Photo enthusiasts launch Facebook page to boost the beauties of Malvern

Malvern Gazette: Photo enthusiasts launch Facebook page to  boost the beauties of Malvern Photo enthusiasts launch Facebook page to boost the beauties of Malvern

MALVERN's Beacon Camera Club is creating a new Facebook page to allow photographers old and new to post photos of the hills, the town and the surrounding area.

The club has launched the page to take advantage of all the opportunities the local area offers to photographers.

Club chairman Ian Thompson said: “ e are delighted to be using the power of social media to allow anyone with a camera, a mobile phone or a tablet to post images to record and celebrate the beauty of the Malvern area."

Malvern mayor Julian Roskams praised the club's initiative, saying: “ A great photographer once said 'photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.'

"For many years now through their work and their wonderful public exhibitions, Beacon Camera Club have allowed us not just to see our wonderful town and its surroundings, but to feel it, to experience it. And now they are offering everyone the opportunity to express their feelings through their photography – an initiative I warmly welcome."

Beacon Camera Club has been in operation for over 40 years and now has over 125 members. It meets every Thursday at Malvern Vale Community Centre, where it hosts presentations by skilled photographers, instructional evenings on photographic software and technique, and competitions.

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9:06am Fri 18 Jul 14

the-cynic says...

While I applaud the efforts of the Beacon Camera Club and I note the photo accompanying this article shows a Mountain Bike leaning against against the Toposcope at the Beacon.

I believe that Mountain Bikes should be banned from the hills for the following reasons:

a) They erode the pathways on the hills causing deep muddy ruts, which have to be repaired at great cost by Malvern Conservators.

b) A great number of the riders are totally irresponsible and tear around at breakneck speeds.

I walk on the the hills almost daily and have witnessed numerous incidents where walkers have been forced off the paths by cyclists.

On two occasions I have been hit by out of control cyclists. On neither occasion did the cyclist either stop or apologise.

In short, they are a menace and should be banned.
While I applaud the efforts of the Beacon Camera Club and I note the photo accompanying this article shows a Mountain Bike leaning against against the Toposcope at the Beacon. I believe that Mountain Bikes should be banned from the hills for the following reasons: a) They erode the pathways on the hills causing deep muddy ruts, which have to be repaired at great cost by Malvern Conservators. b) A great number of the riders are totally irresponsible and tear around at breakneck speeds. I walk on the the hills almost daily and have witnessed numerous incidents where walkers have been forced off the paths by cyclists. On two occasions I have been hit by out of control cyclists. On neither occasion did the cyclist either stop or apologise. In short, they are a menace and should be banned. the-cynic
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9:10am Fri 18 Jul 14

WhyBother says...

the-cynic ......What a ludicrous statement.
the-cynic ......What a ludicrous statement. WhyBother
  • Score: 4

10:02am Fri 18 Jul 14

the-cynic says...

WhyBother.

Which part of my comment is ludicrous?

That the mountain bikes erode the hills? - Check with the Malvern Conservators who pay for the repairs.

That mountain bikers tear around the hills with no concern for the walkers (or their children or dogs)? - Spend a few hours on the hills and you will witness it for yourself!

That I have been struck by reckless cyclists? Therefore are you are calling me a liar?

That cyclists should be banned from the hills?

I re-iterate, mountain bikers are damaging the hills and are a danger and a menace to the people who walk there.

Please be more specific with your comment, or maybe you are one of the irresponsible cyclists who tear around the hills then proceed to ignore the Highway Code and rules of the road by riding on the path and ignoring traffic lights etc. on your way home?
WhyBother. Which part of my comment is ludicrous? That the mountain bikes erode the hills? - Check with the Malvern Conservators who pay for the repairs. That mountain bikers tear around the hills with no concern for the walkers (or their children or dogs)? - Spend a few hours on the hills and you will witness it for yourself! That I have been struck by reckless cyclists? Therefore are you are calling me a liar? That cyclists should be banned from the hills? I re-iterate, mountain bikers are damaging the hills and are a danger and a menace to the people who walk there. Please be more specific with your comment, or maybe you are one of the irresponsible cyclists who tear around the hills then proceed to ignore the Highway Code and rules of the road by riding on the path and ignoring traffic lights etc. on your way home? the-cynic
  • Score: 3

10:30am Fri 18 Jul 14

3thinker says...

the-cynic wrote:
While I applaud the efforts of the Beacon Camera Club and I note the photo accompanying this article shows a Mountain Bike leaning against against the Toposcope at the Beacon.

