We hope we find you well and still enthusiastic about the night sky and all things astronomical!
After a period of COVID enforced inactivity we would like to start our meetings again and would like your views on the Society and what you want from your membership and involvement.
Initially we propose to run a short season of Friday evening meetings, starting on 18th March 2022. The following meetings will be on 22nd April, 20th May and 17th June. The venue is, as before, the Baptist Church Hall, Frome Road, Beckington, BA11 6TD and meetings will begin at 7.30 pm.
This website has details of the location including Google Maps and Street View.
Our proposal is that we should keep our first few meetings relatively simple with this structure
- Welcome and Introduction
- Back to basics – a presentation and discussion on a topic about which people new to astronomy will have many questions and those with more experience will, hopefully, have just as many answers! We would like to make this session as interactive as possible, sharing information and building enthusiasm for our next full season when we propose to have outside speakers back at our Society meetings
- The current night sky – a guide to what can be seen now and what is coming soon
- Astronomy news – for example how is the deployment of the James Webb telescope progressing, updates on the various missions to Mars etc.
If possible we shall try and introduce some practical elements. Perhaps a session on using your telescope or advice on how to get the most from binoculars. Whilst the Baptist Church Hall is a little hemmed in by trees and buildings we are looking at solutions to make such sessions deliverable.
We hope that our members will be happy to participate by proposing topics for discussion and being ready to present those topics. Topic suggestions will also help us decide which outside speakers we should approach for our next full season of meetings.
We shall conclude our meetings with simple refreshments and again are hoping that we are all ready to help prepare, deliver and clear up the cups etc. Donations will help us cover the cost of refreshments.
Existing members who have paid for a year’s membership are of course able to attend these 4 meetings without further cost.
Non members will be asked to pay £3 per meeting.