A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Hampshire

'Our Civic Society works for the community, safeguarding our community’s quality of life, and promoting a healthy environment and civic pride in Aldershot. One of the ways we do this is by meeting regularly with local decision makers and stakeholders. Aldershot Civic Society is open to join for all with an interest in Aldershot, and we actively encourage people who live, work, study, and play in Aldershot to get involved in our activities and contribute to our work.'

'The Society was formed in 1966 to bring together members of the local community and encourage interest in the History, Literature and Archaeology of Alresford and the surrounding areas. It has been instrumental in recording the area’s history and events ... Many of our members have played a pivotal role in the ongoing social and commercial life of our attractive town.'  The Society holds monthly meetings 'where a balanced programme of talks and presentations takes place in a friendly atmosphere'.

'We provide a comprehensive mixed programme of lectures, practicals, competitions and other events.'

'Meetings are usually attended by 50 – 60 members and typically consist of a talk from an invited speaker with an interval for light refreshments providing member with the opportunity to also have a chat.'

A full programme of Field Meetings is held from Spring to Autumn, with a few meetings in the winter as well. These are typically fairly close to Alton and cover a wide range of interests including Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flowers and Botany, Fungi ... If you are interested in joining then come along to any indoor or outdoor meeting without obligation.'

'We meet on the second Tuesday of each month except August ... The Club has regularly welcomed visiting speakers who have provided varied and interesting philatelic displays, but equally it has included evenings when members could simply chat and exchange material.'

Category Andover

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'We are a small society that caters for anyone with an interest in astronomy. We have members of all ages with a range of experience levels from complete beginners to experienced observers. The society has regular meetings that run from September to April each year. We have a varied program to try and cater for everyone and have something for all levels of experience. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.'

Our Society was formed in 1991 by the union of two much older societies - Andover Archaeology Society founded in 1965 and Andover Local History Society founded in 1979. We continue the traditions of those societies, promoting an interest in local history and working to preserve and protect features and items of historic and archaeological interest ... Our annual Dacre Lecture is a public event and is given by an archaeologist or historian of national standing.'

'The aim of the Group is to focus on developing member's photographic knowledge and skills through a mixture of hands on learning, lectures, competitions in a relaxed and friendly social environment. We view members work by internal competitions, fun competitive and non competitive meetings, shared knowledge and experience and arrange talks on a variety of subjects by experts or enthusiasts.'

'Bishop's Waltham Aviation Group welcomes all BWAG members and visitors to our site. We are a non-profit group of aviation enthusiasts for whom a series of monthly talks of aviation interest and occasional visits are arranged ... The regular meeting date is the first Tuesday in the month from September to June.'

'A Society dedicated to studying and researching the history of Southampton in general, but with particular reference to the City areas east of the River Itchen – Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Harefield, Itchen, Merry Oak, Midanbury, Peartree, Sholing, Thornhill, Townhill Park, Weston and Woolston ... Meetings of Bitterne Local History Society are held on the second Saturday ... Society news and notice of local meetings of historical interest are followed by talks on a variety of topics illustrated with slides, sometimes with related artefacts.'

'We are a friendly and welcoming Club based in Catisfield near Fareham. We aim to learn from both our speakers and also from our fellow members ... We have at least 10 events a year, including regular talks, an annual garden auction and a summer visit. Our talks are usually on gardening and garden related subjects but sometimes we have other talks of interest to our members.'

'Discover the "Great House" referred to in Jane Austen’s letters, now sensitively restored, relax in the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, and find inspiration in the lives and works of our women writers ... We run a lively and varied events programme, including evening talks, music recitals and international conferences.'

'Our outreach projects aim to inspire the next generation of philosophers and to bring philosophy into the wider community. Doing philosophy doesn’t require any special knowledge, tools or techniques – just reason, an open mind, and a willingness to challenge assumptions. Our outreach activities are focused on facilitating and guiding philosophical debate and reflection for those who may have had no prior exposure to the subject.'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

'The Society was formed in 1919, originally for local allotment holders. Nowadays, the Society welcomes anyone who is interested in gardening of any sort.' Activities include 'a programme of talks on gardening and related subjects'.

Category Fareham

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'The Club is a comfortable venue for meetings for buying and selling between members, auctions, competitions, displays and evenings with visits from a variety of experts. We are known as a friendly Club ... The Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month 7.30 pm (except August).'

'Fleet and Crookham Local History Group was founded in 1985 for people with an interest in the history of Fleet, Church Crookham, Crookham Village and their immediate area in this corner of northeast Hampshire ... providing a programme of talks and visits, workshops and public displays.'

Category Fleet

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'The aim of the Society shall be to promote good horticultural practices among its members by: * Holding regular meetings for lectures, discussions and demonstrations; * Holding horticultural shows and  competitions (members only); * Arranging an annual outing to a well known garden or place of interest ...'

