Jens Blog


Wednesday 11th December 2019

Stand still in certain areas of Sheffields' 'Botnical Gardens', S11, and this is what may happen!


Tuesday 10th December 2019

Mini Christmas tree has gone up outside the shop.. well everyone else on Hickmott Road seems to have one so I felt we had to have one too!

Feeling festive @SheffPhoto 
Saturday 7th December 2019


Wednesday 4th December

A tastefull photo frame makes a lovely gift... here's a few of ours:


Saturday 23rd November 2019

Please have a look at our Instagram photos!



I've been told that we have the best (and sometimes only) collection of monoculars to view and purchase. Available in 8X and 10X magnifications. From £42 to £149.


We are stockists for a big range of Swarovski and Opticron optics. From £42 to £1850! That should cover most peoples needs lol!

Saturday 16th November 2019

Our film processing service has realy taking off recently. The result of great prices for a top quality professional-quality service, and great prices on 35mm film in the shop. Though you can get cheaper film dev prices locally, if you want a consistantly brilliant developing service, use us.. you do get what you pay for! Drop a film off and it is returned to us betweeen 5 and 7 days later. Done by a professional laboratory who collect from us, and deliver back. So no fears of films being lost in the post!

Exampes of prices:

- Process only and put onto a CD for digital images £11.60

- Process only £7.99 (36)

- Process and print £10.50 (24) CD £4 extra

- Process and print £13.90 (36) CD £4 extra

We also handle Holga, Lomo, Dianna films etc! Plus 120mm rolls, E6 slide film processing etc.

Friday 15th November 2019

Lots of discounts now on show in the shop, on bags, cases, films, memory cards etc!

Please note that our website is faulty and not updateable. For up to date offers and product, see our Google profile:

Sheffield photographic Centre

You can also intant message me through Google too. Though be aware that if it is my day off, I may be slow to answer!

We are also on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Going to have to cleose early at 4pm today, due to childcare problems, sorry.

Tuesday 12th November 2019

I've decided, rather than sell nothing for 3 weeks, then loads in one week, to extend our 'Black Friday' offers for the whole month!

Here's a few examples of reductions in our shop!

Call in or ring to get our 'Black friday' monthly best prices.

- Kodak Tri-X B=White 400asa 36 exposures. Was £6.49, now £5.00 a roll. 

- Fuji Superia 400asa 36 exposures. Was £5.99, now £5.00 a roll.

- Kodak Portra 160asa 36 exposures. Was £8.50, now £7.99 a roll.

- Ilford HP5 or FP4 36 exposures. Was £5.99, now £5.69 a roll.

- 20% Off  RRP's of 'Troop London' new bags

- Opticron BGA VHD 8x42 binoculars - reduced from £439 to £415 ( plus you can claim a £50 cashback from Opticron)

- Opticron BGA VHD 10x42 binoculars - reduced from £449 to 425 ( plus get a £50 cashback from Opticron).                                          "

Friday 8th November 2019

If you've found yourself wanting a better pair of binoculars, or wanting a realy good first pair, there's great news! Opticron have just introduced a cashback offer on their Opticrom BGA VHD 8X42 and 10X42 binoculars. Running untill the end of January 2020, when you purchase a pair, you can claim £50 back from Opticron. 

Each model offers the serious enthusiast a genuine alternative to premium brands at a fraction of the price.


- Compact, lightweight roof prism design with textured rubber armouring
- Nitrogen gas filled waterproof (3m/10ft depth)
- Wide field, long eye relief eyepieces
- Fully multi-coated VHD optical system, - featuring high quality phase corrected PGK prism units and Oasis prism coating.
- 3-stage twist type retractable eyecups
- Close focus to 2m/6.6ft (8X42+10X42).
- Tripod adapter socket.


Due to popular demand, we are now offering a service to print out your documents onto A4 general use, smooth white printer paper.

Document can be brought into us on a USB (virus checked) stick, or emailed to us at:
First sheet costs 0.45p, and any extra sheets charged at 0.20p a sheet. Double sided not done.
Suitable for: Returns labels for online purchases; CV's; letters; any other general printing requirements!

