Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society
Objectives and Activities
- Parent Category: Annual Reports
The object of the Society is the advancement of education for the public benefit in astronomy and its associated sciences.
Public Benefit Statement
The trustees of Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society confirm that they have complied with their duty under section 4(6) of the Charities Act 2006 to have regard to the Charity Commission's guidance on public benefit and that the public benefit requirement has informed the activities of the Society in the year to March 31st 2010.
In evaluating public benefit the trustees note that Membership of the society is open to all who share an interest in astronomy and its associated sciences. Whilst we would encourage those with interest to join we also strive to make our services and facilities available to non-members and ensure that restrictions placed on that availability are both necessary and reasonable. Our meeting programme for example is open to all whilst public access to the observatory or solar telescope is only available when supervised by the society; this is to protect both our assets and public safety. A society member, once suitably trained, could choose to use the observatory at any time.
Summary of Main Activities
The core activities of the Society are the provision of a Our Programme of meetings covering a wide range of astronomical topics, the provision of access to an astronomical observatory through our Community Access Programme, offering observing opportunities and information and advice through an Outreach programme, and offering support and advice to members of the public on astronomical matters, for example the purchase of a telescope or responding to enquiries relating to observations.
Our philosophy is to offer access to all regardless of personal circumstances, race, gender, ability, or faith. The Society operates mainly in South Yorkshire however visitors from further afield are always welcome. The Our Programme of weekly meetings is open to all, although disabled access to our meeting room is sadly limited.
Our Community Access Programme opens the J.A.Jones Hoober Observatory to give supervised access to the general public and to organised groups such as schools, Scouts, and Round Table. With our Outreach activities we take solar telescopes out to fetes and galas or to public spaces such as country parks. Fees are charged for these services but these are kept at a low level, concession rates do not apply as the full fee is small and the administrative overheads of concession rates would be disproportionate.