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Sutton-at-Hone Queen's 90th Celebration Fete


On Sunday 12th June 2016, CMHASD attended the Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration Fete organised by the Sutton-at-Hone Parish Council at the Parsonage Lane Pavilion. CMHASD had a super day despite the weather and we had a lot of interest in the Observatory with young and old visitors alike.

The planet game proved a hit and we had interest in the engineering going on with the motorizing of the dome and hatch & a few look forward to seeing the results.

Councillor Jeremy Kite MBE made his first visit to the Observatory and was very pleased with what the Society has achieved & loved the fact we are receiving visits from local schools, beaver & cub groups.

Though the skies were either divulging the wet stuff or just plain battleship grey for most of the time, the sky did eventually clear at about 2:30pm and amazingly the Sun came out!! Sunspot AR2553 put on a good show and was seen by the lucky few who were quick enough to the 3 PST's (Personal Solar Telescopes) that were speedily set up by Rita, Simon and Honor. As the sky cleared a bit more, the Moon also put in appearance and Andy did his best to get the main scope on it but alas the clear skies didn't last long enough :(

Thanks must go to Sutton-at-Hone Parish Councillors; Chris Armstrong, Lucas Reynolds, Mandy Dabb and Clerk Kathryn Gale who were instrumental in organising the day and thank you to member Honor Wheeler for taking the photos below and sharing with us.


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Councillor Jeremy Kite MBE, CMHASD Observatory Manager Andy Barber & CMHASD Chairman Simon Dawes inside the Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory.
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CMHASD member Debra Holton busy with the planet game.
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Mayor of Dartford John Burrell and his wife Eija.
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Parish Councillor Chris Armstrong as he carried out the duties of raffle caller and announcing the winners of the Best Crown competition.
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The wonderful ladies of HASARA, the Hawley & Sutton Active Retirement Association. They provided a splendid spread of cakes of every type and made lovely cups of Tea and Coffee.
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Councillor Patrick Coleman who sponsored the Best Crown competition. He is very supportive of the work we are doing within the community.
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Click here to see the event advert & details.

CMHASD - Queens90thBirthdayCelebrationFete