A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Somerset

'The Civic Society was founded in 1970 ... The Society holds monthly public and all member meetings, which include a guest speaker. Within the Society, four individual groups - Conservation and Planning, Footpaths, Local History and Environment - provide a platform for people to engage in their own individual passions and then join together to hopefully have an influence on all matters relating to our community and this beautiful place that we are proud to call home.'

'Formed in 2002 with around 24 members. The Society now has a membership of over 50 ... Our meetings are open to all. No previous experience or knowledge of astronomy is required. If you are generally interested in "what’s up there", would like to learn how to image the night sky or would like to know where to start in astronomy, you will be particularly welcome. Of course, experienced astronomers are welcome too!'

Category Frome

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

'In 1885 Glastonbury solicitor, J. G. L. Bulleid, was mayor for the sixth time and he proposed that a museum should be inaugurated during his year of office. He was an energetic Victorian with immense knowledge of the town and its past ... The Glastonbury Antiquarian Society was formed: to control the museum; to enjoy excursions, lectures & entertainments; to publish papers on historical and other matters of local interest ... But the course of the Society was changed in 1892, when Arthur Bulleid, son of J. G. L., discovered the remains of the Iron Age Lake Village ... Members (individual and institutional) may attend all of the Society’s lectures and field visits and may have access to the Lake Village exhibition.'

'Henton & District Gardening Club, founded in 1999, is now a voluntary, educational institution with the purpose of providing a focus and venue for those interested in improving and extending learning about gardens and gardening. Our membership is principally drawn from the villages of Henton, Bleadney, Yarley and Wookey, including the City of Wells, Somerset ... Talks and events throughout the year including presentations from experts in their field who enthusiastically share their knowledge with members ... For gardening enthusiasts of all ages and experience to share and further their knowledge in a warm and friendly atmosphere.'

'Nailsea and District Local History Society was established in 1975 and aims to encourage and promote an interest in, and research into, the local history of the area. The Society is open to all, and we meet on the second Monday of the month at Nailsea School. Here we have talks on wide range of subjects of interest to local people.'

Meetings are held ... at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings during the season from September to May. We have a varied and interesting programme of events that is designed to ensure the meetings are enjoyable and sociable. The current membership exceeds 40, is mixed and consists of all abilities, from members who are active photographers and participate in the events to members who enjoy just looking at pictures and socialising at the coffee break.'

Formed 1863: 'Whilst we are a Horticultural Society we are effectively a group of people who are interested in gardening whether it is small pots on a balcony, an allotment, a small garden or something on a grander scale. We hold our monthly meetings in the evening on the second Tuesday of the month and select speakers to offer inspiraton, practical advice and guidance on all manner of gardening problems.'

Category Somerset

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Category Taunton

Member of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Grouping

Category Yeovil

Member of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'The Society exists to promote the study of archaeology, natural history, local history and historic buildings with particular reference to the historic County of Somerset, and is an important point of contact for anyone with an interest in understanding and protecting the heritage of Somerset.'

'We provide training, promote best practice and offer advice, support and education to beekeepers and the public. Over the years our members have made – and continue to make - an impressive contribution to British beekeeping at both national and county level ... The Somerset Beekeepers Association is divided into twelve divisions, each corresponding to a different area of the county. Members can join any division, and also be members of more than one division. Members also don't have to live in Somerset, for example some members are from neighbouring counties such as Dorset or Devon ... The SBKA and each division organise lectures, usually in the "off-season" (i.e. autumn and winter, and into early spring) for beekeeping. Most divisional lectures are open to members of other divisions, and if in doubt just ask! Lectures are a great way to learn more about beekeeping and bees, and to help get you ready and excited for the next season.'

Category Somerset

Member of the British Dowsers Grouping

Category Somerset

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

'A group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers interested in looking at the stars, planets and anything else in space. We meet at least once a month to pass on our knowledge and share our interest in astronomy with people from the Somerset Levels.'

Category Somerset

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

Category Somerset

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Minehead

Member of The Arts Society - 7 South West England Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'Remembering a unique railway – the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead. We are the only group dedicated solely to this railway ... We have regular Members' meetings every two months i.e. six per year. Our meeting venues alternate between Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead (in that order of course!). We have guest speakers giving talks on a variety of subjects (usually railways).'

'Set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community ... Our main objective is to promote the enjoyment and excitement of books and to encourage a love of the written word. We do this by bringing to Wells a wide range of international, national and local writers to entertain, challenge, inspire and inform audiences of all ages and tastes. This extensive selection of events does not pose a dilemma for our audience; unlike many other literary festivals, no two events run at the same time, so it is possible (if ambitious!) to attend every single one.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Rail Transport

'We are a friendly group interested in all aspects of railways from modelling to photography and history and just a general interest in trains of all sorts. We hold monthly meetings from September to May.'

'Welcome to Weston-super-Mare & District Family History Society. If you live nearby or have an interest in families in or from this area of Somerset you will find plenty to help you here ... It does not matter if your ancestors were not born in Weston-super-Mare or North Somerset. In 1804 the population of Weston-super-Mare was only 106 so it is not surprising that there are not many Westonians amongst us! Many of our local members have no connection with Weston until they themselves came!'

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