'We honour and promote the heritage and culture of the Gurkha Soldier and his continuing service to Britain. Gurkhas have loyally served this country for over 200 years. The Gurkha Museum ensures the future of Gurkha Heritage by celebrating, honouring and promoting the history and culture of the Gurkha Soldier and their continuing service to Britain.'

Category Hampshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association dates back to 1882. It unites 15 Local Associations within the County by organising Conventions and Honey Shows as well as promoting training through the Region ... All Associations are happy for non-members to attend a meeting occasionally but please check with the Secretary, or a member of the committee, that it is convenient for you to attend.'

Category Hampshire

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'Promoting and encouraging the study of family history research since our formation in 1974. Our aim is to help you trace your family’s Hampshire roots ... We meet regularly to discuss the opportunity to share, learn, exchange ideas and information, as well as to help us each further explore our family history projects ... Across the County we have 13 groups that meet monthly offering lectures, visits and discussions.'

Category Hampshire

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'An active group with a current membership of about 80, interested in all aspects of Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology. Our activities have included surveys of mills, breweries, brickworks, etc., as well as restoration and preservation ... We meet once a month ... usually with a talk on an IA related subject.'

Category Hampshire

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

'Hayling Island Horticultural Society was founded in 1886. It is run by its members for its members. We have near 800 households as members, including many located off island ... The Society remains in good heart with many awards for the Shows, a varied and enterprising programme of talks, excellent visits to places of interest ...'

'Established in 1952, Hayling Island Stamp Club is a group of collectors interested in all aspects of philately, including postal history and the social, historical and topical aspects of the hobby. Meetings include talks and presentations on a very wide range of subjects by invited experienced collectors; competitions and displays by members; an annual auction and social events. The Club welcomes new members, and can offer help, advice and encouragement to anyone who is new to stamp collecting or who might be considering returning to the hobby.'

'It was in this pretty Hampshire cottage that Jane Austen revised, wrote and had published all six of her treasured novels. Today you can step back in time and follow in Jane's footsteps, see the rooms where she composed her books and created her timeless characters, explore her home, discover objects that belonged to her and wander in the beautiful cottage garden.'

Category Winchester

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

Category Winchester

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'We exist for the gardeners of Milford on Sea, providing a succession of interesting speakers and demonstrations for our members. We also try to function as a social and meeting place for like-minded gardeners and everyone is welcome to visit. If we don’t make your visit enjoyable please let us know!'

'One of the oldest local history societies in the country ... We have been collecting historical records ever since the Society was founded in 1909. Today we have over 8,000 and we are making them more accessible through our on-line archive catalogue ... We have an active membership with a programme of talks and an annual outing.'

'The New Forest History and Archaeology Group was founded in 2008 to replace the New Forest section of the Hampshire Field Club. The focus of the group is on practical fieldwork and recording of the Forest's archaeology and local history ... It will hold occasional lectures and field outings, but the bulk of the work will be of a practical nature.'

'Formed in 1984 and brings together enthusiasts who have an active interest in nineteenth century military fortifications and associated artillery worldwide, but particularly within Hampshire, and is focussed on the ring of forts that protected Portsmouth ... Meetings are held at Fort Nelson on the third Wednesday of every month, excluding August and December, often with speakers on military subjects that may range from Victorian guns to local history to World War One and Two ... One meeting each year is normally a visit to a local fort or gun battery not generally available to the public.'

'The purpose of the Society is the promotion of the hobby of philately, and assistance to philatelists, particularly in Petersfield and the surrounding area. If you collect, or are interested in: stamps, postcards or postal history at all levels then why not come along and meet like-minded people. Society meetings are normally held on the first Monday each month ... at 7.30 pm. About half of our members attend regularly, and we have a mixture of visiting speakers, competitions and other informal meetings throughout the year.'

'As one of the leading Hampshire's most active Stamp, Postal History and Postcard Societies. We offer a full programme of; talks, displays (some given by leading experts), visits to exhibitions/fairs, philatelic auctions and several evenings devoted to members' own displays. Our talks cover all aspects of Philately; Stamps, Postal History, Postcards etc., and are of interest not only to collectors but also to those interested in local history. We cater for all members, be they beginners or expert philatelists.'

Category Europe

'Offers presentations and discussions on a wide and eclectic range of Hispanic topics. Something of interest to anyone interested in all aspects of Hispanic culture and life ... The main activities of the Society are Spanish language classes and the Monthly Meetings. The meetings are a social evening, with tapas, accompanied by presentations or demonstration followed by discussions ... Our Monthly Meetings are open to anyone aged 18 or over and are conducted in English. Some Spanish may be spoken but will be translated. Non-members are very welcome to attend any meeting.'

'Established in 1940, we are a dedicated band of fellow gardeners, flower growers, and all things horticultural and craft wise ... Throughout the year Purbrook Horticultural Society lay on a series of informative meetings about gardening, conservation, plants, nature, flower shows and lots more besides.'

