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Redbridge clubs news: Wanstead and Woodford Photographic Society club member gains prestigious award, Redbridge Rotary Club and Ilford Diabetic Club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 April 2016

Robert Gibbons stunning photograph of purple Calla Lilies which gained him an associate distinction with  the  Royal Photographic Society. Photo: Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons stunning photograph of purple Calla Lilies which gained him an associate distinction with the Royal Photographic Society. Photo: Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

Robert Gibbons stunning photo of an orange Frittalaria which gained him an associate distinction with  the  Royal Photographic Society. Photo: Robert GibbonsRobert Gibbons stunning photo of an orange Frittalaria which gained him an associate distinction with the Royal Photographic Society. Photo: Robert Gibbons

Wanstead and Woodford Photographic Society

A member of the photography club has been awarded a top title from an organisation which dates back to the 19th century.

Robert Gibbons, 73, of Dames Road, Forest Gate, who has been a member of the Wanstead club for six years, gained an associate distinction with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

Mr Gibbons had to submit 15 pictures of flowers and had to show what made his work unique, along with technical skill.

Redbridge Rotary Club member, Sheila Diamond, shared her polio and Second World War experience with the gorup. Photo: Sharon NathansonRedbridge Rotary Club member, Sheila Diamond, shared her polio and Second World War experience with the gorup. Photo: Sharon Nathanson

“My wife likes flowers and we like flowers in the house,” said Mr Gibbons. “The images were taken in my loft studio.”

Showing a skilled hand, Mr Gibbons took multiple points of focus for each flower in different shots and merged them together.

He added: “I am delighted. It’s nice when you do something to achieve [an award].”

The photographer is now setting his sites on an RPS fellowship.

For information or to join visit woodfordandwansteadphotosoc.co.uk

Redbridge Rotary Club

Rotarians held their weekly meeting on Tuesday and discussed the progress of their efforts to eradicate polio in the third world countries.

Member Sheila Diamond led group discussions and shared how she caught polio when she was evacuated during the Second World War.

Mrs Diamond stressed she was a survivor rather than a sufferer as, at that time, many died of this disease.

She said: “Those who did survive were left with permanent physical disabilities.”

Around 120,000 people across the UK live with post-polio syndrome. Symptoms include persistent fatigure, muscle weakness and joint pain.

There are now only two countries where polio exists – Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The club welcomes new

members and meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Luigi’s Restaurant, Beehive Lane. Gants Hill. Visit redbridgerotaryclub.org for futher details

Ilford and District Diabetic Club

The club is inviting people living with diabetes to attend its next meeting on Tuesday.

The event to be held in the drawing room of Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford, will also include the group’s 57th annual general meeting.

Dr Bobby Huda, honorary senior lecture at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, will be the special guest speaker on the use of technology in treating diabetes.

An entrance fee of £2 will be charged and refreshments will be included.

For more information contact Joan on 07985 27744


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