Local groups: Calendar of events

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SfEP members are welcome at all local group events. Those who don't already belong to the Society are welcome to attend up to three local group meetings before deciding whether to join.

What the groups do varies. Most meet regularly, providing opportunities for passing on knowledge and networking. In addition, they may visit local printers and other relevant venues, have speakers at their meetings and organise training.

Note: Members of the SfEP and the Society of Indexers (SI) are now able (and encouraged) to attend each other’s local group meetings. These meetings offer the chance to network, discuss common topics and to gain an insight into the issues faced by the other society. The SI has several local groups of varying sizes who meet for informal lunches, more structured workshops and excursions to local sites. For more information on the SI’s local groups, please see the SI website or contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 November

11.00 a.m. Northamptonshire Group – Meeting at the Kino Lounge in Kettering. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 November

12.00 noon. Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting at the White Lion, in Houghton Regis, Dunstable. Topic to be confirmed. If you live in Beds or Bucks and haven't attended a meeting, do get in touch. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 November

12.30 p.m. Berkshire Group – Meeting at the Global Cafe, Reading. There is no parking on site, but the Oracle car park in the town centre is within easy walking distance. This will be a friendly and informal meeting to discuss all things editorial and to ask any burning questions you may have, especially if you're new. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 22 November

11.30 a.m. Cambridge Group – Meeting in the Book Room Bar at The Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DT. (The bar is on the left at the top of the escalator.) We will be discussing reference books we can't do without, and any other books which might be added to our Christmas lists this year. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 23 November

11.00 a.m. West Midlands/Birmingham Group – ‘How Editors Edit’ session. Proofreaders and editors with some experience get together to share ideas and processes we follow when we are working on a document. This will take place at Nettl in Birmingham and will precede the main meeting being held at another location at 12.30 – see separate meeting entry below. For further details, and to confirm your attendance at this session, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 23 November

12.30 p.m. West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Lunch in the Edwardian Tea Room at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This is on the first floor of the Gallery. We have an informal meeting where members old and new can catch up, have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake. Members and interested newcomers are all very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 23 November

7.30 p.m. Edinburgh Group – in the downstairs meeting room of the Cumberland Bar, 1–3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh. The main topic for the meeting will be contracts, including terms and conditions, although there will also be time for some general editing chat. For further details, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 24 November

11.00 a.m. Oxford Group – Meeting at the King’s Arms (Wadham Room), Broad Street, Oxford 11.30–12.30. Paul Beverley will join us via Skype to talk about macros and show us how to use them. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 24 November

2.15 p.m. Norfolk Group – An informal coffee and catch-up meeting at Waterstones, Norwich city centre. Newcomers are especially welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 29 November

10.30 a.m. Kent Group – Meeting at the Sun Inn in Faversham – for tea/coffee and discussion. Those who wish to can stay for lunch (the food there is very good). The topic for discussion will be ‘Grammar myths and rules’. What rules do you follow religiously? Are there any supposed rules that are actually style choices, or even just wrong? Let’s talk about them! All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 30 November

12.00 noon. Devon Group – Meeting in the downstairs cellar at The City Gate, 1 Iron Bridge, Exeter EX4 3RB – 12.00–2.00. This will be our Christmas lunch with a general discussion, and all SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 30 November

York Group – Our Christmas lunch – time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ December

London Group – Christmas dinner – date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ December

Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – second meeting of our new local group, to be held in Shrewsbury (time, date and venue to be confirmed). For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 1 December

11.30 a.m. Herts/Essex Group – Christmas party, in Stansted. There’ll be a small presentation of takeaway nuggets from conference followed by a bring-and-share lunch. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 4 December

Cotswolds Group – a festive pub lunch (location likely to be a pub in Burford or Northleach). Details to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 6 December

10.00 a.m West/North Yorkshire Group – Meeting for morning coffee at Café into the Opera, Salts Mill. This is the smaller café on the third floor of the mill.

