What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in improving their life through social activities in and around the Wiltshire area.

The aim is to have a range of events and days out mainly around the Wiltshire towns and villages including walks, meals, live music, cinema or just meeting for coffee. It doesn't matter if you are single or a couple there will be events to suit all. We all like to meet new people with shared interests and the potential for new friendships to be formed, this is why I started this group.

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." William Butler Yeats

Now for the boring bit:

A joining fee of £10 is needed before membership is approved.

This is a one off payment, payable by bank transfer, the account details will be forwarded to you when you ask to join. It will only be used to pay meetup admin costs which are about £150 per year. If there is a large uptake of membership and we feel that there is a surplus of fees building up then we will look at subsidising an event for current members. The reason for a once only payment and not an annual fee is that the administrative burden of collecting fees annually would be too much. If this group closes you will be refunded surplus fees after all costs have been met on a pro-rata basis.

I will run a very simple Income and Expenditure account and all payments will be auditable. Accounts will be made available to anyone on request.

I'm sure that you will feel that this is a small cost compared to the benefits you'll receive from being a member of this group.

Upcoming events (5+)

Walk HoneyStreet

HoneyStreet Mill Cafe

We start from the Honeystreet Mill cafe car park. This is a lovely new walk which has some great views across wonderful countryside and is flat. The walk is just over 5 miles, dogs are welcome and the walk is dog friendly. Look out for the kingfishers! The walk is followed by coffee/light lunch at the Honeystreet Mill Cafe.

Dog Walk starting at The Seven Stars Bottlesford

the seven stars,

A lovely easy walking flat walk of 6 miles with great views. It is dog friendly but there is one stile that they will need to be helped over.

Elemental Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park

Directions From Swindon take the A 419 towards cirencester. 2 miles after the Cricklade turning take the B 4696 signed for the waterparks and the four pillars hotel. Stay on that road for another 2 miles until you come to a crossroad, go straight across the crossroads for 1.5 miles until you get to the somerford Keynes turning. Turn right by the 'Go By Cycles Center' then immediately left. This will take you into the village on a T junction, turn right at the T junction and drive through Somerford Keynes. As you drive out the other end of the village you'll see us on the right. If you come in from the cirencester end, you will see the sign just before you enter the village. ‘Elemental Sculpture Park’ sits on a 10 acre site very affectionately known by the Hartlands as simply the 'Land' and was bought 21 years ago as a wild thistle field. Though the thistle field had its own beauty the Land has now been transformed into a mixed deciduous and conifer woodland with ponds, gardens and glades. Joining these diverse spaces are meandering paths that take you on a journey around the park providing an international centre for contemporary Art. The Land itself is an ongoing project which will continue changing, producing a biodiversity of natural ecosystems, providing Artists both established and emerging, with a wonderful and diverse enviroment to exhibit their work. In 2016 a wildflower garden to embrace the area around the glade providing a pallete of colour and flowing texture was added. http://elementalsculpturepark.com/gallery Admission £5 Meet where we pay the admission. Sorry no dogs allowed.

Calne Book Group -Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

The Lansdowne Arms

July All welcome - please read the book before we meet. This will be a sociable evening where we can have a light-hearted discussion about a book read for enjoyment rather than an intellectual dissection of heavy-hitting literature. Hopefully this will introduce us all to some new authors and different genres that we might not normally read. We'll take it in turns to choose the next book at each meeting. Please ask if you want the list of our previous books. About the book- On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to? An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. "Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans)

Past events (793)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group | Wool by Hugh Howey

The Milk Churn

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