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Saturday, 20 June 2009

[BAA 00416] Summer Solstice Celebration Event at Pendrell Hall...

Don't forget the Summer Solstice occurs this weekend on Sunday morning at 05.46 U.T that's 06.46 BST-no Moon in the way so it should be a reasonably quiet and peaceful weekend-hopefully....

BAA electronic bulletin No. 00416

Summer Solstice Celebration Event at Pendrell Hall Observatories

Members in the area may be interested in the following event which
takes place at the Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley on
Sunday 21st June 2009 from 10.00 to 17.00 as part of the IYA2009

There will be displays and demonstrations, etc. in the conference suit
from 11.15 culminating with a talk on "Interesting Solstice alignments
in the North Midlands" by Kevin Kilburn of the Godlee Observatory,
Manchester at 14.45.

In addition, members will have the opportunity to observe with BAA
instrument No. 150, a Calver 7" f/11 reflector at the Wrottersley
Observatory (see JBAA 119,1.2009). It will also be possible to use a
restored Cooke refractor and other instruments with a wide range of

As an added bonus, it will be a "Steam day" at the museum with a
chance to see a number of engines in action including the 1712
Newcommen Beam engine.

Normal museum admission prices will apply.

Roger Pickard, President (

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Summer Solstice at Stonehenge:

This a free, one night only event to celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge, near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

There are a number of conditions, detailed in a leaflet given on arrival, that attendees are expected to conform to, to protect both the access for the solstice, as well as the stones themselves. Please read and respect these conditions.

There is less than 1 day until Stonehenge 2009:
English Heritage are again expected to provide "Managed Open Access" to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. Please help to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions (see below).

The car park (on the Western side, enter off the A303 from the roundabout - it's signposted) will open at around 7pm on Saturday 20th June, and close at around noon on Sunday 21st June. Note that last admission to the car park for vehicles is at around 6am.

Access to the stones themselves is expected to be from around 8.30pm on Saturday 20th June until 8am on Sunday 21st June.

There's likely to be casual entertainment from samba bands & drummers but no amplified music is allowed.

Van loads of police have been present in the area in case of any trouble, but generally a jovial mood prevails. Few arrests have been made in previous years, mostly in relation to minor drug offences.

Toilets and drinking water are available and welfare is provided by festival welfare services. There are normally one or two food and drink vans with reasonable prices but huge queues, all well away from the stones themselves.

Sunrise is at around 4:45am.

Rules include no camping, no dogs, no fires or fireworks, no glass bottles, no large bags or rucksacks, and no climbing onto the stones. Please respect the rules so that we're all able to enjoy the solstice morning at Stonehenge for years to come.
More information will be here when available.

Good Weekend all....

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