Dalby StarFest 2020 Cancelled

After assessing the logistics, likely low attendance levels and of course potential safety issues in running StarFest this year, the S&RAS Committee has made the decision to cancel StarFest 2020 at Dalby.

With all the current external factors, we can’t see any feasible way to run a safe, fun event to the standard we want, as well as the potential for a second wave of COVID-19 which could trigger a second lock-down and automatic cancellation of the event anyway.
Social distancing would make marquee events impossible (You know how crowded they are normally) and even the staples of wandering around the site and chatting/using other’s equipment would turn into a military operation of cleaning eyepieces and distance checking. (I also for one don’t fancy disinfecting/wiping down a porta-loo after use!)

I know this will be a disappointment to everyone, especially as it may have been a break from lock-down or a sign of a partial return to normality but safety will always come first.Anyone who has already paid will be refunded via cheque (our Charity account does not allow outgoing BACS) and I will contact everyone who has paid individually to confirm the postal address.

We have discussed and decided not to hold funds for next year’s event, as some have offered already instead of refunds.

Hopefully, the pandemic situation will be more under control soon and you will all receive your StarFest 2021 “registrations open” emails in January and we can hold an event next year as normal.

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Update: ALL Ayton Meetings Cancelled until September

Update: The Ayton Village Hall will not be re-opening until September at the very earliest so all meetings until then are cancelled.

Details regarding postponing the July AGM will be emailed to members

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March & April Ayton meetings Cancelled

March & April Ayton meetings Cancelled

Following a committee discussion over the weekend, from hearing from other astronomical societies and the latest advice from the government, we have decided to cancel the March and April meetings at Ayton to minimise any risk of illness.

I was expecting a lower than normal attendance if we did go ahead with the current advice on social distancing and as both March and April’s speakers were travelling to speak to us, it also didn’t seem fair to have them potentially presenting to an empty room.

We will reschedule Jurgen Schmoll and Neil Haggath’s talks into the next season’s calendar.

If further cancellations of May and beyond meetings are required we will post here closer to the time, currently StarFest is not set to be cancelled.

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6th March 2020 – Public Observing Night at Dalby Forest

Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – March 2020






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7th February 2020 – Public Observing Night at Dalby Forest

Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – February 2020






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