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).

______ January

Sussex Group – Meeting in Brighton for a New Year’s lunch – date, 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 16 January

10.30am Bristol/Bath Group – Meeting 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).

Thursday 16 January

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 and planning our meetings for the year.

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 16 January

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

Thursday 16 January

1.30pm Glasgow Group – Meeting in the wheelchair-accessible Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW, 1.30–3.30pm.

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.

Thursday 16 January

6.30pm London Group – Meeting at a restaurant in W1. Shelagh Aitken will be giving a talk about the training provided by SfEP. It will be suitable not only for people starting out in publishing, but also for those more experienced editors and proofreaders who want to upgrade or pursue CPD.

For further details and to confirm attendance – and whether you would like to eat in the restaurant after the meeting has finished – contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (by 5pm on Tuesday 14 January please).

Tuesday 21 January

3pm GMT Cloud Club (West) – This group is hosted from Canada and caters for members in time zones in the Western hemisphere, including the UK. At this meeting, we will be sharing efficiency tips and tools, as well as our goals (both professional and training/CPD) for 2020.

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 Clubs local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Clubs forum to access the necessary link and are also encouraged to let Janet know in advance (preferably on the Cloud Clubs forum, but alternatively by email. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 January

6.30pm Toronto Group – We will be looking at organisational and efficiency tips, checklists and demos.

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).

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).

Wednesday 22 January

West Wales Group – Our usual informal meeting over lunch in Haverfordwest, 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).

Thursday 23 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. 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.

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 24 January

7.30pm Edinburgh Group – An informal meeting/New Year dinner at Vittoria’s, 19 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1EN. New and existing members all welcome. For further details please 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).

Tuesday 28 January

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed.

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).

Tuesday 28 January

12 noon York Group – Meeting 12–2pm at The Gillygate, 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, for a review of 2019. We’ll share the highs and lows of our editing and proofreading year, and we’ll look ahead to new challenges in 2020.

Before we get started on the topic, there is always plenty of time for chat over lunch or a drink. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 29 January

11am Mid-Somerset Group – Meeting at the Bear Inn, in Street, BA16 0EF, 11am–12.30pm. This will be an informal and friendly meeting and all SfEP members are welcome, especially newcomers. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 30 January

12 noon Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the @ thirty-four restaurant. This is the training restaurant at Exeter College, where they serve lovely food at really reasonable prices. We hope it will make a good first meeting of the new year.

Please let us know nearer the time if you are planning to attend so that we can book for the right number of people. All SfEP members are 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).

______ February

Devon (Plymouth) Group – After a short hiatus, we hope to recommence meetings in February – date, time and venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and interested newcomers will be very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

Ely/Fenland Group – Our next regular meeting will be held in February, date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

10.30am South Wales/Cardiff Group – Meeting – 10.30am–12 noon – in the tearooms at Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW. Date (and time) to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

10.30am Sussex Group – Meeting in central Brighton – date 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).

______ February

West/North Yorkshire Group – Our next meeting will be in either February or March – 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).

Thursday 6 February

11am Northamptonshire Group – Meeting at the Kino Lounge in Kettering – topic to be confirmed. Everyone welcome.

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

Friday 7 February

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at The Piano, Saffron Walden. Our topic will be ‘Introductions and goals for 2020’. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 12 February

12.30pm Wessex Group – Venue to be confirmed. 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) (by 5pm on Monday 10 February please).

Tuesday 18 February

12.30pm Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Meeting at the Orchard Café on Town Walls in Shrewsbury. 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).

Tuesday 18 February

1.30pm Glasgow Group – Meeting in the wheelchair-accessible Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW, 1.30–3.30pm (to be confirmed).

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.

Tuesday 18 February

Bristol/Bath Group – Our usual coffee meeting at riverstation, the Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB – time to be confirmed. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 19 February

3pm GMT Cloud Club (West) – This group is hosted from Canada and caters for members in time zones in the Western hemisphere, including the UK. At this meeting, we will be discussing client interaction, including boundaries, rate setting, communications and red flags.

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 Clubs local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Clubs forum to access the necessary link and are also encouraged to let Janet know in advance (preferably on the Cloud Clubs forum, but alternatively by email. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 19 February

6.30pm Toronto Group – Meeting – 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).

Tuesday 25 February

1pm Edinburgh Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed. For further details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 25 February

London Group – Time and venue to be confirmed. The group will welcome Janson Woodall, who will be talking to us about his former job as a production editor with Kogan Page, an independent business publisher. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ March

Cumbria/Borders Group – Our next meeting will be held in March. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 9 March

York Group – Meeting – time, venue and topic to be confirmed.

Before we get started on the topic, there is always plenty of time for chat over lunch or a drink. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 17 March

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting 11.30am–1pm – venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 20 March

12 noon Sheffield Group – Meeting at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane, Sheffield. We are an informal group and our discussions are spontaneous, but we are warm and welcoming, and are always pleased to see new people come along. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(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).

Wednesday 25 March

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed.

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).

Wednesday 25 March

1.30pm Glasgow Group – Meeting in the wheelchair-accessible Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW, 1.30–3.30pm (to be confirmed).

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.

Thursday 26 March

3pm GMT Cloud Club (West) – This group is hosted from Canada and caters for members in time zones in the Western hemisphere, including the UK. The topic for our next meeting is to be confirmed.

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 Clubs local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Clubs forum to access the necessary link and are also encouraged to let Janet know in advance (preferably on the Cloud Clubs forum, but alternatively by email. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 March

6pm Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter. All SfEP members 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 March

6.30pm Toronto Group – Meeting – 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).

Friday 27 March

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).

Wednesday 22 April

York Group – Meeting – time, venue and topic to be confirmed.

Before we get started on the topic, there is always plenty of time for chat over lunch or a drink. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 13 May

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting 11.30am–1pm – venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(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).

Tuesday 19 May

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed.

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).

Friday 22 May

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at The Piano, Saffron Walden. Topic to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 May

12 noon Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter. All SfEP members 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).

Friday 10 July

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 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).

Thursday 16 July

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting 11.30am–1pm – venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 16 July

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed.

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 30 July

6pm Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter. All SfEP members 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 17 September

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed.

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).

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).

Thursday 24 September

12 noon Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter. All SfEP members 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).

Friday 25 September

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting 11.30am–1pm – venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 25 September

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at The Piano, Saffron Walden. Topic to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 9 November

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting 11.30am–1pm – venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(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).

Wednesday 18 November

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed.

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 26 November

6pm Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter. All SfEP members 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).

Friday 4 December

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting – venue and topic to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).