A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Surrey

'We bring together those interested in local history and archaeology and to encourage research in Addlestone, New Haw, Ottershaw, Row Town, Weybridge and Woodham areas. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding August) ... with speakers covering a variety of topics.'

'Meetings are varied and diverse with competitions, talks from external speakers and members on all manner of subjects such as travel and technique. We also have practical evenings, workshops and outings.'

'A small friendly club with regular display nights, talks and auctions. Come along and join us for one of our meetings. Visitors and new members always welcome.'

'Ashford (Middlesex) Camera Club is a friendly club for the enjoyment of photography and digital imaging. Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced ... Anyone with an interest in photography, perhaps just learning to master a camera or manipulate images for the first time, may find interesting meetings and friendly advice.'

'Discover the pioneers of speed, flight and adventure at the birthplace of British motorsport, aviation and home of Concorde ... The Brooklands Members organise many events specifically aimed at members throughout the year. These include a series of Classic Talks, interviews with Motoring Legends, lunches, coach trips, shows, our own annual Classic Car Show, and a special black tie annual dinner.'

'Regular meetings are held at four locations around Surrey, which are free for members to attend, where you can meet like-minded people and hear talks on a variety of related topics. Talks vary from family history to social and local history.'

Category Surrey

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

Category Esher

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Walton-on-Thames

Purpose of the Society is 'to provide facilities for those who wish to enjoy and increase their knowledge of natural history. The Society's main area of interest is the Elmbridge District of Surrey, which offers a good range of habitats and includes some sites, such as the commons around Esher and Oxshott, which are of major wildlife importance within the county and indeed nationally' ... 'Meetings are held from October to April on the second Wednesday of the month ... Meetings usually take the form of an illustrated talk covering a variety of natural history and environmental themes. One meeting is reserved for a member's evening where members talk about their current activities, bring specimens of interest for discussion, or make a short presentation.'

'Serving skywatchers in Southwest London and North Surrey ... We are a society dedicated to all aspects of amateur astronomy and as such we hold monthly meetings of lectures and talks on a range of astronomy related subjects by many guest speakers.'

'Ewhurst is a village about 35 miles south west of London on the Surrey Sussex border. Close by is the larger village of Cranleigh and the nearest towns of Guildford, Dorking and Horsham, are each about 10 miles away ... Ewhurst History Society has a regular programme of lectures from September to May and meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.'

'The aim of the Society is to promote interest in geology and its allied sciences for people of all levels of geological knowledge, ranging from the interested amateur up to professional geologist. This is achieved by holding regular monthly meetings in Farnham at which invited speakers cover all aspects of the geological spectrum, ranging from palaeontology through to structural geology, volcanism, earthquakes and environmental effects.'

'A flourishing group of Humanists, and people with similar views and beliefs, who enjoy sharing ideas, being stimulated by talks from invited speakers, contributing to the community and socialising ... In addition to monthly talks we also hold other events such as pub walks, pub cycles, an annual public panel meeting or debate, visit to a place of Humanist interest, annual dinner, garden party, festive evening and we have a thriving bookclub.'

'The Fintry Trust is an educational charity dedicated to the study and teaching of ideal philosophy, science, art and religion. At its headquarters in Surrey it organises study days, talks and retreats, emphasising the universal ideas which underlie all religions and all knowledge.'

'We meet once a month in central Guildford between September and May. Our annual programme includes talks about stamp collecting by expert speakers.'

Category Guildford

Member of The British Fuchsia Society Grouping

'Our mission at The Guildford Institute is to provide an educational, cultural and social community hub in the heart of Guildford offering a special place for people of all backgrounds to meet, learn and explore ... Our termly programme includes a range of activities, such as courses, talks and events.'

'The Society was formed in 1951 with the main aim of tracing, recording and disseminating information on all aspects of Horley and its surrounding villages in Surrey. Members have differing levels of involvement – some carry out research into topics with the intention of publishing their results while others are content to enjoy the monthly speakers and activities ... We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month (except August) ... This usually takes the form of an illustrated talk on a subject relating to local history or a more generalised historical event.'

