Astro Photography by Mary McIntyre

ESAS elects its management committee at its AGM held on the first Thursday of November each year.  The committee serve for a period of one year and may subsequently stand for re-election.

If you need assistance then please contact one of the committee or its officers at either a Society meeting or through their contact details shown below. 

Honorary President: The late Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS 

Patron of ESAS : Professor Chris Lintott 

 

Management Committee 2019/20

 


Chairman ~ Doug Edworthy
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Society Secretary & 
Albedo Editor

Kay Hunting
 Kay Hunting

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Vice Chairman & 
Outreach Co-ordinator

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 Nigel Martin

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 Outreach Co-ordinator
 

Ashley Newton
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Society Officers  

Committee member


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Public Meetings Secretary
 

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Charlie Kite

 

Treasurer & 
Dark Site co-ordinator

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Dave Williams

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General Members  

 

 Dark Site Coordinator

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Doug Edworthy

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Dark Site Coordinator

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David Williams

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Outreach Co-ordinator

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Nigel Martin

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Albedo Editor

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Kay Hunting

 

  

 

 

East Sussex Astronomical Society maintain a Facebook page with Event information. Please refer to ESAS Facebook

We hope you find all you need to know about ESAS here. In addition to the items shown on the left hand menu the following links will provide you with additional information... 

How to find us

Joining ESAS

Contact ESAS

 

If you cannot find what you need to know, please contact a Society committee member

In this section you will find how our Society came into being and who have been the principal committee officers since its founding.  There is also a list of current committee members and their contact details together with a section of links to all our press releases etc.

As a member of ESAS you have access to our library of over 150 books and a selection of scopes that can be borrowed.  The Society also publishes its own star map and calendar, both of which are available to members and non members at a small cost.

If you want to help ESAS there is information of what you can do to help us and, if you have a little more time, how you can become a committee member and serve the Society by helping to plan its future direction.

Members Section

To access our Members Section you have to be an ESAS Member and have a user id and password.  In our Members section you will be able to:

Access all of our back issues of Albedo (there are some missing from the period 2001 to 2003 and if you have a copy please let the webmaster know)
Get directions to our Dark Site and guidance notes when there
 
Access the raw FITS images taken by our members using large telescopes around the world.  You will be able to process these and compete with the best Hubble images
Some historical videos of our meetings Q&A sessions
 
And much more
 
Honorary President
Sir Patrick Moore CBE, HonFRS, FRAS
 
Patron
Prof. Chris Lintott FRAS
 
Honorary Members
Rosemary Selmes (4th February 2010)
Lester Selmes (4th February 2010)
Andy Lawes (2nd September 2010) 
 
Executive Committee & Trustees
Year Chairman Secretary Treasurer Deputy Chairman
2019/20 Doug Edworthy Kay Hunting Dave Williams Nigel Martin
2018/19 Doug Edworthy Kay Hunting Dave Williams Nigel Martin
2017/18 Doug Edworthy Kay Hunting Dave Williams Vacant
2016/17 Andy Lawes Alieen Francis Charlie & Gloria Kite Albert (Paddy) Hamilton
2015/16 Andy Lawes Aileen Francis   Paul Foster
2014/15 Andy Lawes Aileen Francis Angela Gardner Paul Foster
2013/14 Andy Lawes  Terry Larkin   Vacant Paul Foster 
2012/13 Lester Selmes Andy Lawes Rosemary Selmes Paul Foster
2011/12 David Pulley Simon Allen Andy Lawes Chris Woodcock
2010/11 David Pulley Simon Allen Andy Lawes Chris Woodcock
2009/10 David Pulley Simon Allen Andy Lawes Chris Woodcock
2008/09 David Pulley Simon Allen Andy Lawes Chris Woodcock
2007/08 Lester Selmes Simon Allen Andy Lawes Chris Woodcock
2006/07 Lester Selmes Simon Allen Dave Wright Andy Lawes
2005/06 Andy Lawes Simon Allen Dave Wright Lester Selmes
2004/05 Andy Lawes Simon Allen Dave Wright Chris Woodcock
2003/04 Andy Lawes Simon Allen Dave Wright Marcus Croft
2002/03 Andy Lawes ? ? ?
2001/02 Andy Lawes Marcus Croft Dave Wright Phil Marston
2000/01 Andy Lawes Marcus Croft Sarah Dowsett Doug Hastings

ESAS prides itself in being a members orientated society.  It is a society run by its members for its members and all of our members are welcome to assist in helping our Society in achieving its aims and objectives.  There are many tasks, large and small, where you can help ESAS and the amount of time you give is entirely at your discretion.

 

Outreach and STEM Ambassadors

Our Society has an enviable reputation for providing outreach to schools, clubs, festivals, etc., and amateur astronomers to commercial events such as the Telescope Clinics at the Observatory Science Centre for which we receive a donation to the Society. This money is ploughed back into the society to improve events, e.g. to pay for our meeting’s speakers, better equipment (telescopes/sound/projectors) for use at events, as well as Dark Site maintenance, BBQs, etc.

DRB screening/STEM Ambassador status is required for volunteers at events where children or vulnerable adults are present. We hope that members with telescope/observing experience will consider undertaking the simple STEM application process and then volunteering to help at our outreach events. If you need guidance with the STEM process, please ask – we can help. For info, see www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors

As every one of us that currently volunteers for these events can confirm, outreach events are a two-way process; the visitors learn something from us and we invariably learn something too – whether it’s from our visitors or from each other. And outreach is very enjoyable – hearing a visitor exclaim “Wow!” when they see Saturn through a telescope for the first time is such a great feeling!

To continue meeting our obligations at all these events our Outreach Co-ordinator needs to know about every event in which you are asked to participate so that we can avoid sending too many volunteers or, worst of all, double-booking or failing to provide the expected number of people.

Members are often the first point of contact for people organising events, so when you are approached about outreach or are asked to volunteer for an event please can you let us know about it as soon as you can? Speak to a Committee member at an ESAS monthly meeting, contact one of our Committee members, or email our chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

ESAS Committee

For those members who have a little more time you might consider joining one of the ESAS committees and take the opportunity to help shape the future of our Society.  Our Executive Committee is elected each year by our members at our AGM.  There is also scope to become a co-opted member of the Executive Committee. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Executive Committee you will need to (i) be 18 years of age or over at the time of the election (ii) be a member of ESAS at the time of the election and for the previous twelve months (iii) be not barred from acting as a Director of a company and (iv) download and complete our Nomination Form and return it to the our Secretary, at least four weeks before the next AGM. The Society's governing documents are our constitution and the Charity Commissioners Trustee guidance documents listed below.  Lastest versions of the Trustee documents can be found on the Charity Commissioners website.  The versions below are current at Spring 2018. 

(i) The ESAS Constitution

(ii) The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)

(iii) It is also advisable to read Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25)

If you have any questions about helpng our Society please speak with the Society Secretary, Treasurer or Chairman who can provide you with more information.  Their details can be found here.

Find us

May Meeting:
The Manor Barn,
4 De La Warr Road, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 2JA

Other Meetings:
Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club,
Egerton Road,
Bexhill, East Sussex TN39 3HL

(Meetings: first Thursday of each month [excl. Aug] 8-10:pm)

Charity

ESAS is a registered charity No. 1110848
HMRC Gift Aid No. XT19893

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