In 1962, a small group of photography enthusiasts broke away from the long-standing Hastings and St Leonards Camera Club to create their own association. It was agreed with the caveat that the newly formed club was based outside their area and did not mention the town’s name. Ore and St Helens Camera Club was born, and succeeded in celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012. During this time the club met at several different venues within the town, currently meeting at the newly named St Leonards Methodist Church Hall (formerly Park Road Methodist Church). However, Hastings and St Leonards Camera Club folded in 2004. From the mid 70’s we took part in the Hastings/Dordrecht exchange visit programme (Dordrecht being one of the towns twinned with Hastings), one-year hosting members from the DAF Dordrecht Camera Club and the next year travelling to Holland. This continued until the late 80’s / early 90’s, but contact continued with prints and slides being sent to and fro for comment and discussion, leading to the annual award of the Dordrecht Trophy between the two clubs. Over the years Ore and St Helens Camera Club has taken part in county competitions in both Kent and Sussex, meeting photographers from a wide area. When they ask from where we come, they seem to be confused when we give our name!! Having got tired of not being recognised by our name and being free of the original caveats, the decision by the current committee was made to change our name with effect from September 1st, 2016 to Hastings & Ore Photographic Club.

This now pins us to a recognised known location, yet allows us to keep part of our original name. We look forward to a continued and successful future with members of all ages and abilities taking part and enjoying the atmosphere of our friendly club with our sights set on reaching our diamond anniversary.