Get your photos ready…

It’s that time of year again! Time to dig out your best photos from 2018 and get ready for one of the highlights of the winter calendar—the annual club photography competition. You have until 7th February to give your photos to either Sally or Hilary. All the entries will be…

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St Abbs, 2018

In July twelve Stratford Divers travelled north to dive the iconic dive sites around St Abbs. For those not familiar with the area, St Abbs is on the East coast of Scotland, south of the Firth of Forth and less than 10 miles north of the border. I hadn’t dived…

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Mince pie dive 2018

Hardy members of Stratford Dive Club enjoyed our Christmas bash at Stoney Cove last Wednesday, December 19th. The weather was kind to us, dry, mild and sunny—eventually. As we all gathered in the car park to discuss dive plans, it soon became apparent that between us we had rather overdone…

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Scilly, the hard way

Well actually, the hardboat way. Which some might say is the easy way. And I might even agree with them. The club’s traditional RIB trip to the Isles of Scilly isn’t the only way to dive this wonderful UK destination and Sophie and I decided we would explore the alternative—a…

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Clay pigeon shoot

This Saturday saw the big guns come out… and shoot poor defenceless ‘creatures’, well that’s what you would believe but there were so many ‘misses’ that more survived than were ‘killed’! Winner Jay Scott 29/30… yet again. So we need to exclude him or seriously handicap him next time; any…

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Photo competition 2018

Nudibranch

A week later than planned thanks to the weather, the results of this year’s annual photo competition were revealed on 8th March. It was a strong field, with 15 photographers entering 245 photographs. Here are the winners in each of the categories.

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Annual Mince Pie Dive, Christmas 2017

This year’s festive dips took place on December 21st. There were actually only 4 of us there officially for the Mince Pie Dives—Sarah, Alastair, Miles and me (Sally)—but our ranks were swelled by some members doing practical work for their Dive Leader Course, namely Paul N and Simon C under…

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Red Sea, September 2017

Hillary, Miles, Richard, Stan, Peter, Graham, Russel, Jim, David, Sally, Geoff, Joules, Paul, Jon, Jeanie, Bondie, Brett and myself, all met outside the leisure centre to wait for a coach which unbeknown to us was to arrive 45 minutes late. But due to Hillary’s awesome planning skills we still made…

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Isles of Scilly 2017

The divers The annual trip to the Isles of Scilly in June included all the usual suspect with one or two new additions: Rich Wells, Stan Russell, Mark Jeffreys, Pete Virgo, Jon Arthur, Andy Bacon, Hilary Wilson, Miles Howarth, Chris Prichard, Clare Virgo, Geoff Russell, Pete Talbot and Adrian Taylor.…

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Weymouth 2017

Divers aboard the Tango

In mid September, nine Stratford Dive Club members enjoyed the delights of diving in Dorset from Tango, the big orange dive boat, based in Weymouth. I particularly wanted us to dive two iconic wrecks—the Aeolian Skye and the Elena R, because they are both BIG wrecks with wreckage that stands…

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