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History of the Fosse Co op Camera Club

During the 1939-45 war, working at Taylor Hobson the photographic lens manufacturers in Byford Road, Leicester, were two people who were both interested in photography.
One, Ted Chapman who then lived at 162 Fosse Road North, and the other Albert Poxon living in Oban Street, Leicester, through their mutual interest, discussed forming a photographic club together with two other Taylor Hobson employees, whose names the records cannot recall.

So it was arranged, and on a Friday evening in 1943 the first meeting was held at Albert Poxons house. Then came Maurice Mason and Ralph …. And the group was also joined by Wilf Brown. From the ensuing discussions they decided the name should be “The Fosse F8”
For approximately twelve months the weekly Friday evening meetings continued, when several more people became interested. It was then decided to hire one of the small upstairs rooms at Fosse Road Methodist Church, now with a membership of about twelve.
From this first meeting until the present day the Club has held its meetings on a Friday evening. At some time during those years, with an increase in membership, it was thought fit to change the name to “Fosse Camera Club”.
The Club still had its home at the Fosse Road Methodist Church, although, in the later years, in the large downstairs hall until 1985.
For various reasons, by majority vote the Club changed its home to the Fosse Neighbourhood Centre, (formerly Mantle Road School). As the old Mantle Road School was due to be turned into an Art Centre the Club had to move again in 2000 and for three seasons held their meetings at the West End Community Centre, Andrewes Street.
Here the bookings became unreliable and so The Fosse Camera Club then moved to its very comfortable present accommodation at St Peter’s Church Centre, West Holme Street in 2003.

Since 2005 our name has changed to Fosse Co-op Camera Club as we are grateful to the Midlands Central England Co-operative Society for their Sponsorship.