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Formation of
Coleshill Astronomy Society

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Constitution:

1.0 NAME

1.1 The name of the society shall be 'Coleshill Astronomy Society', hereafter referred to as 'the Society' or 'CAS'.

2.0 OBJECT

2.1 The object of the Society shall be to promote interest in Astronomy by presenting talks, lectures, and observing programmes for society members, and to engage with members of the public by organising outreach events.

3.0 MEMBERSHIP

3.1 Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons interested in Astronomy. The Council shall have the discretion to withhold Membership. Life Membership shall be awarded at the discretion of the Council.

3.2 The Council may also award Honorary Membership to individuals who make a significant contribution to the Society. Honorary Membership will last for a period of one year and is subject to annual renewal.

4.0 SUBSCRIPTION

4.1 The amounts of Annual Subscription shall be fixed by the Council, who will notify the Membership accordingly at the Annual General Meeting.

4.2 Subscriptions shall be payable to the Treasurer at the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society following the Annual General Meeting. No one shall be entitled to the privileges of membership of the Society until their current annual subscription has been paid. Subscriptions shall be waived for those holding Life or Honorary Membership.

5.0 COUNCIL

5.1 The Council shall be responsible for the business and activities of the Society (CIO Foundation Model) and shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer. In addition, a Members Committee, to assist the Council, shall consist of not more than three Ordinary Members. All Members of Council shall serve until their position becomes vacant for any reason. The Council shall have the power to co-opt another Member to fill that position until the next Annual General Meeting. The Council shall appoint from among the Ordinary Members duly elected to the Members Committee up to three persons to be specifically responsible for Membership, Meetings, and Publicity. The Council shall have the discretion to delegate other responsibilities as the need arises. The Council shall also have discretion to invite persons of distinction to serve as 'Executive Advisors to Council'.

5.2 Any Ordinary Member that has occupied a position on the Members Committee for one consecutive year shall be eligible for re-election for a further year subject to a vote by the membership at the AGM.

5.3 At the Ordinary Meeting of the Society immediately preceding the Annual General Meeting, the Council shall submit a list of three Members recommended by them to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the Committee for the ensuing year. Any Ordinary Member of the Society shall be entitled to put forward additional names of Members, either at the Ordinary Meeting preceding the Annual General Meeting or in writing to the Secretary not less than ten clear days before the Annual General Meeting, such nominations requiring to be duly seconded.

5.4 Should the President be absent, the Vice President shall chair Council Meetings. Otherwise, the Council Meeting shall elect a Chairperson at that time. The Chairperson shall have a casting vote.

5.5 In the event that more than the required number of Members are nominated for any position, a ballot shall be taken of the Members present at the Annual General Meeting. The vote shall be verified by two tellers appointed by the Chairperson.

6.0 Meetings

6.1 The Council shall be responsible for arranging all Meetings of the Society, which shall generally take the form of a lecture by an invited speaker. Advance notice of each Meeting and itemised programme shall be given in the Event Section of The Society website. Not less than 4 (Four) working days‘ notice shall be given for Annual or Extraordinary General Meetings. The Ordinary Meetings of the Society shall generally be held monthly from September to May. The Council shall have the discretion to arrange further Meetings at other times. All Meetings shall require the attendance of Council Members. Any Council Member not able to attend will be expected to submit an appropriate apology by email prior to the event.

6.2 The Annual General Meeting shall be held in May, for the presentation of reports, the election of three Ordinary Members to the Committee and any other competent business.

6.3 An Extraordinary General Meeting must be called by the Council if the Secretary receives a written request, signed by a minimum of seven Ordinary Members, and stating the purpose for which the meeting is required. Such a Meeting may also be called at any time by a full collective action of Council.

6.4 Should the President be absent, the Vice President shall chair all Ordinary, Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings. Otherwise, the Meeting shall elect a Chairperson. The Chairperson shall have a casting deliberative vote.

6.5 The Annual General Meeting and an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society are open only to Members of the Society who hold a current subscription or Life or Honorary Membership.