Thursday 31st October 2019

Spooky greetings to all my customers! Hope you have a good Halloween..


Closing at 4pm today, sorry for any inconveniences caused!

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Called into Tesco this morning to get a bit of shopping. I put my hand into my rucksack to bring a carrier bag out, and my hand comes out covered in red sticky liquid. Then I find my purse covered in it, and everything else. Cashier disposes of the bag for me and gets it all over her hands, so I reach into my bag to find the baby wipes and they are also covered in goo. At the bottom, I found the culprit: a toffee apple that I bought about 2 weeks ago has liquefied itself .. Dreading getting home tonight to sort the bag out! Wonder what else has been wrecked by it eek...

Kodak ColourPlus film is in extreme short supply, infact we have just sold out and been told by suppliers that we won't get anymore untill next Janaury. I do have in stock the normal Kodak Gold 200asa 36 exposure films at £4.50 a 36 roll until I can get the ColourPlus back in stock.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

An old friend in the Trade, now retired, has sent these cute Kodak vans for me to us on display in the shop window. Thanks David (Unc.)!


Tuesday 15th October 2019

As we are selling more and more film, I've also expanded our range of disposable cameras: We now have Agfa LeBox black and white disposable cameras (10.99), Agfa LeBox waterproof disposable cameras (£9.99), as well as our standard Fuji Quicksnap disposables (£7.50). And of course we can develop them for you too (£10.50 for a set of 6"x4" prints).

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Interested in the local birds (the feathered variety I hasten to add)? You can now get a copy of local group 'Sheffield Bird Study Group' book report 2017 from our shop for £7.50 (£8.00 from them directly).

They would make a great present for anyone interested in the birds around Sheffield, including areas such as Rotherham, Chesterfield, Tideswell, Grenoside, Bamford, Great Longstone etc.


The SBSG has been lucky enough to have a good number of local bird artists within its ranks over the years, and the Reports are thus illustrated almost entirely by local artists. Black and white photographs were introduced in 2000 and colour several years later. The ever expanding number of digital photographers ensure a ready supply of material for the Report as well for the website.

Saturday 5th October 2019

Didn't get a chance to post on here on Wednesday, due to 5 large boxes of Troop London bags arriving, nearly filling the shop!

Anyway, they're all unpacked and out on shelves to look at now. Come and have a browse!


Tuesday 1st October 2019

What's going on in here? A massive bare wall by the shop door, devoid of any stock. Have we been robbed? Going out of business? NO! It's.... waiting for a new huge TROOP LONDON bag delivery! Loads of new styles to chose from, hopefully arriving tomorrow yippee!


  Saturday 28th September 2019

Although we don't sell anything off this website, a lot of our products are available to buy from our Ebay shop, sheffieldphotocentre. We also do Mail Orders over the phone for most items.

Please have a look at our Ebay shop when you have a quiet moment (not a lot of those for most people nowadays... maybe in a less chaotic moment! lol).

Wednesday 25th September 2019 

Now in stock, the Manfrotto 290 Xtra tripod, with 3 way head and carry case. 

  • 4 leg angle positions for total flexibility
  • Durable, adjustable aluminium leg locks
  • Steady grips thanks to rubber leg warmers
  • Precision guaranteed with clever 3-way head
  • Tripod with head comes with comfy shoulder bag
£149.99 from our shop.
Tuesday 24th September 2019

Great weather for ducks!

We've just got in stock a Case Logic across body camera strap, selling at £16.50:

The Quick Sling ensures the shortest time between your camera hanging idle to you shooting a photo. It wears comfortably cross-body and your camera rests lens-down securely at your side. When it’s time to shoot, the camera glides quickly along the strap to ensure you never miss the shot.


