Basildon Photographic Society has issued an appeal for help after fire destroyed its meeting place and damaged equipment worth around £5,000.

The Essex-based club had held weekly meetings at a local scout hut until it was destroyed by fire last summer.

Heat and smoke destroyed equipment including studio lighting and a projector.

?We have managed to find ourselves a temporary building and – as we are run entirely on subs and voluntary fees – we are struggling to replace damaged equipment and redecorate our new premises,? said the club?s vice chairman Darren Chaplin.

Chaplin is hoping local companies will come forward to supply the club with around 30 folding chairs, paint, plasterboard and a door.

The club plans to hold weekly meetings in a bid to encourage local people to ?engage in discussions and practical sessions and competitions to improve the art of photography?.

Anyone who can help should contact Darren Chaplin on 07977 173556.