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.

Please note that starting with the May 2016 meeting we will be using Classrooms IL5 & 6 at Uplands Community College. 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.

MEETINGS are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month (please check dates below) in either The Drama Studio or classrooms IL5 & 6, Uplands Community College, Lower High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6AZ. (IL5 &6 are usualy used from May to December).
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.

14th December 2016 (note second Wednesday of month)- Brian Mills FRAS tells us about "Local Astronomers".

18th January 2017 -A brief AGM will be followed by three short talks.

15th February 2017 - The entertaining Dr David Mannion asks the question "ET, are you out there?"

15th March 2017 - Professor Louise Harra brings us the latest about "Solar Activity".

19th April 2017 - TBC

17th May 2017 - TBC

21st June 2017- TBC

19th July 2017 - TBC

20th September 2017 - TBC

18th October 2017 - TBC

15th November 2017 - Jan Drozd regails us with stories about "Astronomical Blunders in Science Fiction".

13th December 2017 (note second Wednesday of the month) - Brian Mills FRAS tells the story of "The Great Telescope at Birr Castle".

17th January 2018 - 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 "beginners" talk.

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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 local pub afterwards.

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


Chairman  - Brian Mills FRAS 01732 832691 

Secretary  - Phil Berry  01892 783544

Treasurer - John Lutkin

Newsletter Editor - Geoff Rathbone   01959 524727

Observing Director - Brian Mills FRAS 01732 832691

Librarian - Eric Gibson

Catering Manager - Jim Cooper

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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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