There is a new user group starting up in the North East. It is taking an interestingly route of having meetings with two one hour sessions, one targeted at developers and the other for IT pros. The user group is free and there will be food and giveaways,
I like this idea, the danger with too many user groups is that they focus too much on their own little area; getting in some cross fertilisation between people with different views on problems is a great way to learn more.
NE Byres launch event is on the 20th of January in Room G11 of the Percy Building at Newcastle University. It will have sessions on Silverlight and SharePoint 2010.
For more details check out http://www.nebytes.net/