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'This is a friendly society which welcomes new members . Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month ... Most of our meetings consist of a talk by our main speaker followed by free tea, coffee and biscuits. There is then either a short beginners talk or “Sky Notes” to say what is happening in the sky in the coming month.'

Founded 1984: 'The Society’s aim is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of the life & works of Richard Wagner ... We hold meetings monthly from September to June/July and a residential study course in the summer ... We welcome guests to our talks, and offer substantial discounts should you decide to become a member. Students are eligible for free membership and attendance at the talks.'

'Exists for the promotion of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the life and works of Richard Wagner and is affiliated to the  Richard Wagner Verband International. The Society’s activities include regular meetings, talks, study days, concerts and master-classes held in Central London, for which a modest charge is made.'

'The primary aims of the Society are to keep alive the fellwalking traditions promoted by Alfred Wainwright through his guidebooks and other publications and to keep faith with his vision of introducing a wider audience to fellwalking and caring for the hills ... The first Wainwright Memorial Lecture was held in 2003, when the speaker was the Patron of the Society, Hunter Davies ... The majority of our lectures have attendances of over 200 members and guests (members receive a discounted entrance fee).'

'Wales Environment Link (WEL) is a network of environmental, countryside and heritage non-governmental organisations working across Wales since 1990. WEL supports its members in engaging with the Welsh Government and Parliament, and helps them to work together to develop effective environmental policy and practice.'

Category Dudley

Member of the Photographic Societies - Birmingham and Around Grouping

Category Wallasey

Member of the Photographic Societies - Merseyside Grouping

Category Didcot

Member of the Photographic Societies - Oxfordshire Grouping

Category Wallsend

Member of the Local History Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Walsall

Member of the Photographic Societies - Birmingham and Around Grouping

Category Waltham Forest

Member of the Photographic Societies - London (East) Grouping

'The Museum was founded in 1983. Its mission is to preserve, store, and interpret the heritage and history of the industries and people of the River Wandle ... The museum is located in Mitcham, Surrey ... The once industrial River Wandle flows through the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth. It rises in both Carshalton and Croydon before its path takes it into the Thames at Wandsworth. With a fall of 38 metres (126ft) and a length of 19 kilometres (12 miles) it is a very fast flowing river ... Whilst industries still exist along the river today, they sadly no longer use its power. Today, the river is a place of leisure with nature reserves and pleasant parkland that makes a walk along its length a very enjoyable one.'

Category Peterborough

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Cambridgeshire Grouping

Category Wantage

Member of the Photographic Societies - Oxfordshire Grouping

'An eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!'

Category Huntingdon

Member of the Local History Societies - Cambridgeshire Grouping

Category Antiquity

'The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.'

Category Hertford

Member of the Photographic Societies - Hertfordshire Grouping

Category Swanage

Member of the Photographic Societies - Dorset Grouping

Category Reading

Member of the Local History Societies - Berkshire Grouping

Category Alnwick

Member of the Local History Societies - Northumberland Grouping

Category Warrington

Member of the Photographic Societies - Cheshire Grouping

'Six times every year we hold stimulating lectures followed by a lively question and answer session on a variety of topics including science, art, history, politics, music and literature. You are welcome to join us either as a member for the year or as a guest for an individual talk.'

Category Warrington

Member of the Photographic Societies - Cheshire Grouping

Category Mansfield

Member of the Local History Societies - Nottinghamshire Grouping

Category Booksellers

'The town’s only independent bookshop, established in 2004. We love books and we aim to offer the highest quality of service to our customers. Whether you visit our first floor to curl up on our cosy sofa, enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee whilst browsing our poetry, sport and health books or explore the ground floor for fiction, travel, history whilst the kids enjoy our extensive children’s section, we look forward to your visit.'

Category Warwick

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Modern History

'Warwick Words is a festival of the written and spoken word in the historic town of Warwick ... Warwick Words has been hosting annual Festivals in Warwick since 2002 ... In 2016, the Festival became specifically a History Festival, focussing on events with a theme of the past: Warwick is the ideal location for a History Festival, with its own rich history and a wealth of historic buildings in which to stage our events.' Held Early October.

