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West Anglia

The West Anglia group was created in 2005. The region covered by the group includes: Beds, Bucks, Herts and Northants. The group was set up mainly for networking, but further objectives include: exchange of information on aspects of indexing – both current and future; help and advice on self-employment and running a freelance business; improving work opportunities and helping students. We aim to meet every three months – in January, April, July and October. We try to arrange meetings at venues within easy walking distance of a train or coach station, but car sharing can be arranged for those venues not easily accessible by public transport. Everyone is welcome to join us at meetings, whether from the locality or further afield.

The West Anglia group runs a discussion forum that is is open to all members of the Society.

Further information

For further information, please contact the West Anglia group coordinator, Malcolm Henley:

Forthcoming meetings

Thursday 4 April 2019 at 12.00 – The White Lion, Watling Street, Dunstable LU6 1RS

A return to The White Lion for lunch. See the White Lion’s website for further information and menus.

Previous meetings

Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 12.00 – the Capadocia Turkish restaurant, 8 St John Street, Newport Pagnell MK16 8HN 

Four of us met for lunch at this new venue. There were five apologies for absence. We had a very good meal in nice surroundings.  Nicola filled us in on progress with National Indexing Day, and this year’s conference. Last year only Nicola from our group attended. This year it should be more tempting for WAG members. We discussed the usual work issues, and the future of WAG, given the declining numbers. We think it worthwhile continuing with the group, if only for the fact that we enjoy our meetings.

Wednesday 17 October 2018 at 12.00 – the Crown pub, 9 Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1BE.

Four of us met for lunch. We received two apologies for absence. We enjoyed a good lunch in a quiet dining room, so conversation was easy.  We talked about the recent conference. Only Nicola King had been able to attend. It was interesting to hear that SI and SfEP members were interspersed between the tables at dinner, and had a joint plenary session. Looking at next year’s event, two days in London, we must aim for  West Anglia to be represented in force. We congratulated Nicola on becoming the new SI Chair. She told us that there has been a steady supply of new SI members, but none of them live in the WA region.

Thursday 16 August 2018 at 11.00 – Blue Mountain Yard Caribbean restaurant and café, 1 Harnett Drive, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5RT

Five of us met for lunch. A new venue for us. A friendly, busy restaurant. Some of us found the food rather too fiery for our tastes. We discussed the forthcoming conference, only one of us was planning to attend. We compared notes on the availability of work. We all felt that we had sufficient jobs coming in. After lunch four of us went for a very pleasant stroll in the nearby riverside park.

Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 12.00 – The Star, 230 Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 3AY

Meeting cancelled due to lack of take-up.

Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 12.00 – The Flying Horse, 2 The Green, Clophill, Bedford MK45 4AD

Just three of us turned up for our post-Xmas lunch, and we received three apologies for absence. We’ve used this pub several times over the years, and it was as good as ever. We discussed the low turnout. Hopefully it was an aberration, but I will be monitoring the situation with future meetings. All three of us reported having plenty of work, and hoped that this was a good omen for 2018.