I believe that Mountain Bikes should be banned from the hills for the following reasons:

a) They erode the pathways on the hills causing deep muddy ruts, which have to be repaired at great cost by Malvern Conservators.

b) A great number of the riders are totally irresponsible and tear around at breakneck speeds.

I walk on the the hills almost daily and have witnessed numerous incidents where walkers have been forced off the paths by cyclists.

On two occasions I have been hit by out of control cyclists. On neither occasion did the cyclist either stop or apologise.

In short, they are a menace and should be banned.
I'm a walker and cyclist so hopefully in a position to take a more balanced view.

Firstly, cyclists should certainly give way to and be considerate to walkers. However, they have every legal right to use bridleways on the Malverns and as a healthy and positive 'recreation' they can't and shouldn't be banned.

Secondly, studies suggest that mountain bikers in general don't actually cause more erosion than walkers and both cause a lot less than horse riders. (see below)

Surely the solution here is not about banning cyclists or for that matter walkers, but about management and encouraging all users of the Malverns to be more responsible in limiting erosion and other environmental impacts (e.g. litter) and treating other users with respect and consideration.

"In fact, several studies indicate that, in certain circumstances, wheels have significantly less impact than feet. Although bike-plus-rider may weigh 20% more than a hiker, wheels roll continuously on a relatively large contact patch, whereas feet strike intermittently, often delivering their impact through a very small area at the heel. This difference in favour of bikes is seen very clearly on moderate downhill slopes. However, it only applies while wheels continue to roll. As soon as a wheel skids, the picture changes. There are clear implications for riding habits here.
On uphill gradients, boot-heels typically do much less damage, and the same is probably true of bikes, as long as wheels continue to roll (and on climbs it’s usually quite hard to spin the wheels except where traction is poor). Again, skillful riding should do less harm.
In general, the research suggests that mountain bikes and walkers are broadly similar in their overall impacts on trails. Continuing the broad generalisation, motorbikes have a significantly greater impact than walkers or cyclists, but less than horses or 4×4 traffic."
[quote][p][bold]the-cynic[/bold] wrote: While I applaud the efforts of the Beacon Camera Club and I note the photo accompanying this article shows a Mountain Bike leaning against against the Toposcope at the Beacon. I believe that Mountain Bikes should be banned from the hills for the following reasons: a) They erode the pathways on the hills causing deep muddy ruts, which have to be repaired at great cost by Malvern Conservators. b) A great number of the riders are totally irresponsible and tear around at breakneck speeds. I walk on the the hills almost daily and have witnessed numerous incidents where walkers have been forced off the paths by cyclists. On two occasions I have been hit by out of control cyclists. On neither occasion did the cyclist either stop or apologise. In short, they are a menace and should be banned.[/p][/quote]I'm a walker and cyclist so hopefully in a position to take a more balanced view. Firstly, cyclists should certainly give way to and be considerate to walkers. However, they have every legal right to use bridleways on the Malverns and as a healthy and positive 'recreation' they can't and shouldn't be banned. Secondly, studies suggest that mountain bikers in general don't actually cause more erosion than walkers and both cause a lot less than horse riders. (see below) Surely the solution here is not about banning cyclists or for that matter walkers, but about management and encouraging all users of the Malverns to be more responsible in limiting erosion and other environmental impacts (e.g. litter) and treating other users with respect and consideration. "In fact, several studies indicate that, in certain circumstances, wheels have significantly less impact than feet. Although bike-plus-rider may weigh 20% more than a hiker, wheels roll continuously on a relatively large contact patch, whereas feet strike intermittently, often delivering their impact through a very small area at the heel. This difference in favour of bikes is seen very clearly on moderate downhill slopes. However, it only applies while wheels continue to roll. As soon as a wheel skids, the picture changes. There are clear implications for riding habits here. On uphill gradients, boot-heels typically do much less damage, and the same is probably true of bikes, as long as wheels continue to roll (and on climbs it’s usually quite hard to spin the wheels except where traction is poor). Again, skillful riding should do less harm. In general, the research suggests that mountain bikes and walkers are broadly similar in their overall impacts on trails. Continuing the broad generalisation, motorbikes have a significantly greater impact than walkers or cyclists, but less than horses or 4×4 traffic." 3thinker
  • Score: -2