Category Warwickshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Warwickshire has eight Branch Associations, each with a programme of activities throughout the year. Honey bees are only active during the spring and summer, so the summer programme focuses on the apiary and the practical aspects of managing honey bees through the season. During the winter months each Branch arranges a programme of talks and demonstrations.'

Category Washington

Member of the Photographic Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Washington

Member of the Local History Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Booksellers

'Waterstones began in 1982 under the aegis of its founder, Tim Waterstone. Over the decades that have followed, we have grown to become an icon of the British cultural landscape, employing over 3000 superb booksellers across over 280 bookshops. As the last surviving national bookshop chain, under the helmsmanship of Managing Director James Daunt, we are proud to have fought off the perceived threat of e-readers and online competition to begin a programme of active expansion ... Working closely with our bookshops are our efforts online, where at Waterstones.com we are working to bring the very essence of Waterstones to every home and smartphone in Britain.'

Category Watford

Member of the Photographic Societies - Hertfordshire Grouping

Category Watford

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Booksellers

'We are one of the world’s oldest and leading independent bookshops specialising in esoterica. Since our inception, Watkins holds a proud legacy of offering one of the world's largest selections of spiritual and esoteric literature. We stock titles on Eastern Philosophy and Western Esoterica, as well as a wide variety of contemporary forms of Mind, Body & Spirit related material.'

Category Lowestoft

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Suffolk Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'Remembering a unique railway – the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead. We are the only group dedicated solely to this railway ... We have regular Members' meetings every two months i.e. six per year. Our meeting venues alternate between Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead (in that order of course!). We have guest speakers giving talks on a variety of subjects (usually railways).'

'The UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. Founded in 1903, the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities ... We believe every adult should have access to education and its benefits right on their doorstep. Currently, the opportunity for a better future is too often made inaccessible for reasons including cost, location and a lack of information. We are committed to removing any barriers so that individuals can improve their own life chances and have a positive impact on their communities and society as a whole. We’re different from further education colleges, because we reach and connect with those who need education most and who are often farthest from study.'

Category Local Heritage

'Step back in time! Enjoy rescued rural buildings, set in 40 acres of the South Downs National Park, depicting 1000 years of rural life in South East England ... From our historic life weekends, exhibitions, courses in traditional trades and crafts and seasonal activities, to a selection of open-air theatre for you to enjoy against the backdrop of our beautiful Museum, there really is something for everyone.'

Category Bishop Auckland

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - County Durham Grouping

Category Northwich

Member of the Local History Societies - Cheshire Grouping

Category Redditch

Member of the Photographic Societies - Worcestershire Grouping

Wellbeing of Women was established in 1964 and has been raising funds ever since then to invest in medical research and the development of specialist doctors and nurses working in the field of reproductive and gynaecological health.'

'Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art ... Events and exhibitions happen online and in our building. All our permanent and temporary exhibitions are free, and so are most events. We hold a wide variety of events throughout the year, from tours to multi-part festivals.'

'We are the Public Engagement Team - part of Connecting Science - at the Wellcome Genome Campus: A group of passionate enthusiasts whose mission is to share the world of genomics science with public and schools everywhere. We do this through a range of live and digital experiences ... We're lucky to share our mission with pioneering scientists in the world-class facilities of the Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute driving some of the most exciting (and potentially life-changing) science in the world. Kick started by the Human Genome Project, our campus has a rich history which you're invited to come and experience.'

Category Hereford

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Herefordshire Grouping

Category Telford

Member of the Local History Societies - Shropshire Grouping

'Set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community ... Our main objective is to promote the enjoyment and excitement of books and to encourage a love of the written word. We do this by bringing to Wells a wide range of international, national and local writers to entertain, challenge, inspire and inform audiences of all ages and tastes. This extensive selection of events does not pose a dilemma for our audience; unlike many other literary festivals, no two events run at the same time, so it is possible (if ambitious!) to attend every single one.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Rail Transport

'We are a friendly group interested in all aspects of railways from modelling to photography and history and just a general interest in trains of all sorts. We hold monthly meetings from September to May.'

