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'Dedicated to investigating the paranormal in a scientific manner. We host conferences, lectures, discussion groups, investigator training and we respond to public requests to investigate paranormal phenomena.'

Category Rail Transport

'Meetings are held monthly ... on the second Friday of every month at which the Society prides its self in quality speakers.'

'Sea Fever is North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose. It aims to celebrate all forms of the written word inspired by this exceptional coast-line; and to bring to the coast writers with national reputations.' Normally held Late June.

Normally meet in the evening, second Wednesday of each month, with occasional talks.

'We are a small friendly group with an interest and passion in family history. We were formed in May 2001 from a short Workers Education Family History Course. We have  visiting speakers, workshops and outings to enhance our knowledge. We enjoy sharing our experiences and our family treasures at regular "members-led" sessions.'

'Formed in 1947 to preserve the Antiquities of the district and provide a meeting ground for like minded people to enjoy and protect the exceptionally wide and fruitful field of historical, literary and archaeological lore which is available throughout the county ... Our evening talks are open to all.'

Category Publishers

'Seren is Wales’ leading independent literary publisher, specialising in English-language writing from Wales. With a list spanning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, many of our books are shortlisted for - and win - major literary prizes across the UK and America. Our aim is not simply to reflect what is going on in the culture in which we publish, but to drive that culture forward, to engage with the world, and to bring Welsh literature, art and politics before a wider audience.'

Category Art Galleries

'Championing new ideas in contemporary art since 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for half a century from a wide range of emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time. Across two sites only 5 minutes apart, in London’s Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine presents a year-round, free programme of exhibitions, architecture, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.'

'Aim is to encourage photography and to help our members to make better pictures. We are photographers of all abilities, from relative beginners to very experienced, from around Sevenoaks. We hope you will think about joining us. We're not concerned about what camera you use and we've seen great pictures taken on compacts and mobile phones in our events. Whether beginner or experienced, whatever medium you use to make your photographs, you will be welcome.'

'Established in 2002 with the aim of bringing the brightest and best of current authors to the area ... It has always included a broad range of speakers: novelists, biographers, activists, poets, historians, politicians, political commentators and journalists.' Normally held Early October.

'By raising public awareness, monitoring developments and working with local authorities and other bodies we help to safeguard the town’s character and its physical and natural heritage. We promote responsible and responsive planning and appropriate building development for the improvement of Sevenoaks and the benefit of its community.'

'The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the global centre for learning about and experiencing the works, life and times of the world’s best-known writer ... The Trust runs a world-class, award-winning programme of formal and informal educational courses and literary lectures, to encourage the appreciation and study of Shakespeare’s works, and the advancement of Shakespearian knowledge on an international scale.'

'Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London.'

'We are a constituted unincorporated society formed to promote the study of genealogy, family history and local history for the benefit and education of the public in the Sheffield area. We promote the study of family history by holding monthly meetings, producing a quarterly journal, hosting an online members’ forum and making available transcribed copies of original records. Our Society has no paid staff or central office and is run entirely by volunteers.'

'Formed in December 1972 as a forum for birdwatchers in and around the city with an active interest in ornithology ... Indoor meetings are held ... on the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) and include: an illustrated talk by an ornithologist of local or national standing, news of forthcoming events, features on identification and local habitats and recent bird news from the Sheffield area.'

'Founded in 1864, the Society is one of the oldest in the world, but prides itself on keeping up to date. Our programme covers a wide variety of photography. You are sure to find something of interest. We welcome the absolute beginner to the more experienced photographer - the young and the not so young. You don't need the latest electronic gadgetry to join, in fact you don't even have to own a camera! An interest in photography is all we ask. Come along to a meeting or two and see how you get along. You will not be put under any pressure to join.'

'Founded in 1951, the Society is open to anyone with an interest in Sherlock Holmes, Dr John H. Watson and their world. It is a literary and social Society, publishing a scholarly Journal and occasional papers, and holding meetings, dinners and excursions.'