Our theme will be the editorial 'highs and lows' of 2017. It's a chance to share your experiences – good or bad – in a supportive atmosphere, and perhaps pick up some useful hints and tips along the way. It'll be an informal discussion and there's no obligation to share – you can simply listen to others' experiences if you prefer. All SfEP members and interested non-members are welcome to attend. Please confirm your attendance by Saturday 2 December to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 6 December

10.30 a.m. Sussex Group – Meeting in the Mad Hatter (Western Road, Brighton). Our usual informal chat over a cup of coffee! All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 6 December

Berkshire Group – Lunch – Christmas Social. Venue and time to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 6 December

12.00 noon. Glasgow Group – Christmas lunch – venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 6 December

12.30 p.m. Wessex Group – Christmas lunch at the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton. All welcome but please RSVP so we know what size table to book. Thanks very much. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 7 December

11.00 a.m. Mid-Somerset Group – Meeting at the Bear Inn, in Street. The theme for discussion will be ‘CVs’ – something we have been discussing via email but would now like to explore more widely. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 7 December

Cumbria/Borders Group – Time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 11 December

6.30 p.m. Toronto Group – The topic will be ‘Figures and stats’. Not the figures we edit, but all the figures we track as successful business people. We will all share examples of what we track and what we find helpful. We will also have a bring and share light supper.

All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 13 December

10.00 a.m. West Surrey/North Hants Group – a casual morning meeting at Squire's Garden Centre Cafe, in Badshot Lea, to celebrate the festive season with hot beverages and cakes. All are welcome. Please let us know about a week before the meeting if you’re hoping to come. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 13 December

Edinburgh Group – Christmas lunch at the Scottish Arts Club, Rutland Square, Edinburgh. As places need to be booked by 30 November, please get in touch with Lesley to register an interest in attending. For further details, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 14 December

West Anglia Group – Christmas party at Toft Village Hall. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 15 December

Sheffield Group – our ‘Office Christmas Party’ at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane. We are a small, lively and friendly group, and our meetings are informal with discussions about anything which is on people’s minds on the day. We are delighted to welcome new or ‘interested’ members, as they always add a new dimension to the conversations, and whether novice or experienced, we can all still learn from each other. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 18 December

7.30 p.m. Cambridge Group – our Christmas party, at the Parish Centre, Little St Mary's, Trumpington Street, CB2 1QG. All very welcome – the more the merrier. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2018

______ January

7.00 p.m. Norfolk Group – Meeting – date to be confirmed – from 7.00 p.m. onwards at Heathfield Student Community Home, Norwich NR3 1TT for a bring-and-share meal, followed at 7.30 p.m. by an informal discussion. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 8 January

7.30 p.m. Manchester Group – Meeting in the boardroom, on the second floor at Rain Bar, Great Bridgewater Street, near Oxford Road station in Manchester. It will include a discussion – subject to be confirmed. If you’d like to attend, or would like more details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Newcomers: please be sure to contact Graham, so you can be added to the email list, just in case there’s a change of date, time or venue.

Tuesday 9 January

2.00 p.m. Glasgow Group – Meeting in the upstairs mezzanine area at Bennu, 262 Woodlands Road, G3 6NE. The topic will be ‘Professional goals for 2018’. All are welcome – please feel free to arrive half an hour before the official start time for lunch/coffee/cake and a chat first. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 11 January

West Surrey/North Hants Group – Informal lunch meeting – time and venue to be confirmed. The discussion topic will be ‘Our achievements in 2017 and our goals for the year ahead’. All are welcome. Please let us know about a week before the meeting if you’re hoping to come. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 15 January

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 19 January

12.00 noon. Toronto Group – The topic will be ‘Editing efficiently and efficiency tools (of all kinds)’. Everyone will tell the group about their favourite tips and tools. We will also have a bring and share light lunch.

All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 23 January

7.30 p.m. North West Group – Meeting at The Windmill, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HW. We usually have something to eat around 8.00 p.m., and the meeting finishes around 9.30 p.m. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 25 January

12.00 noon. Devon Group – Meeting at The Lamb Inn, Sandford, Crediton – 12.00–2.00 – when the topic will be referencing. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

West Wales Group – Meeting at Café Rio, Quay Street, Haverfordwest – time, date and venue to be confirmed. New members and SfEP visitors to Pembrokeshire are welcome! For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 7 February

12.30 p.m. Wessex Group – Christmas lunch at the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton. All welcome but please RSVP so we know what size table to book. Thanks very much. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 15 February

6.30 p.m. Toronto Group – Topic to be confirmed. We will also have a bring and share light supper.

All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 12 March

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 29 March

12.00 noon. Devon Group – Meeting in the downstairs cellar at The City Gate, 1 Iron Bridge, Exeter EX4 3RB – 12.00–2.00 – topic and speaker to be confirmed. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 4 April

12.30 p.m. Wessex Group – Christmas lunch at the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton. All welcome but please RSVP so we know what size table to book. Thanks very much. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ May

Devon Group – Meeting in Torbay – date, time and venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 14 May

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ June

Devon Group – Meeting – date, time and venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 16 July

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 17 September

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 12 November

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).