'Founded in 1943, WBKA is the umbrella organisation for 19 local associations across Wales. Representatives of these 19 associations, and specialist members, form the WBKA Council which meets three times a year.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) is a national organisation campaigning to save historic gardens and parks from neglect, indifference, insensitive planning and planting, for future generations.'

Category Christianity

'Founded in 1893 for the advancement of interest in the history of all branches of the Methodist Church ... The Wesley Historical Society Membership offers you: * A world class Methodist resource library; * Lectures by eminent Historians; * The Proceedings of the Society 3 times a year; * A Residential Conference; * An Annual Lecture and General Meeting for business, fellowship and information;  * Local Wesley / Methodist Historical Regional Societies in several parts of the British Isles.'

'Exists to promote and advance public education and interest in the science of astronomy and related sciences and to provide facilites for the encouragement and pursuit of observational astronomy.'

Category Bournemouth

Member of the Federation of British Bonsai Societies Grouping

Category Bournemouth

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

Category Hampshire

Member of The Orchid Society of Great Britain Grouping

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

Category Workington

Member of the Photographic Societies - Cumbria Grouping

'West Didsbury Astronomical Society was formed to bring people together who have an interest in Astronomy. If you are interested in astronomy and you’re in the Manchester (UK) area come and meet other local astronomers. Everyone is welcome from the complete beginner to the more experienced astronomer. There are regular meetings during the year and ad hoc observing sessions.'

Category Southampton

Member of the Local History Societies - Hampshire Grouping

Category Northampton

Member of the Photographic Societies - Northamptonshire Grouping

Category Kent

Member of the Badger Trust Grouping

'Organises ten philosophy events per year (monthly except in July and August) that are open for anyone to attend. Five of our events are held on Saturday afternoons and five on weekday evenings – usually on a Tuesday or Thursday.'

Category Lambeth

Member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends Grouping

'Our Aims: * To promote a wider interest in the science of geology through organised lectures, field excursions and social activities; * To provide a link between the amateur, the student, the teacher and the professional geologist; * To foster interest in geological sites within the area with a view to their study and wise conservation: * To establish and maintain good relations with organisations that have common interests ... Lectures are held at 7:30 on a Tuesday in the months from October to December inclusive. The AGM, involving a members evening, is normally held in April, but the movable feast of Easter makes its date somewhat variable.'

Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Grouping

Category Avon

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

'The Society was founded in 1967 and has a membership mostly drawn from a wide area of the western side of London ... We meet every month except August,  alternately at two venues in Harrow and Hillingdon boroughs, so we cover a wide area of the west of London area. You definitely don't need to be an advanced amateur to join, as we try to keep meetings at a level which anyone with a general interest in astronomy can follow. Probably the majority of our membership consists of people just like you – interested but not obsessed!'

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

'The Society was founded in 1977 and currently has around 80 members. It is organised for and by enthusiastic amateurs ... Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except for July and August ... Meetings begin at 7:30 pm where a varied and interesting programme of talks are given by guest speakers. Talks are designed for beginners and experts alike, with tea, coffee and biscuits after. Talks are generally atttended by an average of 40 members.'

Category Bromley

Member of the Photographic Societies - London (South) Grouping

Category Trowbridge

Member of the Wiltshire Beekeepers Association Grouping

Category Dorking

Member of the Local History Societies - Surrey Grouping

Category Sevenoaks

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

Category Isle of Man

Member of the Photographic Societies - Isle of Man Grouping

'Formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. It does not seek to glorify war and is non-political ... Belonging to The Western Front Association provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.'