11:18am Fri 18 Jul 14

WhyBother says...

the-cynic wrote:
WhyBother.

Which part of my comment is ludicrous?

That the mountain bikes erode the hills? - Check with the Malvern Conservators who pay for the repairs.

That mountain bikers tear around the hills with no concern for the walkers (or their children or dogs)? - Spend a few hours on the hills and you will witness it for yourself!

That I have been struck by reckless cyclists? Therefore are you are calling me a liar?

That cyclists should be banned from the hills?

I re-iterate, mountain bikers are damaging the hills and are a danger and a menace to the people who walk there.

Please be more specific with your comment, or maybe you are one of the irresponsible cyclists who tear around the hills then proceed to ignore the Highway Code and rules of the road by riding on the path and ignoring traffic lights etc. on your way home?
the-cynic, I am not a mountain biker, I only use the hills for running or walking.

The more people that use the hills the better it is for the town, stopping bikers that use the hills would be unfair.

Especially given the information that 3thinker has given.
[quote][p][bold]the-cynic[/bold] wrote: WhyBother. Which part of my comment is ludicrous? That the mountain bikes erode the hills? - Check with the Malvern Conservators who pay for the repairs. That mountain bikers tear around the hills with no concern for the walkers (or their children or dogs)? - Spend a few hours on the hills and you will witness it for yourself! That I have been struck by reckless cyclists? Therefore are you are calling me a liar? That cyclists should be banned from the hills? I re-iterate, mountain bikers are damaging the hills and are a danger and a menace to the people who walk there. Please be more specific with your comment, or maybe you are one of the irresponsible cyclists who tear around the hills then proceed to ignore the Highway Code and rules of the road by riding on the path and ignoring traffic lights etc. on your way home?[/p][/quote]the-cynic, I am not a mountain biker, I only use the hills for running or walking. The more people that use the hills the better it is for the town, stopping bikers that use the hills would be unfair. Especially given the information that 3thinker has given. WhyBother
  • Score: -6

11:44am Fri 18 Jul 14

Casmal says...

I just think the-cynic is missing the point. How sad that he/she has picked upon something as insigificant as the picture and used it to have a rant!

Get a life!!!
I just think the-cynic is missing the point. How sad that he/she has picked upon something as insigificant as the picture and used it to have a rant! Get a life!!! Casmal
  • Score: -3

11:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

Casmal says...

I just think the-cynic is missing the point. How sad that he/she has picked upon something as insigificant as the picture and used it to have a rant!
I just think the-cynic is missing the point. How sad that he/she has picked upon something as insigificant as the picture and used it to have a rant! Casmal
  • Score: -4

11:49am Fri 18 Jul 14

i-cycle says...

I understand the cynic's concerns. Certainly there's no excuse for mountain bikers not giving way to walkers. Cyclists do however have every right to use bridleways and as Why Bother states they can bring considerable economic benefit to the local community as well as providing a healthy option for local residents that is far less polluting than driving around the local area.
I understand the cynic's concerns. Certainly there's no excuse for mountain bikers not giving way to walkers. Cyclists do however have every right to use bridleways and as Why Bother states they can bring considerable economic benefit to the local community as well as providing a healthy option for local residents that is far less polluting than driving around the local area. i-cycle
  • Score: -6

4:12pm Fri 18 Jul 14

bensage says...

the-cynic wrote:
While I applaud the efforts of the Beacon Camera Club and I note the photo accompanying this article shows a Mountain Bike leaning against against the Toposcope at the Beacon.

