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).

Monday 20 May

6.30pm London Group – Meeting at a restaurant in W1, 6.30–8pm. Those who come to the meeting will be asked to talk about themselves and what they are particularly interested in within publishing. Please come along with any questions you have about editing, proofreading or the SfEP, which others attending the meeting may be able to answer.

If you would like to come to the meeting and if you would like to stay for a meal afterwards at the restaurant downstairs, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 May

12 noon Oxford Group – Meeting at Le Pain Quotidien, at the Westgate Centre in central Oxford. All are welcome. For further details and to confirm attendance by Friday 10 May, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 May

12.30pm Berkshire Group – Meeting at The Golden Retriever, Bracknell. If you would like to come to our friendly and informal lunchtime meeting, please let .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) know as soon as possible. All welcome.

Wednesday 22 May

9.30am SfEP North East Mini-conference – Newcastle upon Tyne, 9.30am–4.30pm. For more details and to pick up your ticket, visit the special Eventbrite web page. Also see the mini-conference page.

Thursday 23 May

11.00am West Midlands/Birmingham Group – How Editors Edit 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. If anyone has a specific subject they would like to discuss, or for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 23 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).

Friday 24 May

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at the Coach and Horses, Bishop’s Stortford. Our topics will include 1) Difficult clients and how to handle them 2) Feedback from the North East England mini-conference from Annie Deakins 3) Meeting PerfectIt guru Hilary Cadman, visiting from Australia. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 28 May

1.30pm Edinburgh Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed. For further details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 28 May

1.30pm Glasgow Group – Meeting at Collabor8te, 22 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1RE. Our Topic will be ‘Word styles and templates’ with Susan Milligan. All new and existing members are very welcome, and anyone wanting to attend the meeting for the first time is encouraged to contact us in advance. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 29 May

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm GMT – Please note change of date. 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).

Wednesday 29 May

6.30pm Toronto Group – Live editing sessions. Please note change of date.

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 30 May

Devon (Exeter) Group – Time, venue and topic 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).

______ June

Ely/Fenland Group – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. We meet approximately every two months in the centre of Ely, varying between morning, lunchtime and early evening. Our meetings so far have been informal, but themed discussions or talks, visits and social events can be arranged.

We welcome SfEP members from the Ely and Fenland area, colleagues from farther afield, and non-members interested in a career in editing and proofreading. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ June

Glasgow Group – Our Summer Social (date, time and venue to be confirmed). For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ June

Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Details are not yet confirmed, but we usually meet at lunchtime at the Orchard Café on Town Walls in Shrewsbury for informal (usually work-related) chat. All SfEP members and interested newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ June

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).

Friday 7 June

10.30am Sussex Group – A brunch/lunch gathering at a café in central Brighton – details 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).

Friday 7 June

12 noon Sheffield Group – Meeting at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane. Any new members who would like to attend will be very welcome – we are a friendly and supportive group! 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 June

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 by Monday 10 June so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 13 June

10.30am Northern Ireland Group – Meeting in Caffè Nero, College Street, Belfast – 10.30am to 12 noon – for a social meeting. 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 13 June

12.30pm Kent Group – Meeting at The Sun Inn, Faversham. The topic for discussion at the meeting will be ‘Are you a night owl or a lark?’ – How do you structure your work day? Do you like working early in the morning, or are you at your best late at night or in the wee small hours? Let’s share our experiences of what works best for us. We could also cover hints and tips to improve our daily working life, such as better posture, lighting, desk set-up, chairs, taking regular breaks etc. For further details, or to confirm your attendance (by Tuesday 11 June please), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 19 June

10.30am South Wales/Cardiff Group – Meeting in the tearooms at Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW. For further details or to confirm your attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 20 June

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm GMT. 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 20 June

6.30pm Toronto Group – Topic to be confirmed.

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 20 June

Edinburgh Group – Our final meeting before the summer break will be an end-of-term dinner – time, date and venue to be confirmed. For further details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 26 June

12.30pm West Wales Group – Meeting at Café Rio, Quay Street, Haverfordwest for the preferred format of chat-over-lunch. 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 8 July

York Group – Details to be confirmed – possibly an outing. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 8 July

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 8 July

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 9 July

2pm Liverpool Group – Meeting at The Pen Factory on Hope Street, 2pm to 4pm. It’s downstairs next to the Everyman Theatre (lift available). We’ll be discussing professional confidence and imposter syndrome, with strategies for building confidence.

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).

Wednesday 10 July

12 noon Oxford Group – Meeting in a location in central Oxford – venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 11 July

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, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 12 July

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at the Angela Reed café in Saffron Walden (topic to be confirmed). All are 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).

Tuesday 16 July

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).

Wednesday 17 July

Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Visit to Frogmore Paper Mill. All members are welcome and non-members are welcome to join us for up to three meetings. For further details, contact .(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).

Thursday 25 July

Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting – (time and venue to be confirmed) including a talk from Sunrise Setting about LaTex. 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 14 August

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).

Tuesday 17 September

Midday Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. All members are welcome and non-members are welcome to join us for up to three meetings. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 19 September

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).

Tuesday 24 September

10.30am Northern Ireland Group – Meeting in Caffè Nero, College Street, Belfast – 10.30am to 12 noon – topic 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 26 September

11am Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12 noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. Topic 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).

Thursday 26 September

12 noon Oxford Group – Meeting in a location in central Oxford – venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 September

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, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 9 October

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 11 October

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at the Coach and Horses, Bishop’s Stortford (topic to be confirmed). All are welcome. For further details, contact .(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).

Thursday 21 November

Midday Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. All members are welcome and non-members are welcome to join us for up to three meetings. For further details, 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, 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. 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).

Friday 22 November

12 noon Oxford Group – Meeting in a location in central Oxford – venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 27 November

10.30am Northern Ireland Group – Christmas lunch – venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 November

11am Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12 noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. Topic 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).