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January 2022 meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming online (zoom) meeting on tonight Tuesday 4th January 2022. We are not meeting in person at the Hall in Seend for the time being.

The online meeting details are as follows:
Time: Tuesday 4th January 2022 19:45 GMT
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86216052459?pwd=NVNjeGFzaG9oSkdxZUI1T2dLVlE4QT09
Meeting ID: 862 1605 2459
Passcode: 563532

Tonight, we have Martin Lunn giving a talk on an appropriate theme, “The Star of Bethlehem”.

Thanks to Andy once again for putting together the newsletter, please download via the link below.

December 2021 meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming online (zoom) meeting on Tuesday 7th December 2021.

The meeting details are as follows:
Time: 19:45 GMT 7 Dec 2021
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88631333751?pwd=aWt1cGJBV3ovbWlPaFdoOGptU3RoQT09
Meeting ID: 886 3133 3751
Passcode: 527500


Our familiar speaker for the meeting is Paul Money (astrospace.co.uk) who is talking on “Why we don’t have Green Stars”.

**UPDATED 2021-12-07**
Thanks to Andy once again for putting together the newsletter, please download via the link below.

Zoom details for revised November meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder that, tonight Tuesday 9th November, we have scheduled our revised November meeting held online only over Zoom. Details below:

Time: Nov 9, 2021 19:45 GMT
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89401275309?pwd=dlFoQUY1eXBRNEdObFAwZXBobjlDZz09&fbclid=IwAR0OX9B1qucB8keYiPV8PDPrclzElAR72jdSRWlXaJMtOZ49FJYC64CE8Ic
Meeting ID: 894 0127 5309
Passcode: 296206

Our speaker is Katrin Raynor-Evans who will be talking about “Exploring Astronomy through Philately” , see a related article from Katrin here.

Also, here’s our November Newsletter, thanks again Andy

November Meeting Postponed & November Newsletter

Unfortunately, Katrin Raynor Evans’ talk due to be held over Zoom tonight has had to be postponed due to a very recent bereavement. However, Katrin has very kindly offered to give the talk NEXT Tuesday 9th November via Zoom again.

Andy will open the Zoom call (details provided on the previous post) tonight just to inform anyone that has not received the message.

Andy has again dutifully put together this month’s newsletter, see link below.

Back to online Zoom meetings – 2nd Nov 2021 onwards

The society committee has taken the decison to move back to online only meetings for the time being. Our next meeting is Nov 2nd 2021 and will be held via the Zoom service. This has been primarily driven by the high covid case levels in the region and the need for extra villigence. Also we saw low attendance for the in person meetings so far, whereas our online meetings were up to 30 members plus, many scattered across different countries.

UPDATE 2021-11-01. Zoom Details for Tuesday’s Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89778910858?pwd=QVNNbW14UkhUNXh2cmthRm9lNHY4QT09
Meeting ID: 897 7891 0858
Passcode: 833830

October 2021 Meeting + Update

Tonight, Tuesday 5th October 2021 will be our second in-person meeting back at the hall in Seend, please see our meetings page for further details.

For our October meeting tonight, we will be joined by Colin Stuart who will giving us a summary of “Time in Einstein’s Universe”.

We successfully held the September meeting at the hall which ran smoothly with the exception of issues with internet connectivity. This prevented us running a simultaneous zoom meeting. Therefore, until we can resolve the internet connection issue, we will unfortunately not be able to run a zoom meeting.

Finally, we are still hopeful that a volunteer can be found to take on the small requirement of organising the teas and coffees (and busicuits of course) at the monthly meeting. If you are not currently volunteering for the society already, this would be a great help.

Return to Person-Meetings for 7th September 2021 and the new Season

The society is delighted to confirm that we will be meeting in person at our first meeting of the new season, on this coming Tuesday 7th September 2021. This is our first meeting since the pandemic began so it will be a big step forward. Hand sanitiser will be available by the door.

Meeting Details:

  • The meeting location is unchanged at Lye Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, see our meetings page for further details, 19:30 for 20:00 speaker start. The speaker this month will be Speaker will be Prof Mike Edmunds, The Clockwork Universe. We will also hold our AGM where, amongst other important business, there is a need for a volunteer to take on the task of organising the teas and coffees (and busicuits of course) at the monthly meeting.
  • For those that will not be attending in person, Andy will attempt a Zoom meeting in order for those to join remotely, although this will be a trial to see how the WiFi network performs, details below:

Zoom details for the meeting:

Subscriptions:

This the new season is starting, the society membership renewal is upon too. The new subscription year runs from 01 Sep 2021 to 31 Aug 2022.

As a reminder, we only implemented our online membership system with membermojo ~7 months ago, but fees collected then were for the existing 2020-2021 season which ran from 01 Sep 2020 to 31 Aug 2021.

Renewal for the new season can all be done via the self-service membermojo portal, available via the URL https://wasnet.org/membership/. You’ll need the email address that you used previously to access your account and follow instructions for “Renew”. If you are not yet a member, new memberships can also be created via the Membermojo portal too. Contact information for any queries is also available here https://wasnet.org/membership/. You can also pay in person on 7th September 2021.

Newsletter

Again, thanks to Andy for putting together this months newsletter, download link below:

2021/2022 Speaker Programme Announced

We have updated our meetings page with the 2021/2022 speaker programme. A decision will be announced shortly regarding whether will we resume the monthly meetings in person in Seend, or remain with online meetings only via Zoom. Please keep checking this website and public facebook page for further updates that will be made ahead of the September meeting.

Thanks again goes to Peter Chappell for volunteering his time in organising the speakers for the society.

June 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

For our final meeting of the season, we continue with our online Zoom meetings and welcome Robert Harvey who will provide an enlightenig talk on “Understanding the Universe”. Robert is an accomplished astrophotograher so will be providing valuable insight for us.

The zoom meeting details are:
Time: Jun 1, 2021 19:45 PM London
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82205514510?pwd=NWhGcENoYkZ3bFpORktONzZTTkNoZz09
Meeting ID: 822 0551 4510
Passcode: 637001

Please checkout our newsletter where Andy has provided an update on next season, starting in September. Enjoy your two month break and hopefully we can meet more sociably next season in some form.

May 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

May the 4th be with you! So tonight, we continue with our online Zoom meetings and welcome long time Wiltshire Astro stallwart Martin Griffiths who will be giving us a talk “Some Lesser Known Asterisms” !

Details for the Zoom meeting are:

Meeting Time: May 4, 2021 07:45 PM
Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89153768752?pwd=Syt4TnBsd1RldzZZY081SExXMWNzdz09
Meeting ID: 891 5376 8752 
Passcode: 419867

As always, Andy Burns has dutifully put together the Newsetter, please download a copy below: