Club News - September 2021

Jack Pygott CPAGB

(15th May 1933 – 28th September 2021)

It is with the greatest sadness that we report the loss of our Honorary Life Vice-President, Jack Pygott, who passed away peacefully in his sleep overnight on Monday, the 27/28th September 2021. 

Jack was one of the longest serving members of  Northallerton Camera Club, having joined in about 1977.  He was  a working member of our Committee for some twenty-three years.  Appointed to the Committee in 1979, he was also Treasurer from 1983 to 1985.  He served as Chairman from 1986 until 1988 then as President for three years until 1991. He continued as a Committee member for three years until becoming Press Officer for a year in 1994. From 1995 until 1999 he served as Annual Exhibition Officer, before returning to the role of Press Officer until 2002.

In 2000 he was appointed as Honorary Vice President, an honour that he held until the club appointed him as their Honorary Life Vice-President in 2009, the highest recognition the club can give, and a position he has held until now.  

Whilst Jack’s service to the club is beyond question, he was also a very good photographer in his own right, winning various club trophies over the years, starting in 1984 with the Hall Cup for Intermediate Slides. He also won the Bob Robinson Cup for Beginners Prints in 1987. From there he went on to win the Milnes Cup for the Best Print on two occasions, the Full Measure Trophy as the Best Slide worker, also on two occasions. 

In addition, over the years he won the Members Nights Trophy for Prints, The Roebuck Trophy for Summer Outings, The Boersma Literary Award, and the Deakin Trophy.  In 1997 he was one of the first of our members to be awarded the CPAGB distinction.

Well done Northallerton, this was a fantastic result and thanks to all those who submitted entries, whether or not they were included in the Club Entries or the individual competitions, without you this result would not have been possible.

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He was also a club judge for about 30 years as well as presenting Slide shows for the club, including a memorable one on his trip with his wife Audrey to Canada.  But above all, I am sure he will be remembered as a lovely man who gave unstinting support not only to the club as a whole, but especially to newer and less experienced members. I still remember the warm and friendly greeting he gave to me as a new member back in the early to mid-eighties.

We at Northallerton Camera Club have lost a true friend but at this time our thoughts are with his wife, Audrey, their two children, John and Janet, as well as his wider family.

Now this is what you call showing off!

A few weeks ago we reported on the success of our members in the Annual UPP Exhibition. Well, this weekend four of our members travelled down to Birmingham to the UPP‘s Annual get togethjer at Hillscourt.

As part of the event there is a display of all the best entries submitted into circle competitions throughout the year, which have also been judged on a national basis. Each Circle’s most successful prints and PDI are displayed or shown for all to see and enjoy.

We commented in our earlier article on the awards that were gained at national level, especially the fact that Miles Langthorne, our Vice-Chairman had gained two awards, but imaging our surprise when we saw the display of his circles best prints, each and everyone were Miles’s photos, as can be seen from this snap we took.

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Well done Miles, you along with many others are a credit to our club and it was great to see your work displayed so prominently.