Features include:

  • Designed to fit DSLR, compact system, high zoom and point and shoot cameras
  • Glide Strap hardware screws directly onto the base of your camera via the tripod mount allowing camera to rest securely at your side with lens facing down
  • Custom, swivel hardware enables camera to move with body while in motion
  • Camera quickly and easily glides up the strap when you’re ready to take the shot
  • Padded shoulder strap with breathable air mesh is shaped to conform perfectly around your shoulder for maximum comfort
  • Adjustable strap provides a custom fit for any size photographer and can be worn on either shoulder
For more info, see: CaseLogic
Also new is the Manfrotto Smartphone clamp:£16.50

Saturday 21st September 2019

Have got Kodak Porta 400asa 36 exposure films back in stock. Buy individually, £9.50 a roll. It's the worlds finest grain film at 400 asa speed! Plus we can process it well too!

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New tripods in stock: The Manfrotto Compact Action, and the Manfrotto 290 Xtra kit with 3 way head:

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Suprise visit! My friend Jing has come all the way from China with her dad, to visit us and a few other people! Hadn't a clue they were coming, they just turned up at the shop lol!


Tuesday 17th September 2019

Had a slight change to staff working hours. From now onwards, it's as follows:

JEN: Working all day Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

JOHN: Working all day Thursdays and Fridays.

If you want to book in large print work (from size 6"x8"'s and bigger), then John is the the one to see. For all other things, either of us is ok.. well, I'm a bit more ok than John but we'll not go down that path LOL!!

Don't forget that we buy second hand equipment, especially binoculars!

 Saturday 14th September 2019

Yesterday was Friday 13th AND a full moon! Anyone have any disasters yesterday? I attended the funeral of my old gym friend Terry yesterday, which was very sad, plus my son got a mystery high fever and spent all day off sick from school.. so guess that was not a good Friday 13th for us then!!

Thursday 12th September 2019

Just reduced our last pair of Opticron TGA WP 8X32 binoculars. The RRP is £152, but our last pair are only £119.00! They come with case and straps, caps etc... Here's the Opticron info on them:

"Designed to look and feel exceptional, Imagic TGA WP binoculars offer a host of features normally reserved for higher priced instruments.

Fitted with BAK4 prisms and utilising a differential multi-coating system with high refractive index coatings on the eyelenses and objectives, the models deliver excellent clarity and contrast and outperform roof prism binoculars of a similar price."


Tuedsay 10th September 2019

Our memory cards aren't the cheapest on the market - for a reason - they have long guarantees and get replaced if faults do (very rarely) crop up on them.

To date, we have:

1. Silicon Power 'Micro SDXC 16GB, 32GB and 64GB acrds, from £14.99 to £26.99.

2. Silicon Power SDHC 8GB, 16GB and 32GB class 10 cards, from ££12.99 to £15.99.

3. Silicon Power SDXC 64GB class 10 extended capacity cards - £19.99
Silicon Power SDXC 128GB class 10 extended capacity cards at £26.99.

4. Lexar PRO 128GB SDXC UHS-11 1000X speed 4K cards with up to 150MB's transfer, and 90MB's write speed, £45.99

5. Lexar PRO 128GB SDXC UHS-11 667X speed, up to 100MB/s, 4K, and up to 90MB's write speed. £35.99


Saturday 7th September 2019


Nothing like a good selfie with the family! Enough silliness, what are the shops' latest new products? We have the Carson MagniTouch touch-activated LED 3X magnifyng loupe on sale at £24.99. For more details, see: MagniTouch


Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Just had to reorder 35mm films as its popularity and usage increases. Now have expanded the range to include Fuji 'Pro 400H' films, Kodak 400asa 'Ultramax' films, plus black and white 'Agfa LeBox' black and white disposable cameras.

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We are also now developing more and more films here: just drop off and collect 5-7 days later ( depending on when you drop it off).

Thursday 29th August 2019

Restocked the Carson 10X stand magnifier. This is so populuar we keep running out! Only £4.99

The LL-10, LumiLoupe™ is a 10x power stand magnifier that makes the ordinary extraordinary. This magnifier reveals details you’ve never seen before in things you look at every day. 
Pre-focused dual lenses allow examination of objects close-up, while a transparent acrylic base permits ambient light to illuminate the subject for bright, clear viewing.
Choose the LL-10 (10x power) magnifier for fine details, coins, rocks, stamps, photography (negatives) and miniatures.

