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Jan Clements MBE

 

It was with great sadness and dismay that we learnt of Jan's passing on the 15th July 2018.

 

Jan joined the Whitley Bay Photographic Society in the early 1980s. She was Social Secretary from 1988-99 and President from 1991-92. In 1999 she took over from husband Ron as Secretary and has held the post ever since.

 

Jan was also secretary for the North Tyne area of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation where she and Ron have been ably representing our club interests for several years.

 

It's largely due to Jan that we present AV shows to outside organisations. She has organised and presented and was the point of contact for them.

 

Jan was central to the organisation of Tomorrow's History in 2001. This was a collaborative effort by all club members to record aspects of North Tyneside in the new millenium. A digital archive was lodged with the Libraries Department. Jan also organised several public exhibitions of members' work at various venues. This often involved arranging funding from grant authorities.

 

Jan won the Lloyd Trophy (beginners' slides) in 1988 and the Gowan Trophy (intermediate slides) in 1990. However her real photographic love was in the creation of audio visual sequences and from 1998 to 2002, she and Ron between them monopolised the club AV Championship – in the good old days of dual projectors and slides and taped soundtracks. Nowadays it's all digital and PicturesToExe and Jan and Ron embraced this new world enthusiastically and with sequences that have got better and better. Some sequences were made together, others were individual. Examples were La Gomera in the Canaries, the Cotswolds, Isle of Wight and the Trossachs. Some had a historical flavor; Chester, Saltaire and the Blue Plaques of North Tyneside. Local subjects included South Shields and Wallington Hall. And then there were the special sequences on children's author Robert Westall and on the National Centre for Children's Books at Seven Stories in Ouseburn.

 

Jan was a librarian by profession and during a distinguished career was Head of the Schools Library Service for North Tyneside. She was Chair of the Northern Children's Book Festival and in 1996 received an MBE for services to the festival. She was Chair of the Board of Trustees for Seven Stories and served on many of its committees.

 

Jan was fluent in French and passed grade 8 in piano. With Ron, she was a member of the Phoenix Walking Club. She was truly a person of many talents and interests.

 

Jan was good natured with an infectious smile. She was often our first point of contact with new members and visitors, always welcoming and friendly. She was always willing to help with the unseen jobs of tea making and cleaning. She was very organised and thorough and was the perfect secretary for our club and a most valuable support to the serving president.

 

A good friend to all of us, Jan will be very sorely missed in the club and in the North Tyne area. To Ron, we share in your loss and extend our deepest and warmest sympathy.