Area: London (South)

'Battersea Society members are local residents and former residents, businesses and even visitors who fell in love with this vibrant part of South West London. Through our work we investigate and honour Battersea’s rich heritage, promote and protect our open spaces, and ensure community is at the heart of development across the historic borough ... By becoming a member you will not only receive our quarterly magazine, Battersea Matters, and invitations to our talks and events, you’ll also join a community of likeminded people celebrating a great place to live and work.'

'Beckenham Photographic Society (BPS) encourages the enjoyment of photography and better image making through lectures, demonstrations and competitions, as it has done since its beginnings in 1921. We are forward looking, embracing developments in photographic styles and technology, while maintaining respect for and appreciation of traditional techniques.'

Category Bromley

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'BBLHS was formed in 1974 so that those with an interest in the history of the people, events and places that make up London's largest borough could meet to exchange information and learn more about the long and fascinating story that makes up the London Borough of Bromley and all its constituent parts ... We meet once a month from September to July, usually on the first Tuesday of the month.'

'Our objectives are to advance education in the science of astronomy and related subjects for the public benefit in Croydon and the surrounding area by: * encouraging a popular interest in astronomy and allied subjects; * helping beginners, irrespective of their age, to acquire a knowledge of astronomy and allied subjects; * providing facilities for practical work and active participation in astronomical observation ... Croydon Astronomical Society present a series of talks on subjects related to astronomy on Fridays.'

'Founded in 1927 ... We meet on the first Thursday and the third Friday of each month from September through to the end of June. Meetings start at 8 pm and we finish by 10 pm ... Members are encouraged to bring guests to our meetings ... We usually hold 20 meetings a year ... Meetings are a mixture of guest speakers, themed members events, and joint auctions with other societies.'


'Talks and discussions on a range of fascinating philosophical topics, seriously and rigorously in a convivial setting – meaningful conversation about interesting ideas with interested people.'

'An active local volunteer archaeology group and registered charity with a field headquarters at Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, in the London Borough of Bromley ... The Society promotes the study of archaeology in the local area by undertaking excavations, carrying out research and encouraging public interest through meetings and visits.'

Category Orpington

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'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'.

'The Wandsworth Historical Society aims to promote an interest in the history and archaeology of the Borough of Wandsworth. The present-day borough covers Balham, Battersea, Earlsfield, Putney, Southfields, Tooting and Wandsworth Town. The Society, founded in 1953, organises a lively programme of talks throughout the year, as well as archaeological field trips along the Thames foreshore. There are also occasional visits to places of interest.'

'The Society has around 400 members and is always keen to enrol more supporters. The more members the Society has, the more effective it can be in its role of protecting the local landscape and environment – and the more views that it can take on board ... The Society holds a regular range of events. There are nine open meetings a year ... These talks cover a range of topics of local and national interest including themes to tie in with other local events such as the Wandsworth Arts Fringe and Heritage Festival. Non members are welcome at the speaker meetings.'

'Interested in Photography? Then why not come to one of our Tuesday evening meetings. We are a friendly group who aim to improve our photographic skills in an informal way ... The West Wickham Photographic Society was founded in 1944 and has been regularly meeting since that time. Members past and present have gained awards for their photographic ability and are encouraged to pass on their Knowledge.'

Founded 1946: 'Our season’s meetings include talks and displays by expert philatelists on a variety of subjects, but we also have visits to and from other societies, and members’ evenings where members can show some of their own material.  There are opportunities for buying, selling and exchanging stamps and covers on club nights ... The atmosphere is friendly and informal and other members are always willing to share their expertise'.

'Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education. Our aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of: * An annual public festival of author events based on Wimbledon Common; * Educational projects for schools & young people in Merton & South London (9 London Boroughs).' Normally held Mid June.

'More than a century after its foundation, The Wimbledon Society remains committed to its founding principles – "to safeguard the amenities of the district, to promote an interest in local history and wildlife, and to preserve objects of historical and natural interest" ... The Society usually plans a wide range of activities, including lectures and walks curated by local experts and visits to historic houses and gardens. We also put together a comprehensive events diary for activities planned by a wide range of local groups.'

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