Haven Ports

Meets: The Library, Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre, Carr Road, Felixstowe Dock, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at, at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise stated.

Contact: Derek Sands, 33 Portland Crescent, Dovercourt, Essex. CO12 3QH.

Tel. 01255 507017.

Email. dereksands54@gmail.com

Program for 2023

All meetings on Second Thursday of the Month unless other wise stated.

Physical Meetings held at Seafarers Centre, Felixstowe Dock. Start time 7.30pm
Zoom Meetings as indicated. Start time 8pm

Jan. 12th : Zoom Meeting “Its cold out there” Images from Northern climes. (compiled by
Derek Sands)
Feb. 9th : Zoom Meeting “Images from the Malcolm Cornes collection” (Compiled by Derek
March 9th : Seafarers “Images from Istanbul” by Mick Warrick
April 13th : Seafarers “London Docks” a further look photos from London Docks by Ian Wells.
May 11th : Seafarers “John Hall Memorial show” slides from John’s collection, (compiled by
Derek Sands)
June 8th : Seafarers TBA
July 13th : Seafarers TBA
August : No formal Meeting a social daytime gathering at the “Shipwreck” Shotley Marina
date and time TBA
Sept. 14th: Seafarers TBA
Oct. 12th : Zoom TBA
Nov. 9th : AGM and images from members (Zoom)
December: No Meeting.

Branch Notes

November 2023

The branch held its AGM on 9th November at the Seafarers centre, Felixstowe Dock.
Apologies were given by Graham Dines and David Hazell, with eight members attending the AGM.
Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer gave their reports, with the branch still being very solvent

With their being no nominations the current officers agreed to serve for another year, and were
voted into office unanimously.

Chairman Ron Davies, Secretary Derek Sands, Treasurer and Vice Chair, David Pomroy.
Committee Steve Thomas (Zoom) and Neil Davidson (Newsletter Editor).

After a long discussion regarding the branches future, with small attendances and ageing
membership to the fore. It was decided that the branch would continue to meet with a much reduced

There will be no meetings in January, March, May, July October or December.
Zoom meetings will be held in February and September. Physical meetings will be held at the
Felixstowe Museum, Veiwpoint Road in April, June and November (AGM) and a social gathering at
The Shipwreck Pub, Shotley Marina in August. It is anticipated that due to changes at the Seafarers
Centre, our current venue will become unavailable in the New Year.

After the AGM Mick Warrick and Derek Sands showed some colour slides.

A program will be produced in the near future.

July 2023

Providing the source material has been copied in time for July, Derek Sands will show images taken by the late John Hall. This will also serve as a memorial to him and his dedication to the branch and all his friends in ship photography. 

June 2023

For the June Meeting Derek Sands will be showing Images from the Haven Ports from Ten years ago. 

May 2023

Ron Davies will be showing slides from Southampton and South Wales ports at the May branch meeting. The slides date from 1966 to around 1972, I am sure there will be some gems amongst them.

March 2023

The branch’s March meeting was held at the Seafarers Centre, Felixstowe after two zoom meetings earlier in the year. It featured a look at shipping on the Bosphorus by Mick Warrick. 

This busy waterway is a mecca for ship photographers. Its a shame not more members and invited guests could not make the presentation, due to worries about the weather, delays due to road accidents etc.


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