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.

21st February 2018 - Dr Graham Appleby tells us about "Monitoring Sea Levels From Space - The Role of Geodesy".

21st March 2018 - A welcome return from William Joyce whose subject this time is "Asteroids & Comets".

18th April 2018 - Barry Soden returns to enlighten us on "Daylight Sky".

16th May 2018 - Colin Stuart tells us "How to Weigh a Universe".

20th June 2018 - Our Chairman Brian Mills FRAS takes "SOFIA and Airborne Observing" as his subject.

18th July 2018 - The highly entertaining Dr David Mannion tells us about "Astronomical Numbers".

No Meeting in August

19th September 2018 - Will O'Brien talks on "The Dynamics of Charged Particles in Planetary Magnetic Fields".

17th October 2018 - Dr Stephen Wilkins gives us the latest information about "Exploring the Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope".

21st November 2018 - Jan Drozd explains about "A Pale Blue Dot - Earth from an Alien Astronomer's Perspective".

12th December 2018 (note second Wednesday of the month) - Brian Mills FRAS reveals more secrets about "Local Astronomers".

16th January 2019 - 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

Newsletter Editor - Geoff Rathbone   01959 524727

Observing Director - Brian Mills FRAS 01732 832691

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.

/Patrick Moore