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Regional Society: North East England

'The principal objectives of the BCSS are to promote the study, conservation, propagation and cultivation of cacti and other succulent plants ... With over 70 branches throughout the UK meeting monthly you will have the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and to learn more about growing these amazing plants.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Horology courses for clock and watch making are our passion. Since 1858, the British Horological Institute has been training horologists in clock and watch repair and creation, and supporting the horological industry. Whether you’re a complete beginner looking for an initial taster day or a professional seeking accreditation and further development, we have the clock or watch making course for you ... BHI Branches are entirely autonomous. They are set up "by the members for the members", invariably rely for their existence on the energy and commitment of a few committed volunteers. If you are lucky enough to live within travelling distance of a vibrant BHI branch you should try sampling one of their events. You will always find a warm welcome.'

Category Law and Society

'During the past 60 years, criminology has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing disciplines. Today, it stands on clear commitments to methodological rigor, interdisciplinary theory and concepts of rights and justice. The British Society of Criminology continues as a meeting point for a growing network of supporters committed to critical dialogue within our multi-faceted and diverse discipline ... The BSC attracts criminologists from the four nations of the UK and across the globe. Regional groups and specialist networks means that there is always something going on and this helps to secure the dynamic future of the discipline.'

'Café Culture welcomes you to café-style discussions on culture, politics, philosophy and science. Open to all, no prior knowledge needed, just a like-minded desire for convivial and lively banter. Events are free ... Donations welcome ...'

Member of the Council for British Archaeology Grouping

'The Society was founded in 1982 when cottage garden plants were becoming "unfashionable". Those starting the Society wanted to protect this vanishing planting style. They were concerned that, in the move to easily maintained gardens, hard landscaping was becoming more important than the plants ... The Society has around 35 regional groups, some with as few as seven members and some with over 200. Most groups meet monthly and have talks in winter and visits to gardens and plant sales in spring and summer.'

'Founded in 1944 for the "safeguarding of all kinds of archaeological material and the strengthening of existing measures for the care of ancient and historic buildings, monuments, and antiquities" and to improve public education about archaeology ... Whether you are a professional archaeologist, studying or skilling-up to work in the field, or just fascinated by archaeology and want to explore further, the Council for British Archaeology offers a range of ways to get involved.' CBA Groups 'run their own events programmes and hands-on training activities for members and everyone interested in finding out more about the archaeology of their area'.

'Founded in 1942, at the height of the Second World War and the Holocaust, by Archbishop William Temple and Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz ... Our aim is for Jews and Christians to meet, to understand each other better and to create meaningful engagement between the communities. We have grown into a nationwide network of 30 active branches around the UK, complemented by a professional team that run national programmes in education, dialogue and social action - for Rabbis and clergy, community leaders, students, policy makers, CCJ members and those of all faiths and none.'

'The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). The Fellowship’s aims are to knit together in a common bond of friendship, lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens; to promote the knowledge and appreciation of his works; to spread the love of humanity, which is the keynote of all his works; and to exercise such charitable support as would have appealed strongly to the heart of Charles Dickens.'

'We love hardy perennials for their variety, colours, shapes, sizes and longevity. We help each other to grow them better, to try different species and we exchange and spread information about them ... Local Group membership is open to all members of the national HPS. Most groups charge a small additional subscription. Groups welcome new members and visitors; they are a great way for those of all ages and levels of experience to share their enthusiasm for plants and gardening ... Most Groups offer ... talks by experts with the opportunity to ask questions and talk to them.'

Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Grouping

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

'The UK’s pre-eminent progressive think tank ... We carry out independent research across a whole range of policy areas, including the economy, work, skills, transport, democracy, the environment, education, energy, migration, healthcare, and many more ... IPPR runs a full events programme, bringing together top politicians and policymakers, leading writers and academics, business figures and other expert thinkers.'

'A major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community ... IOM3 organises a range of events that are ideal opportunities for networking as well as finding out the latest state of the art, updating your technical knowledge, or broadening your materials interests.  Most of our events offer discounts for IOM3 members ... Programmes of events and evening lectures are also organised by our Affiliated Local Societies.'

'Our members come from across the physics community whether in industry, academia, the classroom, technician roles or in training programmes as an apprentice or a student. However our reach goes well beyond our membership to all who have an interest in physics and the contribution it makes to our culture, our society and the economy ... Activity organised by nations and branches includes physics-related events such as visits for members, physics talks, member visits and public engagement activities.'

'ICE supports civil engineers throughout their careers. We award professional qualifications that are the industry standard, lead the debates around infrastructure and the built environment and provide an unmatched level of training, knowledge and thinking ... ICE has around 65,000 members living and working across the UK. We are structured around 12 regional areas, each with their own dedicated office that supports our members.'

'We are the IET and we inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. As a diverse home across engineering and technology, we share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter. It’s why we are uniquely placed to champion engineering ... Local Networks are groups of members that come together to deliver a series of activities designed to promote the importance of science, engineering and technology to the general public, encourage young people to enter the profession and provide opportunities for engineers to share and develop knowledge and network with each other.''

