Astronomy Groups: Lincolnshire

Boston Astronomers (BoA): Founded in 1975 as the Boston Astronomical Association, (BoAA) in 1981 the name was changed to Boston Astronomers. It formerly met at the Blackfriars Arts Centre, but in June 2001 the society “had no choice but to suspend the meeting programme”.

Cleethorpes and District Astronomical Society (CleeDAS), founded 1969, with meetings held at the Beacon Hill Observatory, Cleethorpes (Moore, 1974).

East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club (ELAC), founded 2012.  Member hold meetings at  Scamblesby Village Hall, South Street, Scamblesby, Louth (LN11 9XF) and observe from Badger Farm, Asterby Lane, Asterby,Louth (LN11 9UE).

Grimsby Astronomical Society (GAS), society was not listed in the Yearbook of Astronomy in 1985 [Moore, 1984], but had been added to the list by 1990 [Moore, 1989]. It has subsequently appeared in issues of the Yearbook for 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2007. However, the current status of this society is uncertain. It does not appear on the website of the Lincolnshire Astronomy and Space Association nor the Lincolnshire Group of Astronomical Societies.

Hibaldstow Astronomical Society (HAS), founded 2000s (?).  Members meet at the church hall, Hibaldstow.

Lincoln Astronomical Society (LinAS), founded June 1959, the Society meets at a purpose built lecture hall on 23 Westcliff Street, Lincoln. Work began in 1960 on the construction of the lecture hall, workshop and observatory; the lecture hall was officially opened in September 1963. By 1965, the construction of the Pennell-Hammerton observatory was in progress and the Society had 90 members [Moore, 1964]. 

Lincolnshire Astronomy and Space Association (LASA), Founded September 2003, the association is based at Horncastle College and “aims to bring together all the Lincolnshire Astronomical Societies to further interest and cooperation between the groups.”

Lincolnshire Group of Astronomical Societies (LGAS), This group of societies has occasional joint meeting with speakers that none of the societies could afford individually. These usually take place at horncastle residential college. See your local club site for information.

Newton Astronomers (NewtonA), founded early 2001, following a meeting held at the Paragon Cinema in Grantham; the current status of this society is uncertain. From information found in August 2007 on the Lincolnshire Group of Astronomical Societies website (see above), the link for Newton Astronomers went to the most recent website for Newton’s Astronomical Society; this website seemed to have been created in 2005 with the most recent updates implemented on 2007-05-15. It is possible that this group was the predecessor of Newton’s Astronomical Society (see below).

Newton’s Astronomical Society (NewtonAS), founded June 2002, it formerly met at Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton (See Sir Isaac Newton and Woolsthorpe Manor above), but from information found on the website in August 2007, the society had been forced to suspend activity due to low numbers. The link above is for the older of the 2 websites for the Newton’s Astronomical Society, which would appear not to have been updated since August 2004 – appears defunct.

North Lincs Astro (NLAS), founded 2011 at the Far Ings Visitor Centre in the shadow of the Humber Bridge meeting every month on the first Monday.

Orion Astronomical Society (OAS), society listed in the 1975 Yearbook of Astronomy, the contact details gave an address in Louth, but regarding meeting details, it was stated “Details to be announced” [Moore, 1974]. By the time the 1980 Yearbook was published, this Society was no longer listed [Moore, 1979].

South Lincolnshire Astronomical and Geophysical Society (SoLAGS), founded 1976, the Society formerly met at the South Holland Centre in Spalding and, more recently, at the Adult Education Centre in Knight Street, Pinchbeck; the society now meets at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, Pinchbeck. See also Observatories above.

Spalding Astro (SA), founded(?).  Members meet at The Vista, Spalding (PE11 2RA) – appear to be defunct since 2015.