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'We are one of the leading and most active societies in the area and seek to cater for everyone interested in stamps and postal history, whether they are experienced philatelists or collectors new to the hobby. Our programme covers a diverse range of activities including twice monthly evening meetings with first class speakers, auctions, bourse evenings, competitions and a stamp packet circulation. There is also an afternoon meeting each month.'

Category Antiquity

'We are a non-profit organisation that hosts monthly Egyptological themed meetings that are open to members and visitors alike ... Our meetings usually take place on the third Saturday of the month (excluding August) ... Since our founding in 1998, our membership and reputation amongst other UK societies has ensured that we continue to secure lectures from top class speakers.'

Founded 1923: 'We hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the each month from September through to July ... Our main meeting usually features a guest speaker and a small amount of society business. We are always happy to welcome guests and newcomers ... Some people think they can’t join an astronomy society because they are only "beginners" – that is nonsense! We are happy to welcome beginners and experts alike, in fact some of our talks are specifically aimed at beginners'.

Founded 1896: 'From time to time you may take an interest in our programme and just come along for that evening. In most cases where we have a speaker or an activity visitors are very welcome. Just occasionally the event may be closed off to visitors in favour of the membership only'.

'We’re the largest arts centre in the UK and one of the nation's top five visitor attractions. We seek out the world’s most exciting artists, from household names to fresh new talent, and give them space to showcase their best work ... Through music, performance, art and events, we take you out of the everyday, every day.'

Category Europe

'The Southend Anglo Italian Circle was founded in 1993. Its aim is to foster relationships and understanding between British and Italian communities and to promote interest in Italian society, culture and language. Since its foundation, the Southend Anglo Italian Circle has striven to provide a regular programme of lectures.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society covers the railway transport interests of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight, but with the most interest concentrated around the City of Southampton and its surrounding area, in the county of Hampshire. Generally, the Society's interest largely follows the geographical area, and the history, of the western section of the former Southern Railway. Subjects for the monthly meetings, held in Southampton, consist usually of a guest speaker presenting slides or films of their particular railway based interest. Railway heritage, history and modern rail transport are covered, as well as infrastructure around the region, and occasionally foreign railway activity. The Southern Counties Railway Society is for people who have an interest in steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and electric trains from their earliest incarnations, through to the modern rolling stock, track and stations now populating the current rail network in the Southampton area and beyond.'

'We are Southgate District Civic Voice (SDCV), a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. Our main area of interest includes: Southgate, Southgate Green, Cockfosters, New Southgate, Oakwood, Palmers Green, & Winchmore Hill: an area loosely based on the old Southgate Municipal Borough, abolished in 1965 to form part of the London Borough of Enfield ... We hold regular meetings to discuss relevant planning applications, including major local developments as well as meetings on local history, forthcoming publications, open meetings and not forgetting social events.'

Founded 1890: 'A diverse group of photographers with skill levels ranging from beginner to experienced, who meet to chat and share knowledge ... Our program includes a variety of photographic talks and presentations'.

Category Southwark

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Engaged in actively promoting high standards of planning and architecture in and around the historic town of Southwell. Our aim is to safeguard existing buildings of merit from demolition or neglect whilst celebrating well-designed new buildings and extensions.' Activities include 'holding regular events for members and their guests. These include specialist speakers on topics of interest, visits to places of interest locally and regionally, and many social events'.

'The Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary has stood in the centre of Southwell for centuries. The Minster as it is known locally is a beacon of living faith for the people of Nottinghamshire, witnessing through the centuries to God’s love for his people, and today inspiring all who come as pilgrims or tourists ... The Minster hosts a range of events throughout the year, many of them are free of charge whilst some are provided as a means of fundraising for the numerous things we need to do to maintain the Minster and to keep it free for all those who visit us. Throughout the year we aim to have a balanced programme of events that we hope will appeal to a wide range of people.'

'Speakers from the Edge represent the finest motivational speakers from the world of adventure, exploration, extreme sports and endurance, who have, quite literally, pushed themselves to the edge. Our speakers comprise explorers, mountaineers, adventurers and extreme athletes, each of whom are driven, focused and motivated. They take on some of the most treacherous of journeys and challenges the planet has to offer. In short, they are precisely the kind of people to inspire others to achieve great things. Our speakers have been individually hand-picked for their unique achievements, and their ability to engage and inspire any audience. Each has extensive experience in presenting to the public and private sector; from multi-national companies, organisations, and trade associations, to schools, sporting, community and voluntary groups.'

Category Art Galleries

'Spike Island is more than just a building; we’re a public space where people can discover and connect with art, feel inspired, and learn something new or unexpected. We celebrate the very best of international contemporary art in our museum-scale gallery spaces, while also supporting artists to develop, produce and present innovative work throughout their careers.'

