Area: Nottinghamshire

'We aim to encourage and support an interest in the history of the Arnold area, including Daybrook, Red Hill & Woodthorpe. The group conserves and archives material of local interest ... We host an annual series of lectures on topics of local historical interest, attracting eminent speakers to our group's meetings.'

Category Mansfield

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'We are a lively and friendly group holding meetings which are both informative and enjoyable. Our main area of interest is Bramcote, although some of our meetings cover other local areas of interest. We conduct regular research into aspects of Bramcote’s history. Visitors are always welcome at our speaker meetings.'

'CHG is a membership group formed in 2003 by residents of Coddington Village near Newark in Nottinghamshire ... The History Group run very interesting talks by speakers from around the local area. Events are open to both members and non-members. We also organise visits to other local history groups and outings to historic sites and archives / museums for members.'

Formed 2002. Winter and Spring meetings are held at 7.30 in the evening on the second Wednesday of the month.

'The Society was formed in 1973. Its specific aim was to foster an interest in Lenton Priory but this soon developed into a general interest in the history of the locality. Old and New Lenton, Lenton Sands and Dunkirk, the Lenton and Dunkirk Industrial Estates, plus the Lenton Abbey and Wollaton Park housing estates are all considered now to fall within the Society's area of interest ... The Society mounts a regular programme of talks. The talks ... take place on the second Wednesday in the month.'

'A society for people who share an interest in environmental matters, with a specific concern for the built environment of Newark and its surrounding villages ... We meet once a month (except summer) ... to enjoy talks by guest speakers who, although their subjects vary widely, are all experts in their fields. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, and there is an opportunity to chat with other members. In May and June evening outings are arranged to local places of interest.'

'The Nottingham Astronomical Society are a friendly group of amateur astronomers from all walks of life. Whilst providing regular guest speaker events, we encourage active observing. The Society owns and operates an observatory near Cotgrave. We are very active in public outreach, partnering with regional organisations, educational establishments and the BBC. We support several specialist interest groups, including astrophotography, radio astronomy and dark skies campaigning; we also maintain close ties with other astronomical societies and university research departments.'

Category Art Galleries

'Since opening in 2009, we have welcomed two million people and presented more than 50 exhibitions. We have become renowned for our innovative research and learning programmes, and our building has been hailed as an architectural triumph.'

'Prepare to learn, get involved and feel inspired. Join the debate, be entertained, reminisce, search upcoming events and find out more about our distinguished lectures and graduation ceremonies at NTU.'

Normally meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month.

'Comprised of a group of people interested in studying the many branches of philately. We are affiliated to ABPS and The Midland Philatelic Federation. We usually hold our meetings on Friday evenings in Nottingham. In the winter months (November to April) we have two meetings per month and in the summer one per month.'

'The Retford Civic Society is a non-political conservation and amenity group which aims: *To protect the architectural and natural environment; * To improve the town for present and future generations, whilst offering its members a varied and interesting social programme of events.'

'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.'

Category Worksop

Member of The Arts Society - 1 East Midlands Grouping

'The Thoroton Society is Nottinghamshire's principal historical and archaeological society. It was founded in 1897 and named after Dr Robert Thoroton who, in 1677, published the first history of the county. The membership is world-wide and includes individuals, libraries and museums in four continents ... As a member of the Thoroton Society you can enjoy a programme of lectures during the winter months, usually held in Nottingham and are on a variety of topics, historical, archaeological and architectural.'

'Formed in 1976 to cater for the growing interest in local history and since then has been active in the historical study of West Bridgford’s institutions, people and buildings ... Meetings usually take place at 7.30 pm on the first Monday evening in the month from October to April.'

Category Local Heritage

'The Society exists to protect and enhance the principal Conservation Areas which include the Village core and Wollaton Park. In order to do that the Society encourages historic research and seeks to encourage people living in all parts of Wollaton and Wollaton Park to learn more about the history of the area and thereby to help ensure its survival and conservation. In order to achieve that, the Society holds a number of talks on local history during winter months and, in the summer, in addition to opening the Dovecote Museum, provides a number of guided walks around the area of greater Wollaton and visits to other historical sites of interest.'

'The Society exists to promote the study and appreciation of the natural world by arranging regular illustrated talks, guided walks, recording and publications. The programme of indoor illustrated talks by guest speakers, takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting at 7.30pm.'

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