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'StAnza's mission is to celebrate poetry, to bring poetry to audiences and to enable encounters with poetry. The organisation works all year round to deliver poetry events and projects in Scotland and beyond ... StAnza is very much a cross-arts festival with poetry at its core. As well as readings, the festival features performances, in conversations, an annual lecture, workshops and masterclasses, films and video projections, children’s events, stand-up sessions and a range of exhibitions and installations.' Normally held Early March.

'The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers is the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries. Our members work in or supply the paper, print, publishing, packaging, newspaper, broadcasting and online media industries ... Through The Stationers’ Company, members are offered a unique opportunity to further the interests of our sectors. They can also meet with the many leaders of the industries, network and enjoy socialising with those with a common interest and share in the life and traditions of the City of London.'

'The Local History Society for the Westmorland Parishes of Over and Nether Staveley, Hugill and Kentmere.' Programme of Winter Talks on Thursday Evenings.

Category Rail Transport

'Explore the rich history of the Great Western Railway and hear about the extraordinary things achieved by ordinary men and women.'

Established 2003: 'Since 2003 the Society has grown steadily and we now have 40 regular members. Individual interests are varied, with members researching families from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Others have areas of special interest e.g. military matters, resulting in a wealth of experience that can be called on ... A varied programme is organised, to include presentations from professional speakers as well as Society members ... We welcome visitors to our meetings and those interested in joining the Society'.

'Steyning Camera Club was formed in 1972, and is one of the most lively and active camera clubs in the south of England. Our purpose, first and foremost, is to enjoy photography. We are friendly, open and welcoming to photographers of all interests and abilities from complete beginners to seasoned enthusiasts. We also encourage high quality imaging, and are keen to keep abreast of current trends in photography. Members have a considerable range of subject interests, mostly working in digital media.'

'If you collect stamps in Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire or southern Perthshire, this is the place to meet fellow collectors to discuss your hobby and collecting interests. We meet every second Monday ... Visitors and new members are always welcome.'

'Established in 2006. We aim to stimulate interest in the history of the burgh and city of Stirling, Scotland. We hold monthly meetings on the evening of the last Thursday of the the winter months September to April (except December) ... The speakers, whether academics, professionals or local enthusiasts, are all knowledgeable and lively and have something new and interesting to say about Stirling and its past. There is a chance to chat after the meetings.'

'Stockport Photographic Society is composed of (mostly amateur) photographers with different interests and levels of experience. Although the club was founded in 1890, we're most definitely grounded in the 21st century! Our meetings programme includes a mix of presentations, workshops, image surgeries, photoshoots, and competitions (between members, and against other clubs) ... New members are welcome, however (in-)experienced in photography. Ages range from teenage (under-18s accompanied by a guardian) to retirees, men and women. A fancy camera is not a requirement — we use anything that takes photos.'

Started 1947: 'The membership is usually around 30-35, with over twenty regularly attending meetings. The Society has also an active stamp packet which is circulated around members in the Society and other adjacent Societies. The Society is a small friendly group of members whose collecting interests cover a variety of subjects and themes. A number of members meet up in a local hostelry after the meeting to discuss various matters and generally put the world to rights – why don’t you come along to one of our meetings?'

Founded 2008. Aims include:  'To promote interest in the local history of Stonehouse in all its aspects and through all periods of history ... To hold talks and meetings devoted to this aim and to visit places of historic interest ...'

'Storrington Camera Club meets on alternate Thursdays from September through to May ... All are welcome, most of our members are from Storrington, Pulborough, West Chiltington, Washington or Ashington ... Our programme aims to cover all aspects of photography which are of interest to our members. We invite Guest Speakers to talk to us about their work, covering an extremely wide variety of photographic genres.'

'An interdisciplinary research institute that explores immersive storytelling to enable diverse voices and perspectives. We champion purposeful and powerful storytelling that examines Narrative, Form & Function.'

'The Society was founded in 2003 to provide a focal point for amateur astronomers of all levels of interest and ability to meet and share their enjoyment of the night skies. Members are drawn from nearby towns and villages in the Stour Valley area and from further afield. At each meeting an illustrated talk will be given either by a society member or by a guest speaker.'

'The Society works to protect and improve Stourport and to promote interest in its history as a Georgian New Town and Canal Port, industrial centre and inland resort. The society is concerned to safeguard the greenbelt and landscape of the Severn Valley. The Society is a non political organisation.'

'Almost everyone enjoys taking photographs these days. However if you want to develop your skills and take more satisfying photographs, joining a camera club is an excellent step. There is a lot of practical help at hand. Most members are only too happy to share their expertise. If there is something you'd like to be able to do, there's probably someone in the club who can help. Informal "How-to-do-it" sessions could be arranged throughout the new season (if there is a demand). Also, if you are thinking of purchasing equipment, you can usually find some good advice.'

'Examines the contemporary history of the institutions of British Government ... The Strand Group undertakes partnered research, teaching and events with government and business ... The Strand Group brings together figures from government, business, journalism and academia to shed light on contemporary challenges facing the economy, defence and intelligence, foreign affairs, the public sector and the machinery of government.'

ALERT  'Having welcomed thousands of people through our doors since 2011, we are sad to announce that the venue is now permanently closed. The move follows a decision by the London Borough of Newham to change the usage of the building. We are pleased to announce however that we will continue our work outside of a building, entering a period of reflection as we build on the strong links we have developed locally and in the wider cultural sector over many years to develop a full programme of activities.' (September 2021)

'If you are interested in astronomy, The Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society is for you! Our members range from people with a casual interest in the subject to serious amateurs and professionals. You don't need any specialist knowledge to join, nor do you need to own a telescope ... On the first Tuesday of each month, we have a practical workshop, covering topics oriented around observational astronomy. On the third Tuesday of each month we have a talk by a visiting guest speaker, usually a professional astronomer ... If you're interested, simply turn up at one of our meetings. There's no need to book. Visiting is free, and there's absolutely no pressure to join.'

