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'Promoting the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of photography, helping you create better pictures. We are a friendly, sociable club ensuring all members, both new and old improve and learn. If you are looking for a Chelmsford based camera club, then come along to one of our weekly meetings or practical sessions.'

'Exists to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats. We are the leading voice for badgers in England and Wales, with a network of around 60 local voluntary badger groups, and supported by thousands of supporters and followers ... They are a great way to get involved, meet other badger enthusiasts and make a difference to your local badgers.'

Category East Sussex

Member of the Badger Trust Grouping

'During the bitterly cold winter of 1979, a small group of photographers believed that there was probably enough interest within the Ballynahinch area to form a proper photographic club. The first meeting was in the public library and the guest speaker was the well-known press photographer, Stanley Matchett. Within a few weeks, 35 members had signed up and Ballynahinch Camera Club was up and running.' Normally the Club meets on 'Thursdays, usually at 7:45pm with the new season beginning in September. We welcome new members (under 18s should be sponsored by an adult) ... It aims to be a mix of practical knowledge sessions and experienced speakers from within and external to the club.'

Category Art Galleries

‘Our mission is to create greater understanding of the world through outstanding, experimental and inspiring contemporary art which has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities. Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution.'

'Founded in 1958 by a group of local historians to encourage research into the local history of Banbury town and its hinterland. Our annual programme of activities runs from September to July, with lectures from September through to Easter and then a varied programme of outings and events in the summer. We meet for the lectures at 7.30 pm on the second Thursday of each month ... Members and visitors are made very welcome at our meetings.'

'The Society meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month between September and May and endeavours to provide the medium through which fellow collectors can meet and enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of stamp collecting and its related fields. We foster a friendly and informal atmosphere, with the minimum necessary formality, in which both novice and philatelist alike can co-exist and thrive. The programme of events covers most branches of philately without too much emphasis on any one sphere.'

'The Club has run a varied programme of events every year mostly on Friday nights. These evenings are a mixture of competition evenings, guest speakers, club speakers and some light entertainment such as quiz nights. The guest speakers over the years have covered very aspect of photography including landscape, portraiture, travel, wildlife, photo-journalism, astrophotography, audio visual shows and film making ... We welcome new members, especially those who are new to photography.'

Category Art Galleries

A wide range of Public Lectures are offered, which can include: Weekly lunchtime Lectures ('Admission is free, but these events are extremely popular and places are limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.'); Lecture-Recitals; The Birmingham Lecture Series (Evenings: 'Admission by ticket only, available from Reception.')

‘A world-class arts and learning centre, The Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.’

Category Selby

Member of the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'Founded in 1955. The Society promotes interest in the local history of Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The Society plays an important role in the local community. Our lectures and other activities are justifiably popular with our 400 members and are well known for their friendly atmosphere, attracting enthusiastic support from members and guests ... The Society presents a monthly lecture from September to April. The emphasis is on local history but our programmes are varied and include a wide range of historical topics. The lectures are free to members; non-members are very welcome and are asked to make a payment.'

'Founded in 2004 by a group of Barnes friends to provide a literary focus for members in the local area and beyond. The Society offers stimulating monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere in the centre of Barnes, when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers give talks on a wide variety of literary topics. These range from novels to historical writing, drama, crime and contemporary issues. We also enjoy visits to places of interest once or twice a year.'

'Supported by The Royal Institute of Philosophy and based in Barnes, London SW13, UK. Any subject is open for discussion: aesthetics, ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, modern continental philosophy, political and social philosophy, philosophy of music, or even in asking "what is philosophy?" or indeed "what is the point of philosophy?".'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

Category Barnet

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Meets September to April each Monday ... Our YPU-affiliated society delivers an active programme of hands on photography and competitions where new photographers can gain experience on all things photographic. Regular workshop topics include exploring techniques such as long exposure, filters, setting up basic lighting, using Adobe Photoshop to edit and enhance your photography, and many others. During the summer, the club arranges photo shoots in and around the local area.'

'Our Club offers a warm and friendly welcome, not only to the more experienced photographer, but to those who just want to improve their photographic skills and get the very best out of their camera or from their images. We have an even mix of gender within the club, with abilities that vary from the “point and shoot” to the more sophisticated digital camera users ... We have a full programme of lectures, fun events, competitions, practical's and the opportunity to get out with your camera with like-minded individuals throughout the North Devon region. For the winter period we meet each Thursday evening at 7.30 pm.'

'Barrington is a conservation village with houses built mainly of local stone or cob and many with a thatched roof. It has a population of about 400 and lies one mile from the southern edge of the Somerset Levels and 3 miles north of Ilminster in South Somerset. Meetings of the Gardening Society are held in the Village Hall on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm (unless otherwise specified) and include a guest speaker and refreshments. Our annual programme is designed to be both informative and entertaining and covers a wide range of subjects.'

Category Rail Transport

'Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable. Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail.  It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a unique railway museum and events venue ... The Roundhouse has an exciting calendar of events throughout the year including regular favourites such as the Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival and a series of weekend themed activities for all the family.'

