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 16 October

6.30pm London Group – Meeting at a restaurant in W1 – we will be talking about blogs and Twitter and discussing whether or not we think they are good mediums to use to advertise what we provide in the workplace.

If you would like to come to the meeting and stay for a meal afterwards at the restaurant, please let us know by no later than the evening of Sunday 14 October. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 16 October

7.30pm North West England Group – Meeting at The Windmill, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HW. Apart from the usual general discussion, including advice for newbie proofreaders, Llinos will be giving us some guidance on the in-house view on freelancers. 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).

Wednesday 17 October

10.30am Bristol/Bath Group – Meeting for an informal chat at riverstation, the Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB. We’ll be in the downstairs bar. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 17 October

12.00 noon Kent Group – Meeting at The Barn, Tunbridge Wells. Join us in the downstairs bar for lunch to discuss the topic of marketing. Love it or loathe it, we can't deny that it is a necessary part of running our own business and expanding our client base. We'll explore which approaches we have tried ... and what has worked or failed. Perhaps you keep meaning to create a website or LinkedIn profile, but haven't got around to it or don't know where to start? We'll share our experiences and recommendations, and hopefully take something away with us that we can put into action. For further details, or to confirm your attendance (by Friday 12 October please), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 17 October

6.30pm Toronto Group – The topic will be ‘The SfEP conference – a recap by those who attended’. 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 18 October

10.30am East Midlands Group – Meeting at Cafe Sobar in Nottingham (22 Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 2DQ). Along with the usual general discussion and chat over coffee and cake, we'll be talking in particular about networking.

We welcome SfEP/SI members and those considering joining the SfEP. For further details, and to let us know you plan to attend, 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).

Tuesday 23 October

2pm Glasgow Group – Meeting at Collabor8te, 22 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1RE. All are welcome, and anyone who has not attended a meeting before is welcome to come along at 1.30pm to have an informal meet-and-greet before the start of the regular meeting. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 24 October

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (BST). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

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 25 October

12.30pm Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Meeting at Caffi Alys in Machynlleth. The group usually meets in Shrewsbury but covers a wide geographical area, so it’s hoped that this meeting may appeal to those who find it difficult to get to Shrewsbury, as well as to regulars. (For those who don’t know it, Machynlleth is on the main line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth.) As usual, the meeting will be an informal meet-up over lunch, open to all SfEP members and interested newcomers. For further details, and to confirm attendance by 18 October or earlier, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 25 October

7pm Mid-Somerset Group – Meeting at Bocabar Glastonbury. This venue is wheelchair-accessible, on a main bus route, and is happy to cater for all standard special dietary requirements (and some non-standard ones besides).

We’ll be talking as we eat, but if you’d prefer to eat beforehand and simply join us for the company and a coffee, that’s no problem – just please make sure to let us know that this will be the case.

Our meetings are open to all SfEP members, as well as those considering joining the SfEP. We’ve also occasionally welcomed those who are simply exploring our profession as a possibility and so please do feel free to bring a friend, should they express an interest in what we do!

For further details, and to confirm attendance by Monday 22 October at the latest, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 30 October

1.30pm Edinburgh Group – Meeting in the private room of The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh (topic to be confirmed). Anyone wanting to meet for a bar lunch beforehand should come along from 12.30pm.

As always, all SfEP members and interested non-members are welcome to attend. For further details or to advise of attendance, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ November

Cumbria/Borders Group – We plan to run Gerard Hill's excellent workshop on the Art of Querying, hopefully on a Thursday in November (date, 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).

Thursday 1 November

11am Cambridge Group – Meeting at a new venue: The Locker, 54 King Street, CB1 1LN – just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Topic to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday 3 November

11am North/East Scotland Group – Meeting upstairs in the Arthurstone Terrace Library building, Dundee (5 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6RT) for a discussion (topic to be confirmed) and an informal chat. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 7 November

8.45am Toronto Group – Mini-conference at 33 Prince Arthur Avenue in Toronto. This conference is a members’ benefit for SfEP members in Canada and the United States, although all SfEP members are welcome. Non-SfEP members may be added to the waiting list. For full details, see the Toronto mini-conference page.

Wednesday 7 November

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

Thursday 8 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. 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).

Monday 12 November

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm. 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).

Saturday 17 November

10.30am Cambridge Group – Our macro training session with Paul Beverley will be held from 10.30am to 2.30pm. If you're not a member of the Cambridge group but would be interested in coming along, do get in touch – places are limited but we may have space for a roaming editor or two! For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 19 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 (topic to be confirmed). For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 20 November

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting in Milton Keynes – venue to be confirmed. Our meeting will include a live editing session and a book swap. If you live in Beds or Bucks and haven't attended one of our meetings, do get in touch. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 20 November

2pm Glasgow Group – Meeting at Collabor8te, 22 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1RE. All are welcome, and anyone who has not attended a meeting before is welcome to come along at 1.30pm to have an informal meet-and-greet before the start of the regular meeting. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 20 November

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (BST). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

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 22 November

12.30pm Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Everyone welcome. 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 22 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. 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, and to confirm attendance by Monday 19 November, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 23 November

Oxford Group – Meeting at the King’s Arms (Wadham Room), Broad Street, Oxford. 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).

Tuesday 27 November

Northern Ireland Group – Christmas lunch – time, date and venue to be confirmed. SfEP members as well as those new to editing and proofreading are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 29 November

11am Devon Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. We’ll be talking about managing your business paperwork: record-keeping, accounts, and keeping data to help with your costings and marketing. 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).

______ December

North East England Group – Our next meeting will be our Christmas lunch, (date, time and venue to be confirmed). For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ December

West/North Yorkshire Group – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. The group meets every three months in Saltaire, near Shipley, West Yorkshire, for a chat on all things editorial. All members are welcome, and non-members can attend up to three meetings. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 5 December

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, 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).

Friday 7 December

Herts/Essex Group – Christmas meeting – time and venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 7 December

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

Friday 14 December

12 noon 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).

 

2019

Monday 14 January

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm 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 17 January

12.30pm Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Everyone welcome. 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 24 January

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. 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 31 January

11am Devon Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. We’ll be talking about New year’s resolutions: What did you learn in 2018 that will be useful in 2019? What do you want to focus on in 2019? 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 13 February

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, 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 11 March

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm 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 14 March

12.30pm Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Everyone welcome. 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).

Friday 22 March

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. 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).

Monday 13 May

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm 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 24 May

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. 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).

Monday 15 July

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm 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 18 July

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. 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).

Monday 23 September

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm 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 18 November

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm 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).