Towns fund consultation

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Ashfield Council have started a consultation for how the Towns Fund should be spent and our Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium proposal is included in the options, which is a great step forward for us.

We have asked for a contribution from the Towns Fund to our construction costs and this may allow us to leverage an even larger contribution from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Our chances of being included in the final Towns Fund business plan will be greatly enhanced if we can get a large number of positive responses to the consultation. People who complete the consultation will also be entered into a £100 prize draw.

We would be grateful if you could circulate this message and link and encourage people to complete the consultation and add support to our proposal.

The consultation only runs until the 30th May, so if you can add your support we would be most grateful.

To get to the survey, go to and click on the 'Take the Sutton survey' link.

May Newsletter

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The May edition of our society monthly newsletter, Event Horizon, has now been completed. You may access it here:

 Newsletter 157.

Our members can also access all previous editions by logging into the Members area of the website and going to the Archives section.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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In the March edition of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, our Planetarium Planning Manager, Dr Steve Wallace, has written an article about the current state of our plans to build a Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium. You can read a copy of the article here:

 Field of View: Our Planetarium Plans

If you would like further information about this exciting project, or would like to offer assistance, please contact Steve at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to contribute to our current fundraising drive for the project, please visit:,


URGENT NOTICE Closure of Observatory

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Following this afternoon's Government announcement regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic advising everyone to avoid unnecessary social contact, Sherwood Observatory will be closed until further notice.

All members meetings, group visits and our astronomy course are cancelled. The relevant coordinators will be contacting course attendees and groups yet to visit to offer refunds or to rearrange for a future date. The committee are investigating the possibility of organising member presentations via the internet and will be in touch with members via email in due course.

We trust that all our visitors and members will understand the need for such action and wish you all the best in these trying times. Be safe and be well.


Planetarium Project

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We’re raising money to build a Planetarium on the land next to our Observatory so that we can expand and enhance our astronomy education outreach activities.

If you do any shopping online and would like to help us raise some funds, at no cost to yourself, please register to support us at Easyfundraising. For information about how Easyfundraising works, watch this Youtube video:

If you want to get involved, follow this link:, create an account and choose “Sherwood Observatory Planetarium” as the Cause to support, and we’ll get an extra £1 donated to the fund when you make your first Easyfundraising purchase.

Also, if you're searching the internet, why not use Easysearch instead of your usual search engine and every result clicked will earn half a penny for our fund. It might not sound like much, but think of how many times you search the internet each day...all those halfpennies soon mount up. This is the Easysearch link: