About Parkwood Camera Club

Parkwood Camera Club in Rainham Kent is affiliated to the Kent County Photographic Association and the Photographic Association of Great Britain (PAGB). We are a vibrant and growing club founded in 1980 so we are a fairly young club compared to other clubs that originated in the early 1900’s. However membership has been growing steadily making us one of the larger clubs in the Kent area.

The club is amply equipped for both digitally projected and print competitions, and lighting setups for studio evenings. The studio lights are available for members to borrow. Our other available equipment also allows members to calibrate computer monitor screens and printers. These benefits, plus help from established members, and tutorial sessions, are available to all members, in addition to the programme of events during the year.

The club’s varied programme includes competitions, organised studio sessions, lectures from knowledgeable guest speakers, photographic outings, and hands-on demonstrations.

Each year the winner of our premier internal club competition is presented with the much coveted Parkwood Cup trophy. This competition consists of three rounds and the member gaining the most points during the year is presented with the trophy to keep for the following year. We also hold competitions with other local clubs throughout the year.

Our friendly club evenings also include regular interactive/social evenings where we just socialise and exchange information to help each other to improve our photography.

We are based in Parkwood, Rainham, and our members come from all over the Medway Towns, and other areas in Kent. The club meets at Parkwood Community Centre most Mondays except for the 2nd week in each month, when we meet on Tuesdays (See Programme).

We also have regular photo shoot outings in the summer months.

We were one of the first camera clubs in Kent to have a website back in the early days of the internet, in the late 1990s. We have developed our website information for both current and prospective members so they can find information about the club and photography in general.

For any further enquires please contact one of the committee below:


Kevin Towler – Chairman
Andrew Hayes – Programme Secretary & Acting Vice Chairman
Louise Hubbard / Stephen Long – Club Secretary
Roger Nolan LRPS – Treasurer
Dave Belsham – Internal Competition Secretary
Alan Bourne – External Competition Secretary
Paul Lam – Membership Secretary
Kev Bell – Equipment Officer
Steve New – Members Representative

Non Committee Role:

TBA – Webmaster

We normally meet at Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Gillingham on Monday evenings 8:00PM – 10:00PM.
However on the second week in each month, we meet on Tuesday evenings at the Parkwood Centre 8:00PM – 10:00PM. (See programme)
The Parkwood Centre has bar facilities and is wheelchair friendly.

Membership Fee:

The normal yearly fee is £40 a year per person, although there are discounts for couples and joining part way through a season (click here for details).