Local groups and information centres

South East

Brighton Area Veg*ns Info Centre

Angie Wright, tel: 01323 896244
email: angie@angiewright.co.uk


Brighton Veg*n Social Group

Details: angie@angiewright.co.uk, 01323 896244 or 07794108494.

Meet: monthly in one of the veggie cafes in the Brighton area, usually in the evening.

Regular event: last Sunday in each month at Loving Hut by the Level/St Peter's Church from 2pm till 6pm - all welcome

Vegan Families group (for young vegans to meet other young vegans). Meet first Sunday in the month at Loving Hut, 2pm-6pm.


Canterbury & Coastal Veg Info Centre

Karen Willoughby White,  Tel: 01227 375661 (no media or trade calls please)


Guildford Vegetarian Society

Tel: 01483 425040 and on Facebook as Guildford Vegetarian Society

Local group for both the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society.

Part of London and Home Counties Herbivores: http://www.meetup.com/LHCveg/

Our members: GVS welcomes vegetarians of all categories (lacto-ovo-veg, lacto-veg, ovo-veg, vegans), as well as sympathisers and those aspiring towards vegetarianism. Our group covers a wide age range, and we've about 140 households on our mailing list. 

To join our group: please ring if possible (ideally on weekend afternoons), as it's good to have some initial contact with new members. Most information is now sent by e-mail, but to join GVS you'll also need to give your postal address and 'phone number (landline if available). We don't charge a subscription for those on e-mail, but voluntary donations are welcome and can fund future outreach.  

News: the Secretary (who's been running the group since 2001), is now mainly arranging social events (usually one per month) until a new organiser can take over. Outreach may be arranged for National Vegetarian Week in May and/or World Vegan Month in November.

Social events: at present we have meals out, bring-and-share meals, and occasional walks. We often eat at Guildford's vegetarian restaurant (The Beano at Guildford Institute, Ward Street). NB In 2016 monthly socials will be on variable dates of the month. Our events in public places (eg meals out) are usually listed on our Meetup site

Public outreach events: (see note above). In the past this has included food tastings, information stalls, leafleting, library displays, public talks, and organising Guildford's first Compassionate Living Fair (October 2007 at The Guildhall). 

Isle of Wight Vegetarians and Vegans

Dave and Sally Burnett Tel: 01983 868261 email: tofu2@tesco.net
Website; http://www.iwvv.org.uk/

Here at the Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans, we have seen many changes since our group started in 1976. Whilst in our hey day we had over 100 members we now have forgone the formal membership system and operate purely as friends so it costs nothing by way of membership. We can stay in touch via emails or those who prefer to receive a quarterly newsletter through the post can supply us with 4 stamped addressed envelopes for the year.
In the past our activities have included bike rides, walks, BBQ's, American suppers, quiz nights and general social get togethers. We normally meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm but this is not set in stone. We are a very friendly group of people who all derive much pleasure from sharing our more compassionate lifestyle. Our group income is from sales of our two home produced Vegan cookery books 'Meals without Squeals' & 'More Meals without Squeals'. At our annual gathering we turn any profits into donations for deserving animal and human charities.


Lewes & Hastings Area Vegetarian & Vegan Group

Julia Jarrold,  Tel: 01435 830150, fax: 01435 830744
email: jlj@mistral.co.uk  web: www.ivu.org/lhveg

Events will be posted to the website Notice Board. Our next social event is waiting to be organized! Any veggies wishing to meet up with other veggies or who would like to host a veggie gathering small or large please send the details to Julia and they'll be posted on the website notice board. Gatherings can be held in homes, pubs, restaurants, picnics, however you would like to arrange it.


Seaford Vegans


Run outreach stalls every Wednesday, 1pm -3pm, alternating in Seaford/Eastbourne/Lewes/Eastbourne (with tea afterwards).

Regular event: get together first Sunday in each month, at Miss Wall's Back Garden. Grove Road , Eastbourne. 11am until 1.30pm -  just turn up!

Contact Angie for more info 01323 896244 or angie@angiewright.co.uk


Sevenoaks Vegetarians, Vegans and Fellow Travellers

John-William Reeves, Tel: 01689 859716, 0797 4747521
email: Ian on  iangallehawk@blueyonder.co.uk  (vegan contact), 
lionden1@btinternet.com  (vegetarian contact)  web: www.7oaks-veg-veg-ft.org

We meet on the fourth Thursday in January, April, August and Decmeber at the Bullfinch Public House, Sevenoaks, 7.30pm onwards in order to discuss and promote a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. We also encourge a broader view to encompass environmental aspects of life such as organic food production and recycling. Socially we are active as well; holding an annual garden party, meals out, trips and visits and now an occasional newsletter. We also nominate an animal charity to support each year.


Tunbridge Wells Vegan & Vegetarian Group

Mark Hanna,  Tel: 01825 841104
email: mark.hanna@virgin.net  and on Facebook as Tunbridge Wells Vegans

We meet every 2nd Monday of the month at the Royal Oak pub on Prospect Road 8pm - come and join us.  All enquiries and support welcome. 


Woking Animal Aid


Facebook: Woking Animal Aid

Email: wokingveg@uwclub.net
Phone number: 01483 770521 or 07932 104012

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 8pm at The Sovereigns pub, Guildford Road, Woking. It is best to check first to ensure that the social is going ahead that month and so that we can keep a look out and give new members a warm welcome. We also do ‘outreach’ where we attend local fetes or street stalls and give out information.


Worthing Vegetarian and Vegan Group*

Shirley Gain, tel: 01903 208038
email: Shirley.gain@yahoo.co.uk
e-group:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/worthingveggie  and on facebook - Worthing Vegetarian

We are a friendly group of vegetarians and vegans in the Worthing area and meet socially once a month.  Newcomers always welcome.


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