#35mmphotography #darkroom #filmisnotdead #photographyeveryday @SheffLocal #shoplocal @socialshef

Saturday 17th August 2019

Want to see how well/badly you skin is ageing? No, neither do I, BUT, this microscope pen is great for all other uses! 

Carson MP-300 MICROPEN™  RRP £9.99  £7.99 from us 
The MP-300, MicroPen™ is a pocket size 24x-53x microscope.

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The light weight and portable design make this miniature microscope perfect for industrial use or as a fun time project for children of all ages.

Whether searching out small insects, viewing a hair follicle, or the carpet on the living room floor, the MicroPen™ microscope will turn your home, backyard or classroom in to a fun-filled jungle of exploration and learning.

It is for use directly on the object for added stability and ease of focusing for our eager young explorers. The MicroPen™ features a built-in LED light that provides a crystal-clear image with easy to use focus and zoom adjustments.

The MicroPen™ features a built-in LED light that provides a crystal-clear image with easy to use focus and zoom adjustments.


Model Name: MicroPen™
Model Number: MP-300
Magnification: 24x-53x
Batteries: 3G3 Button Cell Batteries Included
Weight: 0.7 oz
Dimensions: 0.5" x 0.7" x 5.2"

Thursday 15th August 2019

You can't go on holiday without one of these! 

Now in stock in our shop: Agfa 'LeBox' disposable waterproof film camera £9.99
Loads of fun for holidays, water sports etc.
Waterproof down to 2M depth , plus we can develop it for you too after use.
It's a single-use camera containing one 27-exposure roll of ISO 400 speed 35mm film. 
Its compact design incorporates an auto-recharging flash, which has a range of 13.1' to help illuminate dimly lit scenes. It is ideal for use in everyday conditions, both outdoors and indoors.
For examples of images people have taken on one of these, see:
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Tuesday 13th August 2019

For you bird lovers, we have put in stock a Nedis wildlife camera:

nedis     ned    nedi

At £114.99, it enables you to mount this wildlife camera to a tree and capture up-close video images of animals in the wild. The camera features night vision and a splendid trigger time so no more excuses to miss that one shot.

Features/specs include:

12 MP resolution for high-quality images.
Video resolution of 1280x720.
Integrated LCD display + controls for great ease of use.
Records video images and sound at 1280x720 resolution.
Motion detection: up to 25M
Night vision: 10M
Angle range: 55 degrees.
Water resistant: IPX44.
Trigger time: 1.2 secs.
Screen size: 1.4".
Card slot: SDHC
Power: 8 x AA batteries ( not included).

More news: We have purchased a used pair of Swarovski EL 8.5X42 binoculars. Boxed and great condition.

Watch this space for when they will go on sale!

Tuesday 6th August 2019

My best friend Bex, who has four girls younger than my son, has just told me she has discovered her girls have got head lice...I'm scratching my head as to how they caught them (lol).. no, seriously, I'm now feeling itchy head and panicking.. have we caught them... noooo!!! Off to the chemist for me today then..

Back to business: We now have the 120mm Holga film camera in stock, at £34.99


One of the most iconic toy cameras available, the Holga 120N is characterized by the unique image quality it is able to produce, along with its modest design and minimal controls. Intend to sell at £34.99. Should be here by next Wednesday.

The 120N model accepts 120-format roll film and includes both 6 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6cm inserts to record 16 or 12 exposures per roll, respectively. Film is manually advanced between shots using the top winding knob, with the frame progression checked using the rear red window

Plastic body construction and plastic lens contribute to the distinct image quality, which is characterized by light leaks, vignetting, and soft focus.
Classic medium format toy camera accepts 120 roll film, and the included 6 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6cm film masks allow you to record either 16 or 12 frames per roll respectively.
60mm f/8 lens provides a normal field of view for working in a wide variety of situations.
Zone focusing system allows you to focus as closely as 3' away.
A 1/100th sec. shutter speed setting is available in addition to a bulb setting for long exposure shooting.
Standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount allows you to make stable long exposure photographs.
Top hot shoe accessory mount allows you to attach any electronic flash.

