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Chairman Barbara Hilton talks about the Havering Astronomical Society.

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Havering Astronomical Society

Where: Cranham Community Centre, Marlborough Gardens, Cranham

When: The third Wednesday of every month (except August) at 7.30pm

Chairman: Barbara Hilton

Secretary: Frances Ridgley

Contact: Frances Ridgley on 01708 227397 or visit www.havastro.co.uk

“Twenty-three years ago a few people attended a course on astronomy for beginners. It was run by the Birkbeck University of London in Havering and was intended to last ten weeks.

“Such was the enthusiasm of attendees, inspired by our teacher Konrad Malin-Smith, that the course ran for three years!

“Thereafter we formed our own group and the Havering Astronomical Society (HAS) was born in 1994.

“We meet on the third Wednesday of each month (except August). Our secretary Frances Ridgley ensures we have a full programme of speakers, both visiting regulars such as Dr Stuart Clark, Paul Money and Roger O’Brian as well as our own speakers who take us on a tour of the night sky.

“We have many members who make our evenings so enjoyable and varied.

“We have regular observing evenings at Weald Country Park, Essex, and HAS also has a thriving junior astronomical group where children and parents gather each first Thursday of the month to learn more about astronomy.

“This year HAS is celebrating its 20th anniversary. What a journey, from ten weeks to twenty years - something astronomical!”

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