Category Suffolk

Member of the Western Front Association Grouping

'The Westminster Abbey Institute has been founded to foster faith in public life, among those working around Parliament Square and beyond. The Institute draws on the Abbey’s resources of spirituality and scholarship, rooted in its Benedictine tradition, to be a public forum for vigorous debate and lively truth-telling on issues of faith, ethics, politics and public policy-making.' Named Annual Lectures within the Abbey include: Charles Gore Memorial LecturesEric Symes Abbott Memorial LecturesOne People Oration.

'The Society is open to anyone who is interested in Earth Sciences. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.  Non-members can attend an event for a small fee ... There is a winter programme of lectures in Kendal, on the third Wednesday of each month, and tutorials on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  In the summer, excursions (fieldtrips) are organised, to places of geological interest.  All are within a reasonable distance of Kendal.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Music, art, comedy, drama, spoken word, heritage and social events every October in Wetherby, Yorkshire.'

'New members are always welcome at Weymouth Astronomy Club regardless of experience. The only pre-requisite required is a keen interest in the night sky.'

Category Harpenden

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Hertfordshire Grouping

Category Durham (City)

Member of the Local History Societies - County Durham Grouping

Aim is 'to be a comprehensive guide to what's on throughout the country - ranging from the smallest village show or sale to events of national prominence. All are listed (without fear of favour!) closest first to potentially cut down on wasted travel'.

Category Powys

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Carmarthenshire

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Ceredigion

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category North Wales

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Gwynedd

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Monmouthshire

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Pembrokeshire

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category South Wales

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Swansea

Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Grouping

Category Gateshead

Member of the Local History Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Gateshead

Member of the Photographic Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Rotherham

Member of the Local History Societies - Yorkshire (South) Grouping

Category Whitby

Member of the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association Grouping

Category Ross-on-Wye

Member of the Local History Societies - Herefordshire Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'Whitehall Historic House is an impressive feature at the heart of the picturesque village of Cheam. A landmark in the Cheam Village Conservation Area, with the distinct white weatherboarding, projecting upper storey, and sloping porch, the building stands out as something special.'

Category Local Heritage

'Whithorn is the site of the earliest Christian community in Scotland, which created the first inscribed Christian monument – known as the Latinus stone – around 450AD ... During the summer and autumn of 2020, the Whithorn Trust and AOC Archaeology Group co-hosted a series of lectures focussing on Whithorn and Galloway in the early medieval period. They were put together as part of the development stage of a new project through which we hope to build a reconstruction of Whithorn’s late 8th-early 9th century Northumbrian church. '

Category Tynemouth

Member of the Photographic Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Worksop

Member of the Local History Societies - Nottinghamshire Grouping

Category Rochdale

Member of the Local History Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

'Our vision is of a continuously developing library, archive and information service for the UK and for the international community, dedicated to supporting research, learning, teaching and advocacy about the Holocaust and genocide, their causes and consequences.'

Category Wigan

Member of the Photographic Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

'An entertaining mix of history, reminiscences, music and folklore.'

'A ten day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town. Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland's National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so secondhand bookshops and annual literary festival.' Normally held Late September.

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

'Wild Bicester is a joint project between the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Bicester Garden Town and Cherwell District Council and we want to invite everyone, whatever their age or background, to get involved and turn their homes and communities into wildlife rich places to create a greener, healthier and wilder Bicester ... '

'Since 1987 Wilderness Lectures has brought to Bristol the best and most exciting adventure lecturers around. All are all widely travelled explorers and leaders at their own activity. They range from world-famous individuals to lesser-known adventurers but all are united in wonderful pictures and great stories from adventures all over the world.'

'Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) is the largest environment and wildlife coalition in England, bringing together 64 organisations to use their strong joint voice for the protection of nature.'

Category Walsall

Member of the Local History Societies - Birmingham and Around Grouping

Category Brent

Member of the Local History Societies - London (West) Grouping

Category Stoke-on-Trent

Member of the Photographic Societies - Staffordshire 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.'

