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 5 November

1pm Toronto Group pre-mini-conference workshop, ‘Money Matters: How to increase your income by understanding your mindset’ with Malini Devadas – 1–4pm.

Wednesday 6 November

9am Toronto Group Toronto mini-conference, ‘Something for Everyone: A Continuing Conversation among Editorial Professionals’ – 9am–5.30pm.

Wednesday 6 November

12.30pm West Surrey/North Hants Group – Meeting at the Heron on the Lake in Fleet (GU51 2RY). This will be an informal meeting and all are welcome. We’ll be talking about how to make the most of our professional websites. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 11 November

7pm Norfolk Group – Meeting – from 7pm onwards at the Heathfield Centre, Heathfield Student Community Home, Norwich NR3 1TT for a bring-and-share meal, followed at 7.30pm by a discussion to include accounting software and Norfolk members' attendance at overseas editing conferences. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 12 November

10.30am Bristol/Bath Group – a meeting in Bath this month, in response to demand, at Widcombe Deli, Bath (BA2 4LD). The deli is near to both the bus and railway stations, and it offers lots of breakfast options in addition to coffee and pastries, so feel free to have your breakfast or brunch with us. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 12 November

11.30am Kent Group – Meeting at Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Canterbury, 11.30am–1.30pm. Our topic for discussion will be record-keeping. Please note that there will be a small charge to cover the cost of the room hire and refreshments. This is usually around £7, but will depend on the number of attendees.

For further details or to confirm attendance (by Thursday 7 November please), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 18 November

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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).

Wednesday 20 November

6.30pm London Group – Meeting at a restaurant in W1. For further details and to confirm attendance – and whether you would like to eat in the restaurant after the meeting has finished (at 8pm) – contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (by Tuesday 19 November please).

Thursday 21 November

10.30am East Midlands Group – Meeting at Café Sobar in Nottingham (22 Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 2DQ). Over our usual coffee and cake, we’ll be talking about all things editing.

We welcome SfEP/SI members and those considering joining the SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, 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).

Thursday 21 November

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting at the Broad Leys pub in Aylesbury. On the agenda will be:

  • Lunch
  • Who’s your favourite author? Let’s talk about text
  • Book swap

All members and would-be members are welcome. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 21 November

12.30pm Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Informal lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, HR8 2DX. Everyone welcome, and do let us know if you'd like to discuss anything in particular. For further details and to confirm attendance (by 5pm on Monday 18 November please), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 21 November

12.30pm West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Lunch in the Edwardian Tearooms at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. These are on the first floor of the Gallery. If anyone needs to use the lift (as the stairs are quite steep), please ask the building’s door attendants for directions. This is an informal meeting where members and interested newcomers are all very welcome, and can have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake.

We will also be having a How Editors Edit meeting at 11am (i.e. before the main meeting) at Nettl, 37A Great Charles Street Queensway, Birmingham B3 3JY. This is a chance for more experienced editors and proofreaders to get together and share their knowledge and working practices. This time we will be discussing the conference and sharing tips and tricks we learnt there.

If anyone has a specific subject they would like to discuss at either meeting, or for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 22 November

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting at Oxford Brookes University in Room G34 of Headington Hill Hall. All SfEP members and newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 26 November

10.30am Glasgow Group – Meeting in the wheelchair-accessible Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW, 10.30am–12.30pm.

We are a friendly and supportive bunch of editors and proofreaders who welcome all members of the SfEP and the Society of Indexers, and we hope anyone considering joining the SfEP will also feel confident about coming along. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or tweet @SfEPGlasgow.

Wednesday 27 November

12 noon Northern Ireland Group – Christmas lunch 12 noon–2pm in EDŌ, Upper Queen Street, Belfast. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 November

12 noon Devon (Exeter) Group – A lunchtime networking session from 12 noon to 2pm at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter. All SfEP members are welcome to come along for a chat and (optional) lunch. If you’re a new or prospective member please come along early as the focus for the first hour will be on questions and advice for newbies. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ December

Ely/Fenland Group – Our end-of-year social – time, date and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 3 December

Northamptonshire Group – Meeting at the Castello Lounge, Wellingborough, NN8 1AN – time to be confirmed. (Usual meeting time is 11am, but please let Janet know if you would prefer to meet at noon for a Christmas lunch.)

