Astronomical society to be saved

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After many months of trying to persuade members to come forward and fill officer and committee posts, the Galloway Forest Astronomical Society now faces a new lease of life.

Retiring chairman Robin Bellerby had called for people to step up and keep the group going many months ago, but no volunteers came forward and it was announced the society would close.

Now, interest has been registered and Robin is thrilled.

He said: “This is really great news. With the facilities we enjoy it would have been a great pity to fold and give away our hard-won assets.”

The shape of the Society and activities for the coming year will be decided at the AGM, to be held in the Belted Galloway Café, located in the main carpark, Newton Stewart, 10am this Saturday (November 2), with all welcome and a donation of £2 will be requested in exchange for a tea or coffee.

Robin added: “After the fairly brief formal business, the new committee will be asking for those with an interest in astronomy to speak out so that they know what to provide. Activities might include, classes for beginners, practical sessions with telescopes, guest speakers.”

Fo further details, call 01671 404387.