'Our aim is to spread knowledge of the life, work, and times of Herschel and his family, and to encourage greater understanding today of the subjects he studied ... William Herschel is known today for the contribution he made to Astronomy, although for at least half his professional life he was a musician and composer ... We arrange Astronomy Lectures in Bath in collaboration with the BRLSI, the University of Bath, and others.'

Category Christianity

'Since 1947, the William Temple Foundation has sought to connect Christian social concerns to the realities of the secular world. We are a progressive organisation that seeks to engage a diverse range of religious and secular thinkers; working across disciplines including theology, sociology, economics and beyond. We connect clergy, church workers, community activists and policy-makers with accomplished academics, to learn from one another.'

Category Local Heritage

'The Williamson Tunnels are a labyrinth of tunnels and underground caverns under the Edge Hill district of Liverpool in north-west England. They were built in the first few decades of the 1800s under the control of a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson. The purpose of their construction is not known with any certainty. Theories range from pure philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religious extremism, the tunnels being an underground haven from a predicted Armageddon. Although some of the tunnels have been lost over the years, a lot of them still exist today, under what is now a residential area. One section of the tunnels has been cleared and renovated and is open to the public. The remaining parts of the labyrinth are closed, with many suspected tunnels yet to be rediscovered ... Friends of Williamson's Tunnels is a voluntary organisation which is trying to find and excavate the whole of the system. We are one of the biggest local history societies in Britain ... Monthly meetings for FoWT members continue to be held ... on the first Monday of each month, starting at 6.00 pm. As well as hearing the latest news about the tunnels, you can enjoy an interesting talk from one of our guest speakers.'

Category Bedford

Member of the Local History Societies - Bedfordshire Grouping

Category Wilmslow

Member of the Photographic Societies - Cheshire Grouping

Category Wiltshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'We are a small, friendly active group of astronomy and space enthusiasts based in ancient county of Wiltshire.'

'The WBKA ... represents and organises events and education for beekeepers in Wiltshire. It is a Member of the British Beekeepers Association.'

Category Wiltshire

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Wiltshire

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

'The Wiltshire Museum has been located in the historic market town of Devizes since 1874 and contains the largest collection of Early Bronze Age gold ever put on public display in England. Award-winning displays transform public understanding of the era and feature 500 Stonehenge period objects, including 30 pieces of gold treasure, together with archaeology, art, natural history, local history, and an Archive and Library which is open to the public ... The Museum is open throughout the year for visitors and researchers and in addition to the permanent galleries offers a variety of events, lectures and special exhibitions for all ages.'

'Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education. Our aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of: * An annual public festival of author events based on Wimbledon Common; * Educational projects for schools & young people in Merton & South London (9 London Boroughs).' Normally held Mid June.

Category Wimborne Minster

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Dorset Grouping

Category Tewkesbury

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Gloucestershire Grouping

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

Category Winchester

Member of the Photographic Societies - Hampshire Grouping

Category Farnborough

Member of the Photographic Societies - Hampshire Grouping

Category Windsor

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Arts Festivals

'Each year we invite the world’s finest musicians, writers, artists, and local performers to entertain and delight festival audiences, to celebrate Windsor's special place as a Royal town, and to inspire the next generation of artistic talent and creativity.' Normally held March (Spring) and September (Winter).

Category Gateshead

Member of the Photographic Societies - Tyne and Wear Grouping

Category Scunthorpe

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Lincolnshire Grouping

Category Arts Festivals

'A leading contemporary arts festival with art for all passions – all happening in our historic market town, right in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales.' Normally held Mid September.

Category Merseyside

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Category Antiquity

'We are dedicated to enhancing and enriching knowledge of the history and culture of Ancient Egypt and hold monthly meetings on a wide variety of relevant topics for anyone with an interest in Egyptology.'

