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Meetings held at:

Fairway Tavern

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

What happens at our meetings?

Doors open at 7:00 for the pre meeting show of astro photographs taken by group members followed by main meeting arrival from 7:30 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.

Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes.  This is followed by questions relating to the talk.

Announcements about forthcoming events follow.

You can then choose from the following activities:

  1. If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation.  Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others.
  2. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in.  Others in our club will be more than willing to help you .  Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more.
  3. Just socialise with others - about anything!

We look forward to seeing you.  No need to book - just turn up.

May 10 8:00pm

Galaxy Quest

Dr Sarah Hutton

Sarah works for the Physics & Astronomy Department at University College London, developing and delivering outreach activities for local schools, supporting the Ogden partnerships in the region and supporting academics in their outreach efforts. She is also developing new outreach activities based at the University of London Observatory (ULO), which is situated in Mill Hill in North London. She has a focus on encouraging more girls to study physics and on sharing physics with anybody willing to listen.

During her PhD in Astrophysics at Durham University she found a real passion for sharing and communicating science with local primary and secondary schools, designing fun and engaging activities as well as offering careers sessions for interested students.

Sarah is also a fully qualified teacher having completed her PGCE on the INSPIRE course at Imperial College London and teaching at an all girls school in St Albans. During this time, she joined her school to the local Ogden Trust partnership and encouraged many girls who had previously not considered it to take physics to A-level and beyond.

2016-17 Programme

14 September 2016  

Roger O'Brien  

Gravity Waves


12 October 2016  

Stephen Lewis

The perils of Landing on Mars


9 November 2016  

Mike Edmunds

“Sir Isaac Remembers ...”  

14 December 2016  

Paul Money

Images of the Universe Part 1


11 January 2017  

Dave Eagle  

Piazzi Smyth and his High Altitude Tenerife Observatory  

8 February 2017  

Cathie Clarke

Proto-Planetary Disks and Planet Formation


8 March 2017  

Marc Sarzi

Integral-Field Spectroscopy

*Please note change to previously published programme


12 April 2017  

Jerry Stone  

The Next 50 years in Space  


10 May 2017  

Sarah Hutton

Galaxy Quest



14 June 2017  

Robin Scagell  


Free Weather Widget
YoWindow.com yr.no

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


 31 May 2017


 Comets Asteroids and Impacts:

Should we worry?


Robin Catchpole


Lindop Building

College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 7.00pm

Free to attend but as a courtesy please email Diane to let her know of your intention to attend.

Draft Minutes of 2016 AGM More Details

Membership details:

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Members are invited to attend the 9th Annual General Meeting of the Hertford Astronomy Group. To be held at The Fairway Suite, Panshanger Golf Complex, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts., AL7 7ED on Wednesday 10th May 2017, commencing at 9.15p.m.

Alan Willison. Chairman

Hertford Astronomy Group.

Election of Officers and Members of the Management Committee

Constitutionally all positions as Officers or Members to the Management Committee are open for election/re-election at each AGM.

To date nominations have been received for the positions noted below:

Chairman - Alan Willison

Secretary - Simon Poley

Programme Secretary / Outreach - Jerry Stone

Treasurer - Anne Godwin

Membership Secretary - Vacancy (but our current secretary is happy to work alongside his replacement to assist a smooth changeover)

Publicity / AdvertisingOfficer - Anthony Challoner

HAGAS Secretary - Martin Weston

Equipment Officer - Steve Heliczer

General Member - Leon Gevertz

General Member - Danny Emmett

General Member - Denis O'Shea


If members wish to submit further nominations and/or to stand for the Committee as a general Member, please print and complete the nomination form below and return it to me by hand or post it to me:

Alan Willison


Hertford Astronomy Group

40 Reddings

Welwyn Garden City



By no later than Wednesday 26th April 2017.

Hertford Astronomy Group

Nomination for Election to the Management Committee 2017-2018


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