the east lies High Wycombe and immediately to the north is the M40 motorway. The village has several Grade II listed buildings and numerous other significant buildings which contribute to the local character.

Please park at the rear of the Grouse & Ale's car park away from the road. Ample free car parking is also available within the village. Anthony Howlett-Bolton the event organiser, will take lunch orders before we set off. Lunch is booked for 1 PM and there is a good selection of beers.

Indoor meetings

The PhotoGroup's AGM is on Saturday 22 October, followed by a presentation by Allen Beechey of the Rivers & Wetlands Group on chalk rivers and streams in the Chilterns.

We hold indoor meetings from 10.30am to 12.30pm in The Lounge. Amersham Community Centre in Chiltern Avenue, Amersham new town, HP6 5AH. Free parking is available at weekends in the nearby Council Offices car park to the south of the Centre on the south side of King George V Road.

PhotoGroup 2017 Online Exhibition

Now in its thirteenth year, the Online Photographic Exhibition is a ‘must-see’ event for anyone who enjoys fine photography. The deadline for the 2017 edition is 20 November 2016. It is open to all Chiltern Society members. Entries must be recorded within the UK, including the Chilterns of course. Images may be taken using a digital camera, a smart-phone, an iPad or similar tablet. There are five categories and up to 15 photographs in total can be entered. Full details can be found at www.chilternphoto.org.uk

Below is just a glance at the sort of photographic records we make.

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Picture: Halton Wood edge by S McCartin.

Can you help?

Any Chiltern Society member may join the PhotoGroup and take new photographs for possible publication on the Group’s website – giving you the opportunity to take photographs locally, or further afield, with expenses paid. There’s a useful photographer’s guide on our website.


You’re very welcome to join in our photographic activities and come to our informal morning meetings, which have a very non-camera club style and usually focus on the photographic work we’re doing in the Chilterns. We welcome all newcomers and hope that if you do visit us, you’ll enjoy the social side of our meetings as much as the pictures you’ll see. Please phone Barry Hunt for more information on 01494 713345, or email him here.

All indoor meetings are held at The Lounge, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham. Free parking is available at weekends at the nearby Council Offices in King George V Road.