Category Romsey

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'We are an active group of over 250 members which includes local amateur historians and archaeologists, whose aim is to research, record and preserve the history of Romsey and local areas for future generations ... If you are a member of the Romsey Local History Society ... you are welcome to attend any of the guided walks, or regular lectures and talks which are organised as part of your membership. Non-members are welcome to attend these events ... subject to spaces/seats being available ... Romsey Local History Society is part of the LTVAS Group (The Lower Test Valley Archaeological Study Group).'

Category Lymington

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

Founded 1972: We host a comprehensive range of talks ... Both members and non-members are invited ... The club's observatory at Toothill is located in a relatively dark site just outside Southampton'.

'We hold a Monthly Social Meeting involving a slide show or a guest speaker and covering all aspects of aviation.'

'We are a group of over 60 aviation enthusiasts located in the Southampton area ... Our society was founded in 1980 ... It is open to anyone with an interest in aviation and although the name states “Historical” we try to cater for all aspects of aviation. Our activities are mainly concerned with having guest speakers at our monthly meetings talking on any aspects of aviation. We visit RAF stations, air shows & museums etc that have an aviation theme. We also have a few social functions throughout the year including our own fly-in.'

'South Hampshire Humanists started up in 1993 for those in the region who choose to live without religion. We hold regular meetings, informal discussion groups and social gatherings.'

Category Lymington

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'We are one of the leading and most active societies in the area and seek to cater for everyone interested in stamps and postal history, whether they are experienced philatelists or collectors new to the hobby. Our programme covers a diverse range of activities including twice monthly evening meetings with first class speakers, auctions, bourse evenings, competitions and a stamp packet circulation. There is also an afternoon meeting each month.'

Category Antiquity

'We are a non-profit organisation that hosts monthly Egyptological themed meetings that are open to members and visitors alike ... Our meetings usually take place on the third Saturday of the month (excluding August) ... Since our founding in 1998, our membership and reputation amongst other UK societies has ensured that we continue to secure lectures from top class speakers.'

Founded 1923: 'We hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the each month from September through to July ... Our main meeting usually features a guest speaker and a small amount of society business. We are always happy to welcome guests and newcomers ... Some people think they can’t join an astronomy society because they are only "beginners" – that is nonsense! We are happy to welcome beginners and experts alike, in fact some of our talks are specifically aimed at beginners'.

Founded 1896: 'From time to time you may take an interest in our programme and just come along for that evening. In most cases where we have a speaker or an activity visitors are very welcome. Just occasionally the event may be closed off to visitors in favour of the membership only'.

Category Rail Transport

'The Society covers the railway transport interests of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight, but with the most interest concentrated around the City of Southampton and its surrounding area, in the county of Hampshire. Generally, the Society's interest largely follows the geographical area, and the history, of the western section of the former Southern Railway. Subjects for the monthly meetings, held in Southampton, consist usually of a guest speaker presenting slides or films of their particular railway based interest. Railway heritage, history and modern rail transport are covered, as well as infrastructure around the region, and occasionally foreign railway activity. The Southern Counties Railway Society is for people who have an interest in steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and electric trains from their earliest incarnations, through to the modern rolling stock, track and stations now populating the current rail network in the Southampton area and beyond.'

'A thriving, friendly club that welcomes all residents of Sway and the surrounding towns and villages to attend our monthly meetings.'

Category Winchester

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Alton

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Fleet

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Winchester

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Lymington

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Lymington

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Lymington

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Romsey

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

'Discover the upcoming events in our calendar – from public lectures, performances and exhibitions, to conferences, seminars and open days.'

'From high-profile lectures to music concerts and meditation sessions, we host a wide variety of events for our students, staff and the wider community.'

'There are lectures and other events open to the general public throughout the year.'

Aims: 'To help and encourage members to enjoy their hobby through mutual interest, regular assessment opportunities, competitions, lectures, tutorials and activities. The Club encourages complete beginners and challenges the seasoned enthusiast ... Throughout the year guest speakers are invited to give lectures on a wide range of photographic topics. These can range from portraiture to macro photography to landscapes and nature. They are intended to inspire, inform, interest and guide all levels of photographer'.

'WARG, the society for Winchester archaeology and local history, promotes the study of archaeology and local history in the City of Winchester and the surrounding area, through monthly events including lectures; walks; excursions and excavations.'

Monthly talks - usually on the first Monday evening of each month.

'Founded in 1923, WPS is one of the largest clubs in the southern region. Our membership covers all levels of photographic skills, from absolute beginners who have yet to purchase a camera, to those who travel the world producing sensational images of people and places, flora and fauna. As well as guest lecturers and competitions at our weekly Tuesday meetings, we offer workshops, tutorials and outings to help members improve their skills.'

'Established in 1967 by a few local amateur gardeners who were keen to get together and share gardening knowledge and experiences. The club has grown and currently has about 100 members. Apart from horticultural activities, our programme of events include group visits to formal houses and gardens and regular talks from experts on a wide range of topics.'

Founded 1974: 'Yateley Camera Club is a friendly, easy going camera club that welcomes anybody, of any age, with an interest in all things photographic'.

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