I believe that Mountain Bikes should be banned from the hills for the following reasons:

a) They erode the pathways on the hills causing deep muddy ruts, which have to be repaired at great cost by Malvern Conservators.

b) A great number of the riders are totally irresponsible and tear around at breakneck speeds.

I walk on the the hills almost daily and have witnessed numerous incidents where walkers have been forced off the paths by cyclists.

On two occasions I have been hit by out of control cyclists. On neither occasion did the cyclist either stop or apologise.

In short, they are a menace and should be banned.
I bike on the hills nearly every day and if step back and watch for even a few minutes I see walkers stepping out infront of bikers waving their arms about making them crash or swerve, I have experienced this many times and have been physically pushed off the edge of a path damaging my bike.
Bikes can erode the hills but if you also look after a large storm has passed lots of the stone and rock has been washed away
[quote][p][bold]the-cynic[/bold] wrote: While I applaud the efforts of the Beacon Camera Club and I note the photo accompanying this article shows a Mountain Bike leaning against against the Toposcope at the Beacon. I believe that Mountain Bikes should be banned from the hills for the following reasons: a) They erode the pathways on the hills causing deep muddy ruts, which have to be repaired at great cost by Malvern Conservators. b) A great number of the riders are totally irresponsible and tear around at breakneck speeds. I walk on the the hills almost daily and have witnessed numerous incidents where walkers have been forced off the paths by cyclists. On two occasions I have been hit by out of control cyclists. On neither occasion did the cyclist either stop or apologise. In short, they are a menace and should be banned.[/p][/quote]I bike on the hills nearly every day and if step back and watch for even a few minutes I see walkers stepping out infront of bikers waving their arms about making them crash or swerve, I have experienced this many times and have been physically pushed off the edge of a path damaging my bike. Bikes can erode the hills but if you also look after a large storm has passed lots of the stone and rock has been washed away bensage
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Fri 18 Jul 14

i-cycle says...

I'll be the first to admit that there are 'bad' cyclists, but most are usually considerate. Unlike motorists and some walkers the majority of cyclists are also into walking and drive a car so they do tend to be able to see things from everyones perspective.

I mainly cycle on the roads, but as with Bensage's experience its a regular occurrence that I get verbal abuse and its not unusual for pedestrians to deliberately position themselves to obstruct even when there's room and motorists who deliberately cut you up.

Cyclists have legal rights to use roads and bridleways and pay taxes like anyone else for the highways. What's also not often appreciated by motorists is that we're quite within our rights and taught for safety reasons not to hug the kerb and move out to avoid car doors opening and when there's not enough room for a vehicle behind to pass at a safe distance. We're not trying to be awkward its the best way to prevent an accident.

The cynic's says cycling should be banned as they cause erosion which is costly to repair.To follow this 'logic' there's therefore just a strong as case to ban walkers and horse riders.
I'll be the first to admit that there are 'bad' cyclists, but most are usually considerate. Unlike motorists and some walkers the majority of cyclists are also into walking and drive a car so they do tend to be able to see things from everyones perspective. I mainly cycle on the roads, but as with Bensage's experience its a regular occurrence that I get verbal abuse and its not unusual for pedestrians to deliberately position themselves to obstruct even when there's room and motorists who deliberately cut you up. Cyclists have legal rights to use roads and bridleways and pay taxes like anyone else for the highways. What's also not often appreciated by motorists is that we're quite within our rights and taught for safety reasons not to hug the kerb and move out to avoid car doors opening and when there's not enough room for a vehicle behind to pass at a safe distance. We're not trying to be awkward its the best way to prevent an accident. The cynic's says cycling should be banned as they cause erosion which is costly to repair.To follow this 'logic' there's therefore just a strong as case to ban walkers and horse riders. i-cycle
  • Score: -2

10:10pm Sun 20 Jul 14

david350uk says...

the-cynic is spot on !
There is no place for mountain bikes on public land, go and play bikes on private land.
the-cynic is spot on ! There is no place for mountain bikes on public land, go and play bikes on private land. david350uk
  • Score: 6
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