'The Society was one of the three earliest societies formed in the region, with an inaugural meeting being held in March 1926 ... Meetings are held ... normally (but not necessarily) on the fourth Thursday of each Month, September through May Inclusive at 6.45pm and finish by 8.45pm.'

'A friendly club and its members enjoy photography of all genres including wildlife, street, architecture and creative...to name just a few. We are an inclusive club and welcome photographers of any gender, all ages and all abilities...it does not matter what equipment you use, its the final image that counts. During the year we hold a range of evenings and you are sure to find something of interest. We hold internal competitions, invite interesting and varied speakers and our own members often share their expertise and passion with us all.'

Category Banbury

Member of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'Shropshire Beekeeper’s Association is here to help you learn and develop the theory and practical skills to become a beekeeper, to set up your first hive, to develop your own apiary and look after your colonies of honey bees. It involves a significant investment of time and money, especially when you start out. Bees need looking after if they are to be healthy, content and productive.'

Category Shropshire

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

'Founded in 1979 to provide a meeting place in Shropshire for all those interested in Family History. The Society is now a Registered Charity ... with around 1200 members from all round the world ... Membership is open to anyone interested in family history and non‑members are welcome to visit one of our meetings, to become familiar with our activities ... Many of the meetings include a specialist speaker invited to talk to the members. Following the speaker the remainder of the evening allows the members to talk to each other informally and at the same time members of the Committee are available to help with any problems.'

'Meetings, lectures, discussions, projects, fieldtrips for all with an interest in the subject, including amateur and professional geologists.'

Formed 1955: 'Meetings are normally held January-March and October-December ... The meetings are informal, informative and interesting. Why not come along, especially if you have not been before? You will learn more about birds and nature in general and be able to chat to others with similar interests ... The Society covers the County for national surveys and makes past records available for current research. It is actively involved in the partnership between the British Trust for Ornithology and county bird clubs.'

'A group of sociable people with a common interest in photography. New members, regardless of experience and camera owned (if any!), are always very welcome. With a wide span of skills, talent and experience between us, our members are happy to discuss and explain photography in all its forms. And, although we concentrate our efforts on colour and monochrome digital images and prints, we embrace a wide variety of photographic styles such as portraits, natural history, record, landscape, close ups and so on.'

Category Shropshire

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'The Sibfords Society began in 1993 and changed its name to The Sibfords History Society in 2019. Meetings are held nine times each year. These include talks of historical interest and external visits during the summer. We concentrate mainly on the local area but are occasionally happy to invite speakers from further afield. We have an archive room where we preserve evidence for future generations.'

'The Sid Vale Association is the oldest Civic Society in Britain. On September 18, 1846, the first meeting of the Sidmouth Improvement Committee took place. This was the first expression of concern by our "founding fathers", to conserve the charm and attractiveness of Sidmouth and the Sid Valley.  Later the SVA was registered as a charity: "… for the Protection of the Beauties and Amenities of the Neighbourhood and to promote and aid its Cultural Development".  The SVA has been active since that time. Over the years we have bought land in the Valley and opened a Museum, maintaining them both through volunteers, organised walks and talks and generally helped to both preserve and improve the appearance and amenities of the Valley.'

'Sidmouth Science Festival started in 2012 with a weekend of science events in Sidmouth and at the nearby Norman Lockyer Observatory as well as a single day in local schools and art in the local gallery. Since then it has grown to a 10 day event with over 120 activities: visitor numbers have increased, visitors have been drawn from a larger area including overseas and more schools have been involved with hundreds of East Devon students taking part.' Normally held Mid October.

'We aim to promote photography in all aspects of the art through regular meetings throughout the year, with lectures, competitions, exhibitions, practical workshops, and outings. Through these we can educate ourselves and others in a diverse way in the techniques, whether it be in digital or the more traditional wet darkroom techniques.'

'A group of enthusiastic photographers of varying ability. We meet twice a month on Tuesday evenings ... for educational & fun evenings; we try to get out and about in the summer. We have a number of competitions throughout the year, with local professionals to judge the photos. You are more than welcome to join us.'

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