29 October 2021

Clay Cross 2022  National Projected Image Exhibition.


Entries for the 2022 Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition

Entries open: Monday 29th of November 2021

Entries close: Sunday 30th January 2022 at 23:59.

Selection dates: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2022.

All other details to be confirmed and the exhibition page updated when details become available.

28 July 2021

Les Unwin - 1947 to 2021 – A tribute by Keith Brown



Les was a local lad, born in Chesterfield, and attended Tapton House Grammar before attaining a degree in Civil Engineering at Sheffield Polytechnic. He Married Beryl in 1970 and, despite his illness, he enjoyed celebrating their golden anniversary last October with his daughter Claire, son in law Jonty, grandchildren Ben and Sophie and a few friends.


Les worked for Derbyshire County Council for the majority of his career.   Retiring in 2007 as maintenance manager for South Derbyshire's Roads, he extended his interest in travel and his uncanny ability to navigate better than a sat nav seemed to develop even further.  Beryl and Les now began to “holiday in earnest” (not that he was greedy - six or seven trips a year was sufficient!!) From Russia, Iceland and Estonia in the north; to Australia and New Zealand in the south; to Canada and western USA in the west; with Spain, Portugal, France and the Canary Isles being favourites.


Les always found the time to help others and, as well as being sympathetic, would put his mind to ways in which he could help in a practical way, from helping me replace my front room floor and drawing up plans for an extension, to helping Claire and family renovate their house.  He became involved with the charity, Scope, becoming first the regional Chairman, then national treasurer (being invited to a Buckingham Palace garden-party for his services). He was also president of Clay Cross Probus, where he organised and led monthly walks. Joining Chesterfield RSPB, Les became Chairman, then treasurer, as well as organising minibus trips. After regaining his interest in photography (he had achieved an ‘O’ level in the subject earlier), he joined Clay Cross Photographic Society and later agreed to become treasurer. Les was also instrumental in the organisation and running of the Clay Cross National Exhibition when the club successfully relaunched the Exhibition in 2013 after a gap of several years.


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, members had not seen anything of Les for the last 18 months or so, but he still retained his interest and affection for the club until the last. Fittingly I was able to present him with two awards from this year’s exhibition, for “Best Clay Cross Member” images in both Nature and Mono categories, whilst he was still well enough to appreciate winning them.


At the end, his health declined rapidly but, thanks to Beryl, his daughter Claire and help from Ashgate Hospice nurses he spent his last days and hours peacefully, mainly pain-free at home.  Beryl has asked me to thank the club for its donation to Ashgate Hospice, which will enable it to help others in similar circumstances, just as they helped Les and herself.

Les has been a great friend to my wife and me for almost fifty years. He was a good husband, a fine father and a loving grandfather. He had a good life and a successful one. He will be missed by many but there are many who will have never met him - be they people who have used the roads he helped design, maintain and clear, or who have benefited from his roles in charities and organisations - who will continue to be thankful that he lived.


He was a good man. Rest In Peace, Les.


30th April 2021

Winter Meetings 2021-2022

CXPS are due to resume meetings at St Mary's Centre, Church Street, Pilsley, Derbyshire, S45 8EX on the 6th September 2021 but if Covid 19 restrictions are still in place, we will carry on the programme as On-Line Zoom Presentations where possible.

A primary requirement of returning to St. Mary's is the need for thorough cleaning of all facilities after each use. A key concern for your committee is who would be responsible for carrying out these activities and verifying compliance.

Consultations are ongoing with regard to resolving this issue.

Summer 2021, 10 Image Competition.


During the summer break please take 5 photographs of any subject, but then produce 5 in colour and the same 5 in mono, 10 images in all 5 + 5.

Images may be tidied up (removal of obtrusive or offensive bits and pieces.)

All tools for improving an image may be used including NIK software etc for mono conversion.

The addition of components from other images is not allowed.

The summer break starts after the AGM which is on the 24th May 2021.

All images are to be taken between 24th May and 30th July 2021.

Send all your images to the Competition Secretary (Graham) to be received by the 31st July 2021.


21st January 2021


We will be continuing with virtual meetings via Zoom for the rest of the season through to the end of May 2021. The new programme is available to view and download on the programme page.


1st December 2020

The Clay Cross National Projected Image Competition will be going ahead in 2021 despite Covid-19 restrictions!

Entries open on Tuesday 1st December 2020 and will be online only.

For more information click here.

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