'The Squiggle Foundation’s aims are: * To study the work of Dr. Donald Woods Winnicott (1896-1971) ; * To spread his ideas to a wide audience and put them into everyday use in today’s world ... D.W.W., as he was popularly known, was a paediatrician 
and psychoanalyst who built on Freud’s discoveries of 
how the mind works. His main emphasis was on the 
genuine flourishing of the "person" and the nurturing by the "other" of a "sense of self". Winnicott once said 
his concern was with "living persons, whole living and 
loving". His therapeutic aim was to enable his patients to live in a creative and authentic way.'

Category Local Heritage

'Purposes of the Society: * to promote public interest in, and improve public knowledge of, the architecture, archaeology and history of St Albans and Hertfordshire; * to work to secure the protection of monuments, structures or other features of architectural, historical or archaeological interest in the area; * to maintain its own library; * to encourage the preservation, and the deposit in suitable collections, of written documents, in any format, and material of historical interest.'

'Often referred to as the "City’s Watchdogs", the Civic Society is the conservation and amenity movement for St Albans. We are a member of the national organisation "Civic Voice. Put simply, that means we keep an eye on the City’s heritage, its buildings and the characteristics that make St Albans that special place in which to live, and perhaps work, and the reason why people come and visit ... Throughout the year, we offer a range of events for members and non-members. These include regular speaker evenings covering topical interests – for example we have included subjects varying from preserving the green belt to youth interests in St. Albans.'

'Explore the rich history of St Albans with a visit to one of our fascinating museums. Discover the Roman heritage of St Albans at Verulamium Museum or visit St Albans Museum + Gallery for cutting edge art installations, historic exhibitions and touring blockbuster shows.'

'St Ethelburga’s is a "maker of peace-makers". Our core aim is to build community resilience for times of ecological and social emergency. We build strong, cohesive communities across differences of all kinds, through practical, collaborative action. Our vision is for a peaceful, just and inclusive world, rooted in care for each other and our common home. We believe in the potential of crisis to precipitate change and renewal.'

'An active and friendly club with indoor meetings held ... on Tuesday evenings, meeting at 7:30pm for an 8pm start, from September to April together with an active summer programme of outdoor events. The club’s objective is to provide an interesting and active programme of photographic based events throughout the year for the benefit of its members and to welcome new members of all levels.'

'St John's hosts a variety of distinguished lectures over the course of the academic year.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Set against the backdrop of land, sea, sky, history and heritage, Orkney’s annual celebration of the Arts throws a midsummer spotlight on a magical part of Scotland and delivers a diverse cultural offering to visitors from far and wide and also those who live on the islands.'  Normally held Mid June.

'If you have ever wondered what goes on at a Camera Club or thought that it was only for "serious" photographers nothing could be further from the truth. We welcome everyone, no matter their age or ability - all you need is an interest in photography, whether that be prints or digital. We welcome visitors to any of our meetings.'

'We are a small but friendly club who is always looking to welcome new members. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran St Neots Astronomy Association has something to offer you: Regular presentations with expert speakers; Regular observing nights; Library of books to borrow; Advice on buying your first telescope; Support and advice for setting up your new telescope.'

'Founded in 1981, exists to promote interest in the rich and varied history of the town of St. Neots and the surrounding area through monthly meetings, research and summer outings. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of this town, or in local history generally.'

'At the heart of our work are our diverse religious and belief communities. We serve them in a number of ways through public benefit activities which include charity days, integration initiatives over food, roundtable discussions, lectures and seminars. We are committed to working with communities to promote encounter, harbour trust, strengthen understanding and encourage co-operation.'

Category Stafford

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Join this friendly club and let us help make your photographs come to life, new photographers to advanced workers welcome ... The Society covers the spectrum of photography from those who believe the finish is pressing the Camera shutter to those who in various measures believe that digital post processing is just as an important part of the process. Thus we are not a camera club but a Photographic Society.'

Category Local Heritage

'Dedicated to the study and dissemination of the archaeology, historic environment, history and heritage of Staffordshire although our membership activities range further afield. Membership is open to all who share this interest. The Society offers its members a programme of lectures, visits and events.'

'Drawing on a rich heritage dating back to the 18th Century, Stamford Arts Centre is a thriving multi-arts venue that provides the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide selection of art forms from theatre, cinema, music and poetry to sculpture, dance, painting and drawing.'

We are the UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford ... Today, Stanfords remains a much loved and vital part of the travel landscape. As the world’s largest map retailer, Stanfords prides itself on the depth of its stock, sourced by experts, from all over the world. If you can’t find what you are looking for in store or online and, if it exists, Stanfords will make every effort to find it for you.'  Frequent in-store (and online) events at their flagship store in London, and their Branch in Bristol.

'Each year we host a series of free seminars and lectures which is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public.'

'A group of enthusiastic volunteers who care about two of Blackpool’s favourite green spaces. We have a number of sub groups who get involved in gardening, wildlife conservation and events ... The meetings enable the group to share information, provide updates and discuss issues. We also book guest speakers from time to time. Our meetings are open to non-members.'

'Stanpit Marsh is situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks and salt pans, reed beds, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub. It was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1964 and in 1986 as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.' Occasional talks organized by the Friends.

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