Also new to the shop, is the Carson 24X-53x LED Microscope Pen. At only £7.99, and so small, you can carry it everywhere with you and look realy close up at insects, rocks, nature objects etc.

Just stocked up on waterproof disposable 35mm film cameras, at £9.99. The Agfa 'LeBox' takes 27 photos, and is submersible up to 2M maximum depth. A must have for any beach holiday!

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Sale! Just reduced our last Opticron 8x30 WP monocular from £95 to £80!

Compact, robust, fully armoured 8x30 field monocular designed to be carried and operated with one hand.


Compact roof prism design with contoured protective rubber armouring
Nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction
Fully multi-coated optical system (all air/glass surfaces)
Good field of view wearing glasses
Eyepiece focusing
Fold down rubber eyecup

Close focus to 5m/16.4ft


Tuesday 30th July 2019

Fantastic day out to 'Hatton Adventure World' last week! Realy recommend the falconry centre, where we got realy close up to seing an owl, and a falcon. My son was getting bored untill he saw the falcon eating a baby chick.. then all the little kids were totally fascinated eeeugh!

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Love the photo where it looks like the handler is telling off the falcon, and the falcon is hanging its head in shame!

Thursday 18th July 2019

We have reduced our last pair of Opticron T3 10X25 binoculars, from £84 to £74.

Entry level roof prism compacts, the T3 Trailfinder are manufactured in a single hinge roof prism design and offer the full field of view for spectacle wearers. Suitable for casual wildlife observation as well more specialized pursuits where ease of use, size and weight are desired, they deliver good all-round performance and value.
They come with a case.



Tuesday 16th July 2019

Was a pleasure to help a guy much younger than me today with informaton on his 35mm film camera, processing, film types etc. At last being older, and having years of film experience behind me, has its advantadges! Please do come in and tap into our 30+ years knowledge and advice on anything to do with film photography.

Thursday 11th July 2019

Oops, forgot my usual update 2 days ago.. Recovering from a late night last Sunday: Went to hear the Sheffield Philharmonic Ochestra play movie themed music in the Botanical Gardens with my son. See the pics on Twitter or FacebookShot on my old knackered Panasonic FX40 pocket digital camera....What with its weird exposure problems, hair permanently appearing on all photos, and general lack of sharpness over time, I think it is definatly time I get myself a new Panasonic camera!

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Got a glimpse on Sunday of the teenager my son might develop into: Scary!!

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Saturday 6th July 2019

Social Media - love it, like it, or hate it? I like it, my boss hates it, (note to self: my boss hates most things lol)  .... Read all about it in the article in 'Light Stalking'.

Carrying on with the subject, read this article about why you should be more carefull what you post online: RAC.

Thursday 4th July 2019

Today seems to be the day of doing international passport photos! So far taken passport photos suitable for Australia, Canada, USA and India! It's very rare that we can't get photos for another country's passport - bring your specifications in and lets get your photos done!

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Although we don't yet do digital passport photos, the majority of customers of ours have succesfully either used a scanner to scan our photos into their computer to upload online, or photographed the photos on their phone (set at high quality image size), and obtained a digital copy to upload. At only £4 for a set of for 4 photos, it's still cheaper than anywhere else!

Tricky job, trying to get a selfie with your dog! Here's a few of my attempts!


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Thursday 27th June 2019

Awesome eulogy at Giuseppe's funeral yesterday.. I managed to hold the tears in during the service, but the eulogy nearly had me sobbing! Arrivederci my friend....



Thursday 20th June 2019

You know business is quiet when you find yourself making photos on the 'PhotoFunia' website. Free to use, and such a laugh!

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Wednesday 19th June 2019

Todays bargain!

Lenspen DSLR cleaning kit:  £24.99
The ultimate DSLR camera cleaning kit! It's cheaer to buy thiese items together in this one kit, than buying them separtly.