'Our Society meets every fortnight, from 7:00pm for 7:30pm to approximately 9:30pm ... Visitors are very welcome to any of our meetings.'

'The Society aims to promote and encourage interest in the local history of Stretton on Dunsmore and of history and archaeology in general. Meetings are normally held at 7.30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the village hall.'

Category Christianity

'The Strict Baptist Historical Society was formed in 1960 to promote an interest in the history and stand for Scriptural truth maintained (through God’s grace) by Strict Baptists; and also to bring into being a central repository where books, documents and other things of historical interest connected directly or indirectly with the rise and growth of Strict Baptists may be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations, in the fervent hope that the project will be for the glory of God and the good of His people.'  Organize an Annual Lecture, usually in the Spring.

Category Stroud

Member of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'Subterranea Britannica is a UK-based society for all those interested in man-made and man-used underground structures and space ... Sub Brit’s activities include twice-yearly meetings with presentations from speakers and updates from members. Regular visits are held to underground sites both in the UK and overseas and a number of weekend trips are made which give the opportunity to study an area in more depth (pun intended!).'

Category Suffolk

Member of The Astrological Association Grouping

'The Association is a thriving community of over 700 beekeepers ... Its purpose is to promote good beekeeping. This involves crop pollination and the collection, sale, showing and use of honey and wax. We provide instructions and demonstrations in these subjects, leading to an understanding of these fascinating insects and how to keep them healthy. There are facilities for courses in beekeeping and nationally recognized examinations can be taken. There are also branch libraries with beekeeping books ... Regular indoor meetings are held at Kesgrave, Barsham and Bury St Edmunds with practical apiary meetings, social gatherings and events at other locations in the county during the year. Attendance at these events is open to non-members.'

'We are the voice of Suffolk birdwatchers. An independent birding group and registered charity founded in 1973 ... The Suffolk Bird Group runs a full calendar of indoor and outdoor events and all are welcome. The indoor talks cover a range of topics from local patches, foreign bird trips, conservation and the occasional interactive ones such as demonstrations of BTO Birdtrack and bird drawing tips.'

'Suffolk Book League was founded in 1982 and has introduced a varied programme of novelists, historians, poets, journalists, biographers, MPs and social commentators to speak in Suffolk ... The SBL is a registered charity, the aim of which is to promote, encourage, foster or strengthen by all and every suitable means the habit of reading and the wider and more general distribution of books, by and among all people.'

'Founded at Lowestoft in 1975, we are a group of keen amateur genealogists whose objectives are to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to Suffolk; and to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material ... A warm welcome awaits you at any of our Group Meetings. Each Group organises its own programme of talks, walks, open days and events. Advice is always available for those just starting their family tree, or those who are looking for a missing "branch".'

Category Suffolk

Member of the Local History Society Federations Grouping

Category Suffolk

Member of The Orchid Society of Great Britain Grouping

'The Society was founded in 1951 to foster interest in local history, particularly of our own area, namely Sunbury, Shepperton, Charlton, Littleton, and Halliford ... We hold talks every month (3rd Tuesday) from September to May.'

'Founded in 1900 ... and, by publications, research and meetings, encourages interest in the history of Sunderland and its region ... The Society holds talks from September to June.'

Founded 1924: 'Meetings are held ... on alternate Wednesdays of each Month, September through May inclusive at 7.00pm to 9.15pm ... The active Junior Section has the distinction of having won more trophies and medals at International levels and Melville than any other society in the country'.

'Since its formation in 1954 the Surbiton and District Bird Watching Society has grown to become one of the foremost ornithological societies in the South East of England, located about 25 miles to the South West of London. The Society has grown in strength and reputation, providing its membership with a consistently wide range of activities.'  Membership offers 'monthly indoor meetings feature a guest speaker giving an illustrated talk'.

Category Surrey

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'The Society was established in 1854 "for the investigation of subjects connected with the history and antiquities of the County of Surrey". Despite subsequent changes in administrative boundaries, the Society's objectives remain substantially the same, and the present area of interest includes the historic county up to the Thames ... Symposia, lecture courses and visits are organised and well-supported.'

'British beekeeping is unusual in that it is mostly undertaken by enthusiastic amateurs. The main organisation supporting this is the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). The BBKA is made up of area associations. Surrey Beekeepers Association (SBKA) is one of the largest area associations. It was founded in 1879 ... and has over 1000 members. Beekeeping is organised at a local level and area associations are broken down into smaller divisions. Within SBKA, we have eight local divisions covering the whole of Surrey. Most activities are organised by the local divisions.'

Category Surrey

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Gardens Trusts

'Aims to raise awareness of and to protect Surrey's rich heritage of outstanding historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes ... Our Events Committee organises an exciting programme of lectures, garden visits and study days throughout the year. These events provide an opportunity for members to learn more about the beauty, character and historical significance of the gardens and landscapes in Surrey and surrounding counties. The winter lectures are informative and entertaining discussions about various aspects of garden history, design and horticulture. These lectures are given by enthusiastic speakers well known in their respective fields.'

'Surrey History Centre in Woking collects and preserves the records of Surrey's past and present, documenting the story of the county and its people from the 12th century to the 21st century. Visiting the centre to use our collections is free, staff are always happy to offer advice, and we have a busy programme of exhibitions, talks and events.'

Category Surrey

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

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