APAGB awarded to Morpeth Camera Club Member - Tuesday 10th November 2015.

At Morpeth Methodist Church, on Tuesday 10th November 2015, Davy Bolam was presented with an Award from the
Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) for Meritorious Service by the National body to whom MCC is affiliated,
through the Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF).

This is a national award that can only be gained by confidential recommendation to the relevant Sub-Committee of
the PAGB Executive, and approved by the full Executive Committee. Extracts from the presentation speech by Life
President of Morpeth Camera Club, Vince Rooker, DPAGB, EFIAP, APAGB prior to the Club’s Big Event Evening, outline
some of the criteria and objectives that must be met.

“Each organisation needs workers, some do more than others, and some are exceptional. We have one such worker
in the audience tonight. It is easy for a club to say “Well done!” to an individual, but that can soon be forgotten in the
‘rough and tumble’ of club life. In 1984, the PAGB Committee realised that, as well as awards for photographic excellence,
something else was needed to commend individuals, who do more than is normal to maintain our great hobby without
participation in competitions outside the boundaries of their individual club. They began making individual awards to
individuals for Meritorious Service, not by giving a financial reward, but by permitting them to display the letters APAGB
after their name, for all time, together and a pin to wear, commemorating the event. Since 1984, only 504 such awards
have been given in Great Britain, and their names are recorded in the annual PAGB Handbook.
So far, only two members of Morpeth Club can claim APAGB. I happen to be one; the other was my late wife, Joan. We
received the award for work outside the club, either in the NCPF, or outside in the UK, for organising events for other
There are of course, many people who give years of service to one club, but rarely show themselves outside in the wider photographic world. The PAGB recognise this, and in exceptional cases will give an award to such individuals, but it is not
easily gained. Tonight, I have the privilege of presenting this award to another Morpeth Camera Club member.
Long service is obviously a pre requisite, and with over 30 years of continuous membership, this certainly applies.
Whenever volunteer organisers are needed to maintain the club, he is always involved; indeed he has organised Club
and Interclub competitions for many years with great success; on occasion taking the Club to compete nationally against
others in the United Kingdom. With the introduction of the Internet, he has transformed an embryo M.C.C. website, into
one which is nationally appreciated. His work does not stop at the close of the club season. Every year since 2007 he has
run and organised summer walks and events giving members’ photographic opportunities. By now, you will have probably
realised that I am describing Davy Bolam.
Davy Bolam APAGB, will you please come forward to receive the Certificate and Pin Badge as the latest recipient of the
Photographic Alliance Award for Meritorious Service.”

A recently retired police officer, Davy is a Morpeth resident, not only contributing to MCC, but also active in the community
and various local charities and organisations.


                                        Vince Rooker, Davy Bolam and Northern Counties Photographic Federation
                                                  PAGB Representative Richard Speirs APAGB DPAGB BPE2*.