For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 4 December

7.30pm London Group – All London Group members are invited to a festive dinner. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

For further details of the venue and how to book your place, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 4 December

Sussex Group – Meeting in Brighton – time and venue to be confirmed. Interested newcomers are always welcome to our meetings, which are very informal. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 5 December

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm GMT. Our discussion topic will be ‘Positive steps when workload is light’.

Full details of how to participate in a Cloud Club meeting and how to obtain and use the necessary Zoom app can be found on the Cloud Club local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Club forum on the evening before the meeting to find the two session links, and will also need to let Janet know (preferably on the Cloud Club forum, but alternatively by email – see below).

Cloud Club is a lively group and its attendees are international members, members in far-flung parts of the UK and members for whom going to an in-person local group meeting is not feasible. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 5 December

6.30pm Toronto Group – This will be a seasonal gathering, to include planning sessions for the new year.

Our meetings are held in an easily accessible location in the Annex area of Toronto, and start with a light bring-and-share/potluck meal. 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).

Thursday 5 December

7.15pm Oxford Group – Meeting for a festive dinner. For further details and to secure a place, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 10 December

10.15am West/North Yorkshire Group – Meeting at the Espresso Bar, Salts Mill, for coffee/tea at 10.15am for a 10.30am–12noon meeting. (Please get in touch if you need directions within the Mill.)

Our theme will be the editorial ‘highs and lows’ of 2019. 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. If anyone has any goals for 2020 that they’d like to tell us about, that would be good too! It’ll be an informal discussion and there’s no obligation to share: you can simply listen to other members’ experiences if you prefer.

For further details (and to confirm attendance by 5pm on Saturday 7 December), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 10 December

7pm Herts/Essex Group – Our end-of-year social. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 11 December

10am West Surrey/North Hants Group – Our last meeting of the year will feature festive tea and cake at the Badshot Lea café bar in Squire's Garden Centre, Badshot Lea, GU9 9JX. This will be an informal meeting and 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).

Wednesday 11 December

10.30am Bristol/Bath Group – Our usual coffee meeting at riverstation, the Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB. Festive jumpers or accessories are optional! For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 11 December

12 noon York Group – Meeting 12–2pm at The Gillygate, 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, for a festive lunch. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 11 December

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh SO53 3HN, near Southampton.

We welcome members of the SfEP, those considering joining the SfEP, and members of the Society of Indexers (SI). For further details, and to confirm attendance (by 5pm on Monday 9 December) so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 12 December

12.30pm Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Meeting at the Orchard Café on Town Walls in Shrewsbury. (Please note: the date and venue are still subject to confirmation.) This will be our usual informal lunchtime meet-up for general (usually work-related) chat, and all SfEP members and interested newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 13 December

12 noon Sheffield Group – Our Christmas do at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane, Sheffield. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

2020

______ January

West Wales Group – Meeting – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. Anyone considering joining the SfEP and any SfEP members who happen to be in the area would be most welcome to join us. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 13 January

7pm Norfolk Group – Meeting – from 7pm onwards at the Heathfield Centre, Heathfield Student Community Home, Norwich NR3 1TT for a bring-and-share meal, followed at 7.30pm by a discussion (topic to be confirmed). For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 13 January

7.30pm Manchester Group – Meeting in the boardroom, on the second floor at Rain Bar, Great Bridgewater Street, near Oxford Road station in Manchester. Topic to be confirmed.

For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Newcomers: please be sure to contact Lisa, so you can be added to the email list, just in case there’s a change of date, time or venue.

Tuesday 14 January

2pm Liverpool Group – Meeting at The Pen Factory on Hope Street, 2pm to 4pm. It’s downstairs next to the Everyman Theatre (lift available). Topic to be confirmed.

We're a friendly and informal group that nonetheless covers a fair amount of useful professional information at each session, and any SfEP members/prospective members within reach of Liverpool city centre are very welcome to join us! If you are thinking of attending our group for the first time, or for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 January

7.30pm North West England Group – Meeting at The Windmill, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HW. There will be plenty of opportunity for informal discussion, including advice for newbie proofreaders. We usually break for something to eat around 8pm, and the meeting finishes around 9.30pm

If you need a lift from the station, please get in touch as there's always someone who can help out. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 23 January

West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 27 January

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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).

Wednesday 12 February

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh SO53 3HN, near Southampton.

We welcome members of the SfEP, those considering joining the SfEP, and members of the Society of Indexers (SI). For further details, and to confirm attendance so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 23 March

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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 18 May

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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 13 July

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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 21 September

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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 16 November

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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).