'We strive to improve the world through engineering by: * Developing engineers; * Promoting engineering; * Informing opinion; * Encouraging innovation ... Holding events, working on engineering initiatives, and raising the profile of engineering, the UK Region covers over 80,000 members and engineers across a broad spectrum of industries.'

Member of the Institute for Public Policy Research Grouping

'Human beings are social animals, and we often feel the need to get together to find support, learn new things, meet new people, and work together for a common cause. Very often we just want to get together to relax and have fun with like-minded people. There are dozens of local humanist groups affiliated to Humanists UK across the country, as well as Humanists UK events and activities taking place that individuals can get involved with in their local communities.'

'Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people who aim to help bring about improvements in their local natural environment.' (NOTE At the time of Review there did not seem to be a readily accessible official list with Website Links of current English Partnerships. However, I have prepared Records within the relevant Localities for the 'live' English Partnership Websites discovered so far.)

'Auriculas are members of the Genus Primula which is a large family of plants comprising over 425 species and many thousands of hybrids ... Why do three separate societies exist, all calling themselves sections of The National Auricula & Primula Society? No one knows how or why this situation came about but occasional attempts to merge have proved unsuccessful.'

Member of the National Auricula & Primula Society Grouping

'Established in 1960, the NVS improves standards of vegetable growing by striving to foster a society that is modern, successful and welcoming to all vegetable growers ... The Society ... is organised into five Regional Branches, each covering its own area of the country. Associated with these Branches are local District Associations, also known as DA's, who hold local meetings, usually monthly, to talk and learn about growing vegetables, swapping seeds, plants & ideas.'

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Encouraging participation and widening knowledge of geology in the North East of England since 1971 ... The Society normally arranges a series of lectures (given by professional or academic geologists) on geological or environmental topics in the winter months (October to March). Once a year there is an event where members have the opportunity to give their own short talks or demonstrations to the rest of the society.'

Category Road Transport

Founded 1929: 'Whether your prime interest lies in past or present operations, company or route history, fleet changes or any other aspects, The Omnibus Society will keep you informed and take you behind the scenes. Meetings of the Society, in venues across the country, are regularly addressed by leading figures from within the industry and we run a series of study tours.'

'A Club for anyone who grows orchids, whether on a windowsill or professionally, providing a place for members to meet socially, to show their orchids, acquire new ones, and to learn about them with lectures, a journal, a library, exhibiting at shows and cultural advice. Our membership is national and international, with individual members and Affiliated Societies.'

'We are the only national charity to ensure the cultivated plants we grow now will be available to future generations for cultural, medical, culinary and aesthetic use. We do this through the National Plant Collection scheme, our Plant Guardians and our local group network ... Plant Heritage has Local Groups who run activities and events for members across the country.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Railway & Canal Historical Society is for everyone with an interest in the history of transport in Britain — not just inland waterways and railways, but also tramroads, roads, aviation, coastal shipping, ports and pipelines — from pre-Roman times to the day before yesterday ... The Society has a number of Regional Groups ... These exist to provide a focal point for members and to organise meetings and visits in the proximity of where they live. Society members do not join these Groups, and all members and their guests are welcome (indeed, encouraged) to attend any meetings or events that interest them regardless of its geography.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society was founded in Cheltenham in 1928 at a time when there was little official information published about locomotive stock, their allocations or regular duties. The Society set about rectifying this by members writing to each other, the publishing of a magazine and some meetings organised around the country ... Move on to the present day and the Society is still going strong with 3000 members ... Our branches hold meetings at least monthly in the season at over thirty centres and in the course of a year host over 200 presentations on a vast range of railway subjects covering the modern scene as well as history and nostalgia subjects.'

Member of the Railway & Canal Historical Society Grouping

Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Grouping

'In the belief that many features of the traditional accounts of the character and career of Richard III are neither supported by sufficient evidence nor reasonably tenable, the Society aims to promote, in every possible way, research into the life and times of Richard III, and to secure a reassessment of the material relating to this period, and of the role of this monarch in history ... The Richard III Society functions at a local level, both within the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world, through its regionally organised Branches and Groups ... The activities usually combine a programme of meetings and talks and, in the UK and Europe, visits to Ricardian sites.'

'As the Royal Institute of British Architects, we want to make architecture accessible to everyone ... We can help you discover architecture in person or online, through exhibitions or events, with our extensive programme and resources ... Our extensive network of regional offices, branches, partnerships and International Chapters help us connect with a growing community of architects and related professionals across the globe, and bring people together through their shared interests in architecture and the built environment.'

'The UK’s Professional and Learned Society for weather and climate. Working to strengthen the science and raise awareness of the importance of weather and climate, support meteorological professionals and inspire enthusiasts ... Our members include professionals, academics, students, teachers, enthusiasts and observers who all share a passion for meteorology, climate or related sciences ... The Royal Meteorological Society has a number of local centres across the UK, where meetings are held throughout the year ... Like the Society itself, Local Centres are particularly dependent on the active participation of members. Volunteering at a local centre is a great opportunity to network and share your interest of meteorology with like-minded individuals.'

'The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology ... The RSB has a vibrant network of regional activity. Our branch committee arrange local events which are a great way to develop professional contacts and to share interests.'

'Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste. Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives. Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'A leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Our events provide welcoming places – locally, nationally and globally – to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.'

 

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