Galloway Forest Astronomical Society to fold

The Galloway Forest Astronomical Society is to wind up due to a lack of members and leaders.

The society will call a special meeting in a fortnight on 17 May to discuss distribution of its assets to a similar charity.

Chairman Robin Bellerby said ill health had caused him to look at stepping back.

“This has come about partly due to ill health and with no

other member willing to take on the role, and partly because membership has

fallen - this for a variety of reasons.”

he said the special meeting will look at discussing how the society can benefit another by handing down their telescopes, cameras, computer, library and bank balance, worth around £25,000.

He said: “The only hope of the assets staying in this area may depend on an MSP. A few months ago we were approached to see if we would help establish a tourist-oriented observatory, independent of Forestry, in the south of the

Galloway Forest Park. Our property may yet stay in the area if this is followed through.”