The forerunner of the North Thames Region Triangle Competition was the Edgware Challenge Shield for a Competition started in 1965 between Edgware Amateur Cine Society and Watford Cine Society. They were later joined in 1968 by Ealing and Boston Manor CC.
Based on the rules of the Challenge Shield, the North Thames Regional Council started the Triangle Competition in 1970 with the following
clubs taking part: Ealing, Edgware, Watford, Barnet, Borehamwood, Hemel Hempstead, Epping, Ilford and Wanstead and Woodford.
The trophy was donated jointly by the originators of the Competition - Edgware, Ealing and Watford.
The first North Thames Triangle Competition Final was held on Saturday 21st February 1970 between Ealing and Boston Manor Cine Club,
Ilford Cine Club and Potters Bar Cine Club (Guest Club). There were four categories – Family film, Story film, Documentary film and a
Set Subject (Water). The winner that year was Ilford Cine Club. The following year the Family category was replaced by the Open category.
Nine years later there were 24 clubs entering the NTR Triangle Competition and an additional competition, The Leslie Gillham Trophy for the
best Set Subject film from the Set Subject winners of each of the First Rounds of the Triangle Competition was introduced. The first club to
win the Leslie Gillham Trophy was Wanstead and Woodford CC with “Jamie”.
Click here to see the full list of winners from 1979 - 2009.
The first years of the Triangle Competition were chaired by Lesley Gillham and organised by Jim Tumbridge FACI; Ron Jones FACI took over
in 1985 for the next 30 years.
In 1991 the Open Winners Competition was introduced for films winning the First Rounds Open Section of the Triangle Competition. This became the Manasseh Competition in memory of Sidney Manasseh FACI.
The Leslie Gillham Competition was held in the Spring and the Sidney Manasseh in the Autumn which gave the Region a number of events in the year.
In 2004 the two events were amalgamated to "A Day with Gillham and Manasseh" in September. However, falling numbers at the event resulted in
both of the Competitions being discontinued in 2010.
2010 was also the first year that the number of clubs entering the Triangle Competition fell below 20. As it became impossible to form sufficient groups
of 3 clubs for the first round of the Triangle competition, it was decided in 2014 to try groups of 4 clubs (4 x 4 Competition). At the same time rules were
changed and clubs were asked to provide a film programme of no more than 30 minutes, which would inform, educate and entertain.
The number of participating clubs in the North Thames Region steadily declined reaching only 8 in 2018. As a final move to breathe interest into this Competition, it was decided to hold the Competition on one day. In 2019 nine clubs put forward programmes of films lasting up to 25 mins and in this
our 50th year there will be eight clubs entering the Competition:
The final clubs are:
Bourne End, Colchester, Finchley, Harrow, Hemel Hempstead, Potters Bar, South Essex (formerly Westcliff) and Wanstead and Woodford.
Brenda Granshaw FACI, February 2020