WADHURST ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

NEWSLETTER ISSUE 7 2003

INDEX: MEETINGS, OTHER NEWS, CONTACTS

MEETINGS

LAST MEETING

Report of July meeting of the Wadhurst A.S

An interesting talk was given by Konrad Malin-Smith on " Experiments in Relativity".

The talk was well illustrated by slides and Konrad only used very simple equations to expound the theory of the experiments.

Your reporter finds it difficult to sum up the subject matter in a few words. It is recommended that any member who was not present, and is interested in the subjec, borrows a copy of a paper written by Konrad which many members purchased. I have a copy if anyone would like to photocopy it.

It is quite amazing how Konrad was able to present what most people would consider a very difficult subject in such a straightforward manner. The paper is highly recommended

Bob Wharton

EDITOR'S NOTE

The editor would like to express his apologies to those members who were expecting a different subject and speaker at the last meeting. This was due to a slight problem of communication.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the society will be on Wednesday September 17 2003. As usual, the doors open at 7.15 and the meeting starts at 7.30 prompt.

The editors records indicate that the speaker is Neil Bone on the subject of Atmospheric Phenomena, although please note that the editor has been wrong on previous occasions! Why not just come along anyway and see if he's right!

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OTHER NEWS

BARBECUE

The annual WAS Barbecue is to be held on Saturday August 30. The venue is Greenman Farm, Wadhurst, as per usual and the event will start at around 7 pm. Please bring your own food (to cook!) and drink, all cooking facilities will be provided as usual.

All members and their families are most welcome to come to the event and if you wish to bring your telescope even better! Please direct any queries to Michael Harte on 01892 783292. Thanks once again to Michael and his wife for acting as our hosts for the evening.

For those members who are new to the society Greenman Farm is on the B2099 Wadhurst to Frant road. From Wadhurst come past the railway station, under the railway bridge, and Greenman Farm is on the left. There is a map with the area indicated available here.

WEB SITE

Ian King's website has some images from his recent trip to La Palma. Well worth a look by all members:

TREASURER'S REPORT

I would not even think of covering what Konrad Malin Smith had to say on the subject of Relativity. We were fortunate to have had another of his excellent talks, albeit with a smaller audience than usual. I was chatting with him before the meeting as we waited for the refreshments to arrive - they didn't! Just in case he might be wondering why numbers were down on our normal substantial gathering for him, I mentioned that some members may have been expecting a talk on camcorders! He wove this jokingly into the talk as he did the fact that there was only water to drink instead of the usual tea and biscuits. It was again one of the better talks and presented skilfully.

One more sub was renewed in the last month, just in time to avoid not getting the newsletter. The membership therefore stands at 50 plus 2 students.

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CONTACTS

Chairman: Murray R. Barber 01892 654618 murray.barber@virgin.net

Secretary: Ian King 01892 836288

Treasurer: Ian Reeves 01892 784255

Editor: Peter Bamblett 01732 368656 pbamblett@hotmail.com

Publicity & Web Site: Michael Harte 01892 783292 michael@greenman.demon.co.uk

Dir. of Obs.: Sean Tampsett 01892 667092 sean_tampsett@hotmail.com

Librarian: Joan Grace 01892 783721

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