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'Kirkgate is an entertainment and cultural venue at the heart of the lively community of Cockermouth, Cumbria. We celebrate our local talent and heritage, and bring top quality professional entertainment to our town and many other communities across the area to the west of the Lake District National Park.

Category Heswall

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Merseyside Grouping

Category Scarborough

'The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is organised by Scarborough Museums and Galleries and funded by Yorkshire Coast BID, The Palaeontological Association and other partners. The Festival seeks to enlighten and engage families and young people in the world of Geology and Earth Sciences. Visitors can become immersed in all things fossils and dinosaurs, many originating from Scarborough and the Yorkshire Coast.' Held Mid September.

'Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival ... Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.' Normally held Mid September.

Also indexedThe Caledonian Crime Writing Festival

'We are based at the observatory in Cody Technology Park close to Farnborough airport in Hampshire ... Individual Membership of the Cody Astronomical Society has many benefits: * Invitations to all meetings, including monthly seminars on a wide range of topics; * A set of introductory seminars are run on a regular basis to help newcomers get up to speed on topics such as Navigating the Night Sky, the Moon, Planets of the Solar System, etc.; * More advanced topics are presented by a range of experts, typically from higher educational and research establishments across the UK.'

'Founded in 1969 (as the Hawk Trust) because of concerns about the alarming decline in numbers of Peregrines and other raptors. Owls were added to our remit shortly afterwards and the Hawk and Owl Trust was born ... We campaign for wider protection for owls and raptors and have initiated many projects which research issues such as persecution, habitat loss and road mortality. Our officers work closely with local community groups, bringing bird of prey conservation into the lives of people of all ages.'

'We care for Worcestershire’s past for the benefit of present and future generations, continuously increasing and enhancing our resources. We are always looking for new ways to develop to increase access to our collections and work to involve people in archives and archaeology through community engagement.'

Also indexedExplore the Past

'Making art accessible to all ... Monthly meetings with demonstrations and talks from local professional artists. Meet the artists, ask questions, see how they do what they do.'

'Do you enjoy the countryside? Do you wish that you knew a little bit more about plants, insects, animals, and fungi? Why not join other enthusiasts as a member of the Wilmslow Guild's Natural History Society? During the winter expert speakers deliver illustrated talks on a range of natural history topics and, during the summer there is a programme of field trips.'

Founded 2018: 'An annual celebration of live poetry, workshops, panel discussions and debate, based in the heart of Wales’s capital city. Run by our small team at Seren, our aim is to create a space where poets, writers and performers, especially from Wales, can come together and share their work with new audiences'.

'The Wymondham Heritage Society, a registered charity, has been much involved with the history and environment of the town for many years. It is a local amenity society affiliated to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Norfolk and the Norfolk Rural Community Council and it also has a good relationship with the Town Council. Through all these contacts it seeks to maintain and enhance the character of the historic market town of Wymondham and the surrounding countryside. It also runs the Wymondham Heritage Museum and its members have a long track record of writing books and pamphlets on a variety of local historical themes which are sold in its shop and by local booksellers. Each year, the Society also arranges a programme of talks by enthusiastic local historians.'

'Aims to preserve and enhance the character of Fulham for the benefit of all, to preserve what is good and to help change what needs improving. It lobbies, campaigns, informs and influences to protect the interests of all who live and work here. Our area of interest is the old Metropolitan Borough of Fulham, that is as it was in 1962 before the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham was created ... The Society arranges events, lectures and outings. We encourage members to share their views and actively participate in all that we do.'

Category Southampton

'Formed in April 1971 as Southampton Lapidary Society reflecting the great interest in the cutting and polishing of stones around that time. In 1972 the name was changed to Southampton Mineral & Lapidary Society as a consequence of more people being interested purely in minerals. With a number of members being interested in fossils and a growth of popularity in studying and collecting fossils the name was changed again in 1985 to Southampton Mineral, Fossil & Lapidary Society (SMFLS). Finally in 1992, with a general decline in the lapidary side of the hobby, lapidary was dropped from the name and we became Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society with the aims to foster interest and expertise in the collecting, conservation and identification of minerals and fossils and, where possible, preserve and document the sites where they are found.'

Category Across the UK

'The first Baptists wanted religious liberty to be free to worship God as they saw fit, not as prescribed by the Establishment of Church and State. To their credit, they argued that this freedom must apply to all, including those of other faiths (they knew and specified Judaism and Islam). Soon they extended their advocacy to other freedoms. At their best, Baptists are strong advocates for human rights. Baptists maintain their early principles: the Bible as primary guide to faith and action; the priesthood of all believers, not needing intermediaries to approach God (setting some apart as ministers but not as priests); the need to share the gospel; the competence of the local church to take decisions and act independently, while glad to work with other churches; the advocacy of religious liberty and other human rights.'

Category Scottish Borders

'Beyond Borders Scotland runs a summer programme of cultural events, culminating in the Beyond Beyonds International Festival, taking place at the end of August each year ... Beyond Borders is a Scotland based non-governmental organisation, dedicated to providing a platform for international dialogue and cultural exchange.'

'A Lovely Local Astronomy Society ... We are a group of Amateur Astronomers in the Redditch and Bromsgrove area aiming to provide a friendly community for like minded enthusiasts We currently meet on the first Monday of each month (except August) for member nights and lectures. Meetings run from 7pm until 9pm. As a group we are interested in a variety of astronomy related subjects at all levels.'

Category Across the UK

Founded 1964: 'The Society fosters interest in the history of printing and encourages both the study and the preservation of printing machinery, records, and equipment of historical value. Representing all aspects of the printing arts and industry, members include printers, graphic designers, typographers, publishers, librarians, collectors, booksellers, and historians of all relevant fields. In pursuit of its aims, the Society holds meetings and arranges occasional lectures'.

'It’s the friendliest Festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground. Hang out with your heroes, get an exclusive insight into the Next Big Thing, rub shoulders with the UK’s leading agents, editors and publishers. Be inspired and join in the drama at Agatha Christie’s old haunt: the luxurious Old Swan Hotel. It would be a crime to miss it!' Normally held Late July.  

Category Bedford

'The Higgins Bedford unites on one site three previous cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The buildings themselves date back 200 years and have their own rich history of occupation and use, even before they became used for their more recent cultural past ... The Friends of The Higgins Bedford organise a range of events including a fantastic annual lecture programme, summer outings to rarely-seen houses and gardens, and Christmas and summer parties.'

'UEA offers many public – and often free – events, both on- and off-campus, alongside public access to the Sainsbury Centre, Sportspark and open spaces on campus. UEA encourages and invites meaningful dialogue between its campus community and a public audience. Public events include live music, drama, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, talks, meet-ups, lectures and screenings – from academic lectures and drama performances to poetry readings, Open Days and a long-term partnership with the Norwich Science Festival.'

Category Local Heritage

'We are a registered Charity ... committed to supporting the work of Manx National Heritage ... As a member of FMNH, you can play a role in conserving the cultural heritage and natural environment of the Isle of Man for future generations to enjoy. We provide funds for the purchase of important works or art and artefacts for the National collection, land and buildings of national interest for the Nation, and provide volunteers to assist MNH staff for projects.'

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