Origins of the North Cheshire Challenge Trophy
These extracts were transcribed from type-written minutes in the Society's archives.
Committee Meeting 25 September 1980 - Exhibition Secretary's Report
"A suggestion for Thursday was an inter-club knock-out slide competition. (NCPS would not participate since it would not be acceptable to win "at home")."
Committee Meeting 30 October 1980 - Exhibition Secretary's Report
"An inter-club slide battle was planned for the Thursday evening to be judged by B Bower. (NCPS not to participate). WS wondered if Amsterdam would be interested in participating. A suggestion had been made that the Trophy for the Battle should be named "The Fiveways Committee Cup" to be donated by members who frequent that establishment. Certain members of the Committee were unhappy about that proposal and the matter was not resolved".
Committee Meeting 27 November 1980 - Exhibition Secretary's Report
"Of the 25 Clubs invited to take part in the Slide Battle, 6 had so far expressed their intention of participating and one had declined. The subject of a suitable Trophy was aired once more and it was finally decided that this should be bought from Club funds. A figure of £40 - £50 was mentioned but further investigation is necessary to determine what that will buy.
"A Redford outlined his plan as follows:- Visitors will pay at the door an entrance fee of 50p for which they will receive a Catalogue and which will include the cost of refreshments. This arrangement will remove the problems caused by having tickets bought in advance. There was general agreement on these proposals."
Committee Meeting 23 December 1980 - Exhibition Secretary's Report
"A Redford reported that there had now been 13 replies to his letter about the Slide Competition. (11 cubs had expressed and interest and 2 had declined with good reason). It was agreed that the venture looked promising."
Committee Meeting 29 January 1981 - Exhibition Secretary's Report
"A Redford reported that that he had written to all 25 Clubs originally contacted about the Slide Battle during the Annual. A total of 15 clubs had now indicated their intention to compete. "
North Cheshire Photographic Society Newsletter - February 1981
Annual Exhibition News:
"To-date - fifteen clubs have confirmed that they will be entering the Inter Club Knock-Out Slide competition.
Ashton Under Lyne P.S.
Chorlton & District C C.
Congleton & District P.S.
North Manchester C.C.
Committee Meeting 26 February 1981 - Exhibition Secretary's Report
"17 clubs had indicated they would take part in the Slide Battle. One complementary Catalogue will be sent to each participtaing Club.
"It was agreed that the new Trophies should be named as follows:-
"N.C.P.S Challenge Cup"
NCPS AGM 26 May 1981 - Exhibition/Competition Secretary's Report
"A third new trophy was purchased for presentation to the winners of the Interclub Slide Competition which it hoped will prove to be a popular and prestigious event in future years with all the top clubs from a wide area. A good start was made this year with our own Brian Bower judging on a knock-out basis a six slide entry from thirteen visiting clubs. Over a hundred visitors, mainly from competing clubs, saw Bury P.S. collect the trophy this year, and also witnessed of course our impressive display of Exhibition prints".