Wadhurst and District Astronomical Society

This is a friendly society which welcomes new members irrespective of where they live. Our members range from beginners, who are just starting out, through to those with considerable observing experience. Everyone is welcome.

We are affiliated to the Federation of Astronomical Societies and are members of SAGAS, the Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies.

We meet in Classrooms IL5/6 at Uplands Community College, Wadhurst. Continue down the access road from the main entrance and go through the double doors in the blue wall ahead of you. We will use the door into IL5 which is on your left a little way along the corridor. Occassionally we will meet in the Drama Studio if the classrooms are in use. The Drama Studio is the first building on your left as you enter the College site.

MEETINGS are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month (please check dates below) in either classrooms IL5/6 or the Drama Studio, Uplands Community College, Lower High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6AZ.
The meeting begins at 19.30 although members and visitors are invited to arrive anytime after 19.00 as this is a good time to exchange ideas and discuss problems. Everyone is welcome but non-members are asked if they would be kind enough to contribute £3 towards costs.

20th February 2019 - Our Founder, Rob Cray, is welcomed back to speak about "Chariots for Apollo: The Developement of the Lunar Module".

20th March 2019 - The always popular William Joyce FRAS tells us about "The Search for Intelligent Life in Deep Space".

17th April 2019 - One of our members, Doug Edworthy, gives a multi-media presentation entitled "The Universe Through the Internet".

15th May 2019 - We welcome back Colin Stuart who's talk on this occasion describes "How We'll Live On Mars".

19th June 2019 - Brian Mills FRAS asks "How Did We Get to Where We Are?"

17th July 2019 - TBC

No Meeting in August

18th September 2019 - TBC

16th October 2019 - TBC

20th November 2019 - Jan Drozd - Subject TBC

11th December 2019 (note second Wednesday of the month) - Brian Mills FRAS Tells us more about "The Work of Female Astronomers".

15th January 2020 - A brief AGM will be followed by a talk TBC

Most of our meetings consist of a talk by our main speaker followed by free tea, coffee and biscuits. There is then a short beginners talk and "Sky Notes" to say what is happenning in the sky in the coming month.

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LOCATION OF MEETINGS - Classrooms IL5 & 6, Uplands Community College.

Doors open from 19.00; talks start at 19.30 and are finished by 22.00.

Some members adjourn to "The Greyhound" afterwards where you will be most welcome to join us.

Other events, including group observing, are arranged at shorter notice.


Chairman  - Brian Mills FRAS 01732 832691 

Secretary  - Phil Berry  01580 291312

Treasurer - John Lutkin

Membership Secretary - John Wayte

Newsletter Editor - Geoff Rathbone   01959 524727

Observing Director - Ian McCartney

Librarian - Phil Berry

Catering Manager - Jim Cooper

SAGAS Representative - Eric Gibson

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Phil Berry, Brian Mills and Ian King on a visit to the late Patrick Moore's home in Selsey, Sussex in February 2011.

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