'The non for profit "Societa' Dante Alighieri" was founded in Rome in 1889 with the aim of promoting Italian culture ... In Loughborough the DA Society ... has always aimed to promote and develop an interest in Italian culture and language across the local community. The Society is not just for Italian speakers and it welcomes membership from every background. Culture doesn't include only the highbrow arts, in fact we have run events that reflect Italy of the past and the present.'

'The Society was founded in 1955 to encourage the study of the archaeology of the Loughborough area. Since then it has expanded its interests to include all aspects of the area’s history. We are a group of people interested in learning about local history and preserving it for future generations. Our members - interested amateurs and academic historians alike - have been collecting and sharing the history of the area for more than 6o years, publishing books, creating a history trail and putting together resources which schools and community groups can borrow. We stage talks and guided walks over the year, many on local topics.'

'Founded in 1987 to promote interest in the local history of the villages on the western side of the Leicestershire Wolds, specifically Wymeswold, Burton on the Wolds, Hoton, Prestwold and Cotes ... The principal activities of the WHO are talks on the third Tuesday of September, October, November, February, March, April, May and June. During the summer there is a trip to a local place of interest while in January there is an annual meal followed by a short AGM.'

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