7.0 Accounts

7.1 An independent Examiner shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting and shall examine the accounts for the ensuing financial year which shall end on the last day of March. The examined Financial Statement and Balance Sheet shall be distributed to the Membership via The Society website a minimum of seven days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

7.2 If decided at an AGM or EGM, the Society is to be wound up or dissolved, the winding-up or dissolution process will require any surplus assets available to the Society immediately preceding the notification to be used by Coleshill Town Council for purposes which are the same as - or which closely resemble - the purposes of the Society as set out in this constitution.

8.0 BAA AFFILIATION

8.1 The Society shall be affiliated to the British Astronomical Association.

9.0 CHARITABLE STATUS

9.1 The Society will register with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Foundation Model.

 

Board of Trustees (CIO) Foundation Model:

Name:       
David Evans
Mobile:      
07541 670 689
Duties:      
President / Chairperson / Fundraising

Name:       
To be announced

Mobile:      
To be announced

Duties:      
Vice President / Operations Director

Name:       
To be announced

Mobile:      
To be announced

Duties:      
Secretary

Name:       
To be announced

Mobile:      
To be announced

Duties:
Treasurer

Email:
www.coleshillastronomy.co.uk@gmail.com

Website:
www.coleshillastronomy.co.uk

Bank Account:
To be arranged

 

Members Committee (Elected at AGM)

Providing Support & Assistance to Council

Name:       
To be announced

Mobile:      
To be announced

Duties:      
Membership

Name:       
To be announced

Mobile:      
To be announced

Duties:      
Meetings

Name:       
To be announced

Mobile:      
To be announced

Duties:
Publicity

 

Advisory Committee:

Name:       
Helen Whittaker

Mobile:      
On file
Current Employment:

Community & Partnerships Manager, Coleshill Town Council.
Area of guidance:
Funds, Grants, Local Rules & Regulations, Contacts.

Name:
To be announced

Mobile:
To be announced

Current Employment:
To be announced

Area of guidance:
Education & Outreach, Resources for Schools & Students, Career Guidance.

 

Charity Framework:

The Society will register with the Charity Commission.

Name: Coleshill Astronomy Society

Activities:
a) Public outreach in the area.
b) Astronomical viewing for the public.
c) Educational resources for schools.
d) Public meetings.
e) Informative talks provided by local amateur astronomers.
f) Advice and guidance on all aspects of astronomy.

Where: Coleshill, North Warwickshire.

Organisation type: Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Foundation Model.

Charitable objects:
a) To promote interest in the science of astronomy and all related branches of scientific research.
b) To encourage the public to participate in observational astronomy.
c) To provide resources for school students, in particular students studying GCSE Astronomy.
d) To provide Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Girl Guides with the necessary equipment, resources and facilities to attain the Astronomer Activity Badge.
e) To inspire sponsorship from the business community, that would lead to the funding, construction and development of a public astronomical observatory in Coleshill.

Classification -

What:
• Education / Training
• Arts / Culture / Heritage / Science

Who:
• The general public / Mankind

How:
• Provides Equipment / Facilities / Open Space
• Provides Advocacy / Advice / Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrophotography:
Vixen/Coronado Solarscope


B7.4 flares captured in active sunspot region 1271

 


C2.0 Solar Flare in Active Sunspot Region 1263

 


Sunspot Region 1236

 


Bright Prominences, with the size of our planet Earth shown to scale

 


Bright Prominences, with the size of our planet Earth shown to scale

 


Large Arch Prominence. Our planet Earth shown to scale

 


Time-stamped sequence of an eruptive prominence

 


Sunspots and Filaments

 

   

Astrophotography:
Celestron 11" Edge HD


Andromeda Galaxy


Craters Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel


Crater Plato and the Alpine Valley


Hadley Rille and Apollo 15 Landing Site (red dot)


Crater Clavius


Crater Copernicus


Planet Mars


Globular Star Cluster M13

 

 

 

 

  
 


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