Junction 36 Photo Club
It is official, Holme and District Photographic Society, following a unanimous vote (only one "no", and one abstention) its membership has decided to rename the club the "Junction 36 Photo Club".
So why the name change?
Firstly, many people who liven the local catchment area do not know where the village of Holme is. (Me included when I was first introduced). This was shown to be apparent during the past two Northern Photographic Show exhibitions at Rheged, when many interested visitors had to have the village location explained.
Secondly, the club no longer meets in the village of Holme, having out grown the tiny village hall which also had limited parking. The new village hall location in Burton in Kendal is bigger and has better parking facilities.
So a club named after a village that few, apart from those in the immediate area, knew of the location and, that it met in a different village hall was leading to confusion for potential new members.
The name Junction 36 comes from Junction 36 of the M6. Rather than a village or town name, Junction 36 is a fixed immovable geographic location. It is a point of access to the whole Lake District and South Cumbria including Kendal, North West Lancashire including Milnthorpe, Arnside, Silverdale and Carnforth. It also provides access towards the Howgill Fells and the North Western corner of the Yorkshire Dales. The club has members from all these areas. If in future we have to relocate to another venue in the area for the club meetings, Junction 36 will still be close by and relevant.
The auction mart complex at Junction36 is also a great rendezvous point for club days out.
As Holme & District Photographic Society has a good competition record and reputation amongst all the clubs the surrounding areas, the decision to change the name was not taken lightly. The main thing to remember is; it is the people within the club who make it great, not its name. With our current line up of talented members, and hopefully a few new faces, we will continue to be tour de force in the local photographic club scene.