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 The Drama Studio or classrooms IL5 & 6, 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.

17th May 2017 (In Drama Studio)- The science/astronomy author, writer and speaker Colin Stuart sets out "13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution."

21st June 2017- Popular speaker Melanie Davies tells us about "Mission to Mars: Fiction vs Reality".

19th July 2017 - Two talks for the price of one!

(1) Phil Berry describes "My Smartphone Controlled Telescope" and

(2) Brian Mills continues his series about women in Astronomy with " NASA's Unseen Female Astronauts".

20th September 2017 - Barry Soden recalls "NASA Disasters (and Some Causes)".

18th October 2017 - David Pulley asks the question "So How do We Know They are Planets".

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 usally then a short beginners talk and some "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 local pub afterwards.

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


Chairman  - Brian Mills FRAS 01732 832691 

Secretary  - Phil Berry  01580 291312

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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