Area: Northamptonshire

'Brixworth is set in the rural county of Northamptonshire and has a rich historical heritage. There is evidence of a Roman Villa to the north of the village and its Grade1 listed Saxon Church is widely regarded. Many of the buildings in the older part of the village are built of Northamptonshire Ironstone. Ironstone quarries were worked in the fields around the village until the late 19th century ... The History Society meets in the village hall on the third Thursday of the month for presentations and talks given by visiting speakers. New members and visitors are welcome.'

Category Local Heritage

'Formed in 2000 by a small group of villagers anxious to see the heritage of the area preserved for ever. Our mandate has not wavered - to study record and stimulate interest in the heritage of our two villages and their surrounding areas. Our membership fluctuates between 40 to 50 members. The Society organises and manages an annual programme of twelve open meetings in which it invites knowledgeable speakers to talk on a wide variety of subjects of local, national and international interest.'

'Serving Corby and the surrounding area our friendly club has a varied programme including lectures, practical sessions and competitions ... We are open to all with an interest in photography, whether you are already an experienced photographer or someone who is looking to develop their skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. You don't need lots of fancy equipment, just a keen eye and enthusiasm. All are welcome.'

'We have a large number of people from around the country come and give us talks. Most of these are well known people who give a wide variety of talks on a diverse set of topics.'

We’re a friendly group of photographers – all levels, ages and types of camera, and 50/50 male/female ... Visitors and new members are always welcome. We cater for all levels of photographer from beginner to expert.'

'Long Buckby  Museum was opened in 2000 with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The museum gives you an insight into the history of the village and surrounding area, it is of interest to any person looking into aspects of village life, people and events.'

'We're a friendly and accessible club. Whether you're new to photography or an old hand, if you're looking to meet up with other photographers to discuss the latest tech, improve your skills or get feedback on your photos, you'll be sure to get a warm welcome ... We have a varied programme of events, including internal and external competitions, guest speakers, member workshops and photo walks.'

Category Northampton

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Northampton

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'Founded in 1882 and became a Registered Charity in 1987. Its primary objective is to “advance the education of the public in apiculture in Northamptonshire”  ... Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month ... These regular meetings provide Apiarist guidance and social interaction for both members and non-members. They take the form of presentations by experienced beekeepers from across the country.'

Founded 'by birding enthusiasts in Northamptonshire as a means of sharing the pleasure of wild birds and birding. We try to cater for all levels of interest from local birds to world-wide birding. We have members interested in recording bird sightings, in ringing, in doing regular surveys or bird counts, in photography and in travel. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months for an indoor meeting ... In summer we hold a couple of these meetings at a local birding site'.

'We were founded in 1976 and have around 650 members, mainly from the UK but also many from overseas ... On the 1st Monday of the month the talk will be with a speaker and the 4th Monday will be a local interest meeting. The latter will feature various areas of the County, based loosely on the parishes within each Poor Law Union, and will identify useful resources for research in that area such as parish chest records, estate collections, local sources and more!'

'The Northamptonshire Natural History Society, founded 1876, welcomes all who are interested in the wonders of science and nature. We cater for all levels of interest, from those who are just starting to realise how amazing nature is, to those who have a life-long passion for the natural world. The Society has its own rooms and laboratory, located near the Derngate & Royal Theatres in the centre of Northampton. There are over 250 meetings, walks and visits per year, arranged by the different sections.'

'The Society exists to publish the records of the ancient county of Northamptonshire including the former Soke of Peterborough and to promote the study of the county's history ... All members receive: * The Society's Journal, Northamptonshire Past and Present, published annually; * Regular volumes, approximately one every two years; * Invitations to two lectures per year; * Access to the Society's facilities at Wootton Hall Park, including the extensive library of local and national history.'

Category Northamptonshire

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

'Established in 2002 as a successful springtime event, the Oundle Festival of Literature has evolved into an all year-round celebration of literature, a format that is popular with our performers and authors, and offers our audience a variety of events throughout the year. The Festival prides itself on featuring both fiction and non-fiction, including contemporary and genre-based fiction and an eclectic mix of non-fiction including environmental, political, historical and local interest topics.'

'We have been organising events related to local history since May 2005. These normally cover Roade and its environs and sometimes the wider county. A feature of events has been "Sons and Daughters of the Village": presentations by residents, past and present, who have created history in their lifetime or have interesting reminiscences about their life in Roade. Events normally take place every month (except August) and start at 7.30pm ... Non-members are very welcome.'

'We meet most Tuesdays ... and currently have around 70 members. We are a progressive club whose aim is to further the interests and skills of our members. We offer a full range of activities, with regular lectures on all aspects of the photographic arts and sciences. There are also competitions in all types of photography, and help and advice is always available.'

'Established in 1965 to preserve the heritage of Thrapston District and its inhabitants ... Our monthly meetings include speakers on different aspects of local history and there is always an opportunity to meet up with fellow members afterwards. Visits to local places of historical interest are also arranged for the Summer months.'

The Aims of the Society are 'to find out about the history of Towcester and to publicise what has been discovered. We are particularly interested in finding out new and interesting things ... Members keep in touch with each other through the monthly meetings , and the quarterly newsletter. In addition there are occasional evening outings to local villages and museums and an annual whole day coach trip to a place of historic interest.'

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