September 12

The Beorma Social Club

So what is The Beorma Social Club? It ‘s the Youth Club you’ve attended where you wished the summer wasn’t about to end, the Labour Club where you allowed ‘just the one’ Cherry Brandy or a Babycham when you were younger.

It’s your Sister’s wedding where you ended up dancing to the 80’s tunes you loved, the Pub Quiz you cheated at. The random night out at a pub that turned into one of the best giggles you’ve ever had with complete strangers who became mates. Those times that you just had a really good night .

Originally, we wanted it to be just a photo gallery, a bit of a laugh. Party photos from the past, from now. Or maybe themed with topics such a school days, worst/best haircuts, fashion faux pas. We want your social pictures from any era. Technically thats what we want for our social media accounts, but it has to our delight aroused such interest that we intend it to become a club night in the new year! An old fashioned Saturday Night Dust up! In a public house that sells cheap booze and puts on a little spread. It will be cheap though and cheerful nowt too fancy and it will be fun. We’ve given out Membership numbers with a view to having competitions and draws and we also hope at some stage to give out little enamel badges of The Beorma bottle top for our members.

So please dig out your old photos, new photos of the best fun youv’e ever had, with clothes on please and send them to us at

October’s theme will be ‘School Days’

November’s theme will be ‘Fashon Faux Pas’

So send us your images – best one wins a Beroma Social Club mug!

Though originally from Birmingham, Peter Barton is a photographer now based in Lincolnshire.

He has had a chequered work history including, amongst many occupations, working as an engineer for Bryant’s where he was responsible for the ground-works for the first metric houses in Britain on Chelmsley Wood, but throughout his patchwork quilt of a career Peter has produced pictures. “It’s been the single continuous thread running through an otherwise haphazard life” he says.

Many of his pictures showed Birmingham and its people in the late 60’s before he left the city for the fist time. And then again in the 70’s and early 80’s. during a temporary return. Sadly a great many of his negatives have been lost.

Rarely working in colour Peter chooses Black and White . He says  “it’s far more able to tell the story, as opposed to just looking pretty”.

Peter’s work is heavily influenced by the documentary photographers of the 70’s whose work may have featured in the likes of the Sunday times supplement; dark and gritty.  His work was once described by a critic as being from ‘The dustbin school’ because of its heavily printed black and white grainy images.

Peter still works regularly, but rarely in Birmingham, photographing people, places, travel, demonstrations, architecture; in fact anything that appeals to his sense of the visual image.
You can see more of Peter’s work here