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).

______ October

Devon (Plymouth) Group – Our next meeting will be in October – 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).

Wednesday 9 October

11am London Group – Our Editing Coffee meeting, this month at The Castle at 54 Pentonville Road, London N1 9HF. Our topic will be editing fiction and our very own Carrie O'Grady, also known as The Hackney Fiction Doctor, will be sharing her experience and leading the discussion.

Come join us for a healthy dose of learning, washed down with delicious coffee and a pastry, all for a bargain price of £4. And the great company of fellow editors and proofreaders is a free bonus! Everyone welcome! For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 9 October

11am Mid-Somerset Group – Meeting at the Bear Inn, in Street for a post-conference feedback session. We will also talk about how the SfEP’s successful chartership bid might impact on you as an individual member, including the steps you might like to take to prepare. 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 (by 5pm on Monday 7 October please) so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 9 October

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).

Thursday 10 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).

Friday 11 October

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at the Coach and Horses, Bishop’s Stortford. Our topic will be ‘Feedback from conference 2019’ from Sophie Playle, Abi Saffrey and Annie Deakins. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 14 October

7.30pm Manchester Group – Meeting in the boardroom, on the second floor at Rain Bar, Great Bridgewater Street, near Oxford Road station in Manchester. Our discussion topic will be ‘Is it a good idea to publish your rates online?’.

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 15 October

6pm Ely/Fenland Group – A Christmas social meeting at the Royal Standard pub, Fore Hill, Ely, CB7 4AF. We plan to talk about the benefits and implications of chartership, in preparation for the EGM vote on the new CIEP regulations, which runs 15–22 October.

As always, we welcome SfEP and SI 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).

Tuesday 15 October

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, and a discussion topic will be decided nearer the time. 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 16 October

10.30am South Wales/Cardiff Group – Meeting – 10.30am–12 noon – 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).

Wednesday 16 October

12.30 p.m. Berkshire Group – Meeting at The Golden Retriever, Bracknell. We are an informal and friendly group and all SfEP 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 17 October

12.30pm Cumbria/Borders Group – Meeting at Low Sizergh Barn, Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE. This will be an informal meeting with no particular topic, but we’re hoping that any members who attended the SfEP annual conference this year might be willing to share their experiences.

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 17 October

12.30pm Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Meeting at the Orchard Café on Town Walls in Shrewsbury. (Regulars, please note that this meeting is on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday.) 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 22 October

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 Sunday 20 October please).

Thursday 24 October

12 noon Society of Indexers – West Anglia Group – Meeting at Abbot’s Kitchen Café, St Albans Cathedral. This is a bit outside the group’s usual range, and they have warmly invited SfEP members to join them.

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

Tuesday 29 October

12 noon York Group – Meeting 12–2pm at The Gillygate, 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ. There will be an opportunity to chat over drinks or lunch before a general discussion on the theme ‘Pricing and quotes’. Members and newcomers are welcome to join us. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 29 October

12.30pm Edinburgh Group – Meeting at 1pm (or 12.30pm for lunch beforehand) in the function room at The Southsider, 3–7 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9EF. We’ll talk about getting clients – advertising, promotion, networking, etc. This will be a round-table discussion with attendees asked to share their own experiences.

New attendees are always welcome. For further details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 29 October

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.

Friday 1 November

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).

Saturday 2 November

11am North/East Scotland Group – Meeting upstairs in the Arthurstone Community Library, 5 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6RT. 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).

Monday 4 November

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm GMT. Our discussion topic will be ‘Client communications, ensuring clarity and avoiding difficulties’.

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).

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

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).

Wednesday 6 November

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

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 (topic to be confirmed). For further details, 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–1pm. 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).

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

Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Our usual informal lunchtime meetup for general (usually work-related) chat – date, time and venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and interested newcomers are very welcome. 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).

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 midday for a Christmas lunch.)

For further details, and to confirm attendance, 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).

Wednesday 11 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).

Wednesday 11 December

York Group – Our Christmas lunch. 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

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).