Category Birkenhead

Member of the Federation of British Bonsai Societies Grouping

Category Witney

Member of the Photographic Societies - Oxfordshire Grouping

Category Woking

Member of the Local History Societies - Surrey Grouping

'WDVTA is working to ensure that Wokingham's veteran and other significant trees are properly identified, protected and managed - and to increase public awareness of their beauty and contribution to the town's heritage and amenity ... Since 2007 we have been surveying, recording and photographing veteran trees in Wokingham Borough. We have over 8000 trees in our database ... From time to time we organise events such as guided walks, training courses and talks on tree-related topics. Most events are open to non-members.'

'The core of the programme is a series of Thursday evening meetings, running from September to April, when talks are given by members or guest speakers. The talks are given on literary topics of general interest – sometimes on a single author or poet; at other times on a specific them. Refreshments are available, followed by questions and discussions which are informal and lively.'

Category Loughborough

Member of the Local History Societies - Leicestershire Grouping

'From lunchtime lectures to seminars in entrepreneurship, there's always something worth watching at Wolfson.'

'Our online calendar is packed with events, including lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, exhibitions and seminars.'

'The Wolfson Research Institute conducts research on human health and well-being. The Institute brings together researchers from across almost all of Durham University's academic departments, along with their national and international networks. We seek to improve health and the quality of people's lives by informing policy and practice

Category Local Heritage

'The Society exists to protect and enhance the principal Conservation Areas which include the Village core and Wollaton Park. In order to do that the Society encourages historic research and seeks to encourage people living in all parts of Wollaton and Wollaton Park to learn more about the history of the area and thereby to help ensure its survival and conservation. In order to achieve that, the Society holds a number of talks on local history during winter months and, in the summer, in addition to opening the Dovecote Museum, provides a number of guided walks around the area of greater Wollaton and visits to other historical sites of interest.'

'An amateur group founded in 1951, the Society has witnessed over a half a century of fantastic achievements in astronomy and space exploration. The Society is open to anyone with an interest in Astronomy (including complete beginners who are more than welcome) and all tastes and experience levels are catered for. Experts and experienced members are available to give new members help and guidance in understanding this most interesting scientific subject ... We arrange an interesting and varied programme of lectures from professional and experienced amateur astronomers, plus informal meetings and discussions.'

Category Rugby

Member of the Local History Societies - Warwickshire Grouping

'We are an inclusive women’s organisation working with those from all faiths and no faith to build a better society through promoting friendship and embracing difference ... WIN members form grass root social groups, arranged by geographical area, that undertake a diverse range of activities. Groups meet at their convenience with the aim of developing and building friendships with other women from different faith, no-faith and cultural backgrounds.'

Category Arts Festivals

'The Wooburn Festival was originally conceived ... by one of Britain's leading orchestral conductors, the late Richard Hickox CBE. Richard's vision was to bring orchestras and musicians of international repute to the Chilterns and Thames Valley. His objective was to encourage wider public access to affordable high quality music that was within easy reach of the local community. From the Festival's humble beginnings it has become an established and well loved event in the Chilterns and Thames Valley calendar.' Normally held Early October.

Category Woodbridge

Member of the Photographic Societies - Suffolk Grouping

Category Woodbridge

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Suffolk Grouping

Category Horncastle

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Lincolnshire Grouping

Category Weybridge

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Surrey Grouping

Category Reading

Member of the Photographic Societies - Berkshire Grouping

Category Rotherham

Member of the Local History Societies - Yorkshire (South) Grouping

'Founded in 2009 with the aim of presenting high quality talks on literature to local book lovers, offering time to socialise after the talk with refreshment (a glass of wine at evening talks/tea and cake at afternoon talks). Since then its reputation and membership have grown and we are pleased to welcome members and visitors from Oxfordshire and beyond.'

'The Woolf Institute is a global leader in the academic study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Institute is recognised around the world for the excellence of its research, teaching, policy and public education programmes ... Alumni and Supporters are the cornerstone of the Woolf Institute. Across the globe they are working with us to improve relations between religion and society. Join us by listening to our podcasts, reading or writing for our blogs, watching our videos, accessing our online resources or doing one of our courses.'

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.'

