July 21 at CADWA ***Note – Starting early, so 7pm for a 7.30 start *** – Bert Whittlestone Memorial Evening. We welcome Bert’s family to join us as we celebrate his life with SLPS.

Bert Whittlestone

Bert Whittlestone

Mal Holmes writes ….

“Tonight, the Society gathered to remember the rich life, of one of our former Presidents, Committee members, and friend to all…
The evening got under way at 7:30.pm, with the additional guests of Bert’s close family members and a cohort of work colleagues, from his days in the fire service… Simon, (our current Society President) introduced us to our attending guests, and Martin (Former President) set the evening in motion, calling for the lights to be turned off… but as Martin was reading from a script… it soon became apparent that reading in total darkness was likely to be a problem, so subduded lighting was called for…
Martin took us through Bert’s early life and interests, as he worked his way up the ‘progression’ lader in career terms, in the Fire Service, with Images and interests to take him to retirement…
As part of the evening… Martin showed us a Calendar of ‘Fireman’ subjects… which he had produced and started to show…Now I can hear the gears moving in the brain… and I was tempted to shout “Aya Aye…Keep it Clean” lol…. but… there were thankfully no worries on that part… lol
Once in retirement, Bert joined an SLPS trip to Venice organised by Martin, on that trip he took a Canon ‘Ixus’ to capture the sights… but upon seeing the range and quality of Martin’s images… he was hooked, and quickly evolved into a ‘Photographer’ studying and enjoying different genres in the ‘art’.
Martin moved on to showing Bert’s imagery from many travels around the globe, after his wife, Alison, passed on… and in a number of personal recollections Bert and I shared together… I recall him telling me… He and Alison were ‘childhood’ sweethearts who met a school and stayed together for life…. a rare love…
At half time… Simon announced Bert’s Famillies super donation of a new shield AWARD, for the ‘BEST’ image of the year… to be decided by the Society’s Current President (and future Presidents)… This years award and the ‘First’… was awarded to Sarah Bevan, for her wonderful B&W image… ‘Leopard in Tree’… a truly, worthy winner.
After ‘tea’, Martin, gave us a real treat by showing the Society, a small selection of Berts award winning Society images, including his visits to India, Egypt, Africa, Europe etc… a fantastic showing…
The night ended with Martin, showing a wonderful poignant AV (video) produced in the Covid years, in memory of Bert, when Ed Foy one of the Society members organised a Macmillan Coffee event on behalf of Bert.”
You can view it below…