Category Booksellers

One of the perks I value most about having a bookshop is that our talks series, such as it is (roughly a speaker a month between September – June) enables me to meet professionals in every field (the arts, sciences, even sports) who I would otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. Some few are well-known to the public - hey! It’s a long way up here, the fee is risible, and the Old Waiting Room wherein the talks take place only holds 50 people tops (60 if they’re skinny). Still, some serious names (serious names with big hearts) have been willing to make the perilous journey above Watford. Anyway, all the talks begin at 7.30 and cost £5 (and that includes a glass of plonk no less.)'

'UCL’s global faculty of the built environment ...  Events from across The Bartlett's twelve departments, including conferences and seminars, public lectures, exhibitions, talks, tours and open days.'

'Supports local bat groups across the UK and over 6000 members. We work with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects ... Whether you are a bat-beginner or an expert you are sure to find an event to interest you ... Year round the Bat Conservation Trust, local bat groups as well as conservation and community organisations arrange bat events across the UK from training courses to bat walks for families.'

Category Avon

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

'The Bath Astronomers are a group of local Somerset amateur astronomers sharing a passion for observing the night and daytime sky ... We hold regular monthly meet-ups for informal talks about astronomy (and occasionally other things!) on the last Wednesday of the month. We also enjoy the monthly Herschel Society Lectures which are focused towards the science of astronomy and the history of those involved. All with an interest in astronomy are welcome from beginners to old hands.'

Category Bath

Member of the Avon Beekeepers Association Grouping

'Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.' Normally held September

Category Arts Festivals

'Bath Festivals is a charity that brings some of the finest international musicians, speakers and writers to entertain audiences, in the beautiful venues and spaces of our world heritage city. By creating innovative and diverse programmes, our festivals inspire and provide unique experiences for residents and visitors to Bath. We are responsible for The Bath Festival in the summer and Bath Children’s Literature Festival in the autumn, which bring the city alive with a celebration of the arts.'

'An active and flourishing organisation with about 50 enthusiastic members whose ages range from 17 to 90. Our membership includes every type of geologist from recreational fossil-hunters to academic and professional geologists ... Most of our meetings takes the form of a lecture which is always very professional, up-to-date and invariably entertaining. The lectures are varied and given by geologists from University Departments or from industry. We hold regular field meetings and sometimes there is an annual field-weekend in an agreeable locality.'

'Where else can you see a world class speaker for as little as £2.00? Since 1824, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has hosted almost nightly lectures and created wonderful exhibitions and cultural events for the people of Bath. Thanks to the power of digital technology, BRLSI’s lectures and exhibitions now reach audiences across the globe, whilst at the same time keeping its home crowd happily entertained in the Elwin Room. Whether you are interested in Shakespeare or Shamanism, meteorites or Mexican murals, there is always something on the BRLSI lecture and exhibition programme to suit all tastes.'

'Battersea Society members are local residents and former residents, businesses and even visitors who fell in love with this vibrant part of South West London. Through our work we investigate and honour Battersea’s rich heritage, promote and protect our open spaces, and ensure community is at the heart of development across the historic borough ... By becoming a member you will not only receive our quarterly magazine, Battersea Matters, and invitations to our talks and events, you’ll also join a community of likeminded people celebrating a great place to live and work.'

'B&DHS offers the local community a forum for enjoying all aspects of British history, including the very rich local history of the Battle and eastern Sussex. Founded in 1950 as part of Battle’s contribution to the Festival of Britain, the Society features a year-round series of lectures, occasional excursions, a small research group devoted to local history and a reading group. Our lecture programme has a long tradition of attracting first class speakers ... If you have recently moved to the Battle area or are just visiting and would like to come to one of our meetings, just come along, you will be very welcome.'

'Travel back to 1265 with re-enactments groups from all over the country who will entertain you with various demonstrations of medieval living. Visitors are invited to step back in time to the 13th Century when the Battle of Evesham is re-enacted.' Normally held Early August.

'The Society's chief aim is to educated people about the Battle of Worcester 1651 and its ramifications regionally, nationally and internationally. We achieve this through a number of different ways. Re-enactment, lectures, theatrical plays, school visits, talks and publications all form part of strategy to educate as many people as possible about this incredible part of the UK's history ...The Society is open to any member of the public who wishes to join and support our aims. We have a wide range of members ranging from professional historians and re-enactors through to families and members of the public simply wishing to support the society and find out more.'

'We are friendly group of photography enthusiasts of all ages and levels of skill. We provide a social, supportive club where beginners and experienced photographers alike share their photography and experiences with other photographers ... Throughout the year we have presentations by accomplished photographers on a wide range of photographic subjects - always illustrated by the speaker’s own pictures. At the end of each presentation, time is set aside for questions.'

'Nearly everyone in the UK lives within half an hour’s drive of a battlefield. Some, like Hastings, Bosworth and Culloden, are familiar to most of us. Others are relatively unknown. Yet the battles fought on them all played their part in shaping the way that we live today ... Joining the Trust is a great way of learning more about battles and battlefields. Many of our members are experts in their field and are happy to share their knowledge. We stage regular talks and study days and there’s a full programme of battlefield walks, sometimes in areas not normally accessible to the public.'

Category Aberdeen

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Bedford

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Coventry

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Dorset

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Edinburgh

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Hertfordshire

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Kent

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

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