Category Greenwich

Member of the Photographic Societies - London (East) Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'We are a small but dedicated band of enthusiasts formed in 1960. We own and operate several items of historic railway rolling stock. We run FREE meetings for our members throughout the year in Hereford and Worcester. We need your support to help us continue our work.'

'Covers the county of Worcestershire as it was in about 1850 (as far north as Dudley).'

Category Worcester

Member of the Photographic Societies - Worcestershire Grouping

Category Worcestershire

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

Category Worcestershire

Member of the Local History Society Federations Grouping

Category Worcestershire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'In 1799 William Wordsworth arrived in Grasmere aged 29, largely unknown and writing innovative poetry in a new style. Whilst living at Dove Cottage with his family, Wordsworth wrote many of his greatest poems and his sister Dorothy kept her Grasmere journal ... From book launches to writing groups to poetry nights, there’s always something going on at Wordsworth Grasmere. This year many of our events take place online, so you can join in from own home.'

'Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library is a treasure trove with records of over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women ... We’re a living collection, growing all the time with fascinating donations from campaigners, activist groups and unions ... Our online talks are uploaded each week onto our YouTube channel so you can watch them at your leisure if you can’t catch them live. There are also films of work we have done with young people over the years to help bring our collection to life.'

'The World Congress of Faiths is open to all who share its aims and interests regardless of their faith. Our aim is to promote and share the personal values and public value of spiritual life ... We offer the freedom and opportunities to meet, explore, challenge and understand different faith traditions through events from small events to large conferences, visits, talks, partnership working, on-line conversation and publications, including our unique international journal, Interreligious Insight.'

'The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests.'

'Exists to arouse, stimulate and maintain interest in ships, shipping and related matters amongst the general public; to promote understanding of these subjects and their rich heritage by compiling, publishing and preserving records and illustrative material concerning ships and their part in mercantile and naval activity; and to promote and advance public education in current and historical nautical affairs ... Branch meetings, held throughout the world, allow members to share their knowledge, experience, and joy of the shipping and naval industries. From the young to the elderly, the membership is diverse and reflects a wide range of maritime or naval history. Yet all share an abiding love for the ships that travel the seas.'

Category Worthing

Member of the Photographic Societies - West Sussex Grouping

'The overall objective is good intellectual discussion of theological issues on the broadest possible basis. Whilst the emphasis is predominantly biblical and Christian we are non-partisan and a range of faiths and non-religious outlooks in our regular gatherings ... Speakers are drawn from as wide a perspective as are willing to share their thoughts: from leading scholars in their field to those nearer the start of their studies, from politicians to priests, and many more.'

Category Winchester

Member of the Local History Societies - Hampshire Grouping

Category Stroud

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Gloucestershire Grouping

Category Stroud

Member of the Local History Societies - Gloucestershire Grouping

Category Telford

Member of the Photographic Societies - Shropshire Grouping

Category Telford

Member of the Local History Societies - Shropshire Grouping

'We pride ourselves on applied research at Wrexham Glyndŵr University – that is research which makes a difference to industry and communities regionally and nationally. ... We hold a series of professorial lectures and research seminars throughout the year which are often open to the public.'

'Writing is for everyone. It’s turning up, sharing our stories and creating change on the page. We host two annual literature festivals, WoWFEST in May and Black History Month in October, which welcome writers, activists and artists. Our creative writing projects are focused on supporting writing in Liverpool, in our communities and schools, all year long.'

Category Swindon

Member of the Local History Societies - Wiltshire Grouping

Category Malvern

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Worcestershire Grouping

Category Wymondham

Member of the Photographic Societies - Norfolk Grouping

'Concerns about the climate crisis have led several Wyre Forest Organisations to join together in a Green Alliance ... Membership is open to any organisation with a commitment to encourage environmental sustainability and community involvement. This includes local groups, branches of larger organisations, faith groups, local Councils and environmentally conscious businesses.'  The Alliance plans a range of workshops, discussion forums and more extended events.

Category Solihull

Member of the Local History Societies - Birmingham and Around Grouping

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