Although we would have liked to restart in September, there was not enough interest. People are rightly still concerned about the COVID situation and without sufficient numbers, we cannot justify organising meetings.

Our current goal is to try to restart in the new year. We will target February 2022.

Apologies to our regular and putative new members. Let’s hope we can meet next year.

We hope to be able to restart our meetings on 17th September. Everyone welcome! We will kick off with an informal evening of short talks and discussions. This will be good chance to get to know everyone and to help shape the society for the year to come.

We will be taking subscriptions for new and existing members. People who were signed up for 2019-2020 will get a discount for the months that were cancelled.

Apologies to all our members that we have been unable to run our normal programme this season.

The situation regarding COVID-19 is still such that we cannot give a definite answer to the question “when will we start again”.

We are mindful that you have all paid subs for the full year and you may well be feeling short-changed by us.  As soon as we have the opportunity, we will convene our postponed AGM where we can discuss a sensible way forward.

Due to the on-going Covid19 crisis, we have decided to suspend our activities until the new season in September.

Please watch this space for further announcements.

We hope that you are all keeping safe and look forward to seeing you when our lives have returned to normal — whenever that may be.

Unfortunately Jonathan Gale cannot make it in May, but he kindly put me in touch with his friend Owen Brazell who will be filling in with a talk about Dark Nebulae.  This sounds like a very interesting topic, so hope you can make it.  Jonathan will hopefully be able to offer a talk some time in the future.

We plan to run our Christmas social event this year and would welcome your input on what you would like us to do.

We usually have a Raffle, Quiz and some other activities prepared by the membership.  People are welcome to bring along activities — they do not have to relate to astronomy, but if you do have anything astronomical to show and tell that would be marvellous.

Send your ideas to the chairman or other committee members.