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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

Wednesday January 19th 2022 at 12.00. Our post-Xmas lunch meeting, at the Capadocia Turkish restaurant, 8 St John Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 8HN. Due to Covid we have to book in advance. Please let me know if you wish to join us. For details and menu see www.thecapadocia.co.uk.

Previous meetings

Wednesday October 20th at 12.00. A return to the Higgins Pantry in Bedford. Seven of us met for lunch. It was good to see people again. Some people had a lot of work on, some of us are semi-retired. We discussed the recent book on indexing, Index, a History of the, by Dennis Duncan. We all seemed to have bought a copy of it. We also discussed indexes offered by Newgen at very low rates, so many offers that we have ceased to reply. We also talked about the recent Sideline strand on falling membership numbers. We didn’t see this as a problem, as long as the SI can cope financially. In fact, selfishly, falling numbers could mean less competition for work! The then forthcoming online conference was discussed, with bookings looking good. A small step in returning to normality.

Tuesday January 14th at 12.00. The Higgins Pantry, Bedford. Six of us met for lunch. We had used this venue before, and the food and atmosphere were as good as ever. We compared notes on indexes completed, and the vast range of subjects covered. We all had work on. Nicola had a heavy workload, and Beverley Winkler also does copy editing and proofreading. We discussed Cambridge University Press, as Nicola had recently visited them with Paula Clark Bain and discussed their indexing needs with a group of editors. We learnt that the SfEP conference will be held in Milton Keynes in September.

Thursday October 24th at 12.00. Abbot’s Kitchen Café at St Albans Cathedral. Five of us met for lunch, with two apologies for absence. We hadn’t used this venue for some time. Since then the café and gift shop area has been completely refurbished. Lovely surroundings and good food. We talked about the London conference, and the ideas for future conferences, with Birmingham and Germany both in the frame. Embedded indexing was discussed, as Jane and Beverley have both done a lot of work for CUP. They are prolific publishers, so a lot of work is available.