Comes with:
1. LensPen original unique carbon cleaning compound, 500= uses. No liquids!
2. LensPen hurricane blower, to keep your kit dust free.
3. LensPen Micrklear microfibre cloth to keep all surfaces of your camera clean.
4. Lenspen FilterKlear patented LensPe filter cleaner. 500+ uses. No liquids!

Tuesday 18th June 2019

EVERYONE should have one of these!!
I've got them at work and at home. This little bluetooth speaker is small (10cm x 6cm), gives realy loud excellent quality sound from your mobile phone, laptop or Tablet.
I love the fact that once charged, you can disconnect it and take it into the garden/car etc, as long as its within about 10 foot of your phone or laptop. Fab for parties, BBQ's, lazy beach holidays etc!

We sell it in our shop at £9.99 but online they tend to be £14.99

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Saturday 15th June 2019

Sad news for those who know/had their hair cut by Giuseppe the hairdresser on Hickmott Road. He died in Italy yesterday after a battle with cancer. Gutted. Known him nearly 30 years, from when he worked at 'Sweenies' on Ecclesall road. He used to say to me: "Eh Jenny, you got a gooda quality hair!".

Nicky still works there, assume she's going to take it over from him, so please don't anyone abandon the shop! 

Thursday 13th June 2019

£8.50, in stock (£9.99 most places online): The Velbon Go-Pro and Smartphone holder (product code 2391).

This universal adapter allows a Smartphone or GoPro/Action camera to be mounted onto any tripod, monopod, clamp or suction cup which has a standard 1/4" camera thread. 

It also allows smartphones to be fitted onto an GoPro 3-prong mount. The rubber-lined jaws are spring-loaded and adjustable from 55mm to 87mm. The jaws can also be folded flat for compact storage.

Can be used with our without your phone case. Pictured with a Samsung S8 phone.



Cokin INFINICLEAR illuminated desk loupe magnifier £35.99 Grab a bargain! (RRP is £52!)

 The INFINICLEAR desk magnifying loupe offers 3x magnification of various subjects, such as reading documents and books or viewing small electronic items and artwork:



Tuesday 11th June 2019

Special offer on a Cokin pocket microscope, only £14.99 (RRP £17.99):


It's amazingly easy to zoom and focus. My 8 year old son has been so fascinated and excited to use it: He told me how my wrinkly old skin looks even worse highly magnified... hmmm....must keep going with the diplomacy lessons for him....

For full specs, see: Intro2020

Thursday 6th June 2019

I like this Benro combi mini tripod/selfie stick! Only £21.99, in stock today!

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Tuesday 28th May 2019

A selection of our Opticron binoculars, from £69 to £450:


(NB: We have the above models in 8X and 10X magnifications - the above only shows one of each model).

Saturday 25th May 2019

Need a good quality budget binocular? Come and view the Opticron Adventurer binoculars, from £79 - £89. Available in 8x and 10x magnification. Great for general purpose/nature viewing.


Tuesday 21st May 2019

Have put the Opticron Explorer WA ED Oasisis-C+ 8 and 10X42 binocuars in stock, due to popular demand. Priced at £199 (8X42) and £209 (10x42).


Employing the company’s trademark compact optical system, the Explorer WA ED Oasis-C+ delivers an unbeatable combination of specification, quality and ergonomics. An ideal choice for anyone looking for compact and lightweight waterproof binocular with wide field, ED optics, Oasis-C+ prism coating and a 10 year guarantee.

Thursday 16th May 2019

Finally caved in to Social Media pressure and set up an 'Instagram' account for the shop: sheffield_photo_centre.

TTuesday 30th April 2019

When your dog scuppers a selfie...!


Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Just had a hug from a friendly Yorkshire Water 'Wipesaur'.. as you do.. lol..


Tuesday 12th March 2019

Been unable to access this website for 3 months, mainly due to me fiddling around in the 'Admin' settings, pretending to be a web builder, and getting myself locked out.. that will show me eh?!!

Back in after much experimentation, but if there is ever a gap in this blog, see our Facebook or Twitter pages instead!

In future, untill we get a new website, please find us on Twitter of Facebook for more up to date info!


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