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The Opening Ceremony


On Thursday 8th January 2015, Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society Dartford officially opened it's new Observatory called the 'Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory' housing the Peter Hindle Telescope. Many people attended the event including Dr. Peter Hindle - who donated the 16" Meade telescope that is housed in the observatory & the Mayor of Dartford - Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE.

CMHASD members would like to say congratulations and thank you to Chairman Simon Dawes for such a successful evening.

Thanks must also go to Andy Barber and Steve Goldson (and others) for last minute touches to the Observatory and for Andy making himself available at the last minute, to show the local Press the Observatory and Telescope early on Thursday.

Also a very big thank you must go to Dave Grist's wife Lorrae for baking such a wonderful Observatory Cake which the Mayor of Dartford, Avtar Sandhu, dutifully cut and which we all shared on the night. Superb cake Thank You

We had a great turn out for the evening and I think Dick would have been proud, here's to many years use of the Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory and the Peter Hindle Telescope.

Below are a selection of photos from that great night taken by members Steve Farley, Honor Wheeler, Gordon Collings, Tony Collins & John Howarth.
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The Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory housing the Peter Hindle Telescope & ribbon.

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Chairman Simon Dawes, The Mayor of Dartford - Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE & Dr. Peter Hindle - who is cutting the ribbon.

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About to be snipped....
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Snipped!
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CMHASD members & guests.
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The CMHASD trustees inside the observatory.

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Member Jim Burchell.
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CMHASD Treasurer & trustee Keith Rickard.
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Chairman Simon Dawes speaking with Dr. Peter Hindle & Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE - The Mayor of Dartford.
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The Mayor of Dartford speaking with CMHASD Secretary & trustee Dr. Mike Rushton.
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The Mayor of Dartford speaking with CMHASD members David Freed, John Sowle & Steve Goldson.
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CMHASD Chairman & trustee Simon Dawes giving his opening ceremony speech.
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Dr. Peter Hindle giving his speech.
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Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE giving his speech.
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The fantastic opening ceremony cake of the Observatory.
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This delicious cake was made by member David Grist's wife Lorrae. Thank you Lorrae.
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Signing the log book.
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Cutting the cake.
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Smile....
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Entering the observatory.
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The Mayor of Dartford & the Peter Hindle Telescope.
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Dr. Peter Hindle explaining to the Mayor the workings of the telescope.
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