On Thursday the  8th of January 2015, the Society officially opened it’s new Observatory called the ‘Dick Chambers Sutton at Hone Observatory‘  housing the Peter Hindle telescope several people attended the event including Dr Hindle, who donated the telescope, a 16″ Meade that is housed in the observatory, also present was the Mayor of Dartford Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE.

This image shows the Mayor of Dartford Cllr.Avtar Sandhu MBE & our Chairman Simon Dawes with Dr Peter Hindle cutting the Ribbon 

Dr Peter Hindle on the left & the Mayor on the right giving their respective speeches prior to the start of the evenings event, our Chairman Mr Simon Dawes gave his response thanking Dr Hindle & the Mayor among others for and on behalf of the society

The membership would like to return the complement and thank Simon for a very successful & enjoyable evening.Thanks must also go to Andy Barber & Steve Goldson among others for those last minute touches to the observatory. We would also like to thank Andy for making himself available at short notice to show the local press both the Observatory & Telescope prior to the official opening.

Events such as this do not organise themselves so a BIG ‘thank you’ to all concerned for making this such a successful evening


The image on the right shows Dr Peter hindle and the the Mayor discussing the telescope

The image on the left shows Members David Freed, John Sowle & Steve Goldson chatting with  the Mayor during the evenings festivities



These images show the Mayor signing the Observatory log book, and after signing entering the Observatory


Photos credited to members, Honor Wheeler, Gordon Collings, Steve Farley, John Howarth, Tony Collins

The Mayor and our Chairman making the initial cuts of the ‘ Observatory Cake’ after cutting the cake was enjoyed by all

The Society would like to say ” Thank You ” to Lorrae Grist for the Observatory Cake a most excellent creation