Category Surrey

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

'The town of Leatherhead and its neighbouring villages of Great and Little Bookham, Fetcham, and Ashtead lie at the top of the North Downs in the Surrey Hills. They share the River Mole with the town of Dorking and other villages to the south, together forming what is now Mole Valley District. Since 1946 the Leatherhead & District Local History Society has provided an essential point of contact for anyone fascinated by the way this little part of England has changed both in living memory and centuries past. The Society owns and manages the Leatherhead Museum of Local History, produces a quarterly newsletter, Proceedings and publications and has its own library and a large archive collection of research sources. We host talks and other events.'

'The Mole Valley Geological Society normally meets monthly for lectures, soirées and occasional field excursions to study the geology of the Mole Valley and beyond. Founded in 1979, the Society is a Local Group of the Geologists’ Association, founded in 1858. Visitors are very welcome. No previous geological knowledge is needed, just intense curiosity about the Earth and its history.'

Formed 2007. Society Objectives include 'to arrange meetings and lectures on subjects related to the history of Molesey and to arrange visits to places of historical, literary, archaeological or architectural interest ... We hold a wide variety of talks at venues around Molesey, including Hampton Court Palace'.

Category Redhill

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

'The Society was founded in 1951 to foster interest in local history, particularly of our own area, namely Sunbury, Shepperton, Charlton, Littleton, and Halliford ... We hold talks every month (3rd Tuesday) from September to May.'

Category Surrey

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'The Society was established in 1854 "for the investigation of subjects connected with the history and antiquities of the County of Surrey". Despite subsequent changes in administrative boundaries, the Society's objectives remain substantially the same, and the present area of interest includes the historic county up to the Thames ... Symposia, lecture courses and visits are organised and well-supported.'

'British beekeeping is unusual in that it is mostly undertaken by enthusiastic amateurs. The main organisation supporting this is the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). The BBKA is made up of area associations. Surrey Beekeepers Association (SBKA) is one of the largest area associations. It was founded in 1879 ... and has over 1000 members. Beekeeping is organised at a local level and area associations are broken down into smaller divisions. Within SBKA, we have eight local divisions covering the whole of Surrey. Most activities are organised by the local divisions.'

Category Surrey

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Gardens Trusts

'Aims to raise awareness of and to protect Surrey's rich heritage of outstanding historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes ... Our Events Committee organises an exciting programme of lectures, garden visits and study days throughout the year. These events provide an opportunity for members to learn more about the beauty, character and historical significance of the gardens and landscapes in Surrey and surrounding counties. The winter lectures are informative and entertaining discussions about various aspects of garden history, design and horticulture. These lectures are given by enthusiastic speakers well known in their respective fields.'

'Surrey History Centre in Woking collects and preserves the records of Surrey's past and present, documenting the story of the county and its people from the 12th century to the 21st century. Visiting the centre to use our collections is free, staff are always happy to offer advice, and we have a busy programme of exhibitions, talks and events.'

Category Surrey

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

Category Cranleigh

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Epsom

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Woking

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Walton-on-Thames

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Weybridge

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

'We cover the ancient County of Surrey, both Rural Surrey and the Metropolitan Surrey area, i.e. those parts of the old county of Surrey which are now in Greater London. Our meetings are held in the western part of the County.'

Category Woking

Member of the West Surrey Family History Society Grouping

Category Surrey

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

'Founded in 1976 to bring together those who have an interest in the life and writings of William Cobbett. A passionate defender of the freedom of the press Cobbett was prepared to defend it at the cost of imprisonment and exile.'

We formed in 1968 as the Mayford History Society but changed to Mayford and Woking District History Society in 1983 and then to Woking History Society in 1999 ... Our main activity is a programme of eight talks each year by visiting and home-grown speakers on aspects of the history of Woking and other historical topics.'

Category Local Heritage

'Formed in 1982 ... by a small group of enthusiasts who shared interests in history and archaeology. Many were particularly concerned with learning more about the local events which shaped the area from the earliest times ... Meetings are held ... on the first Wednesday of each month (except for the months of June, July and August) when usually an illustrated talk is given by a guest speaker.'

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