More Success at Trysull

16th January 2024 By Richard Our observing/social event on Tuesday January 16th was the first time we’d used Trysull Village Hall since winter 2021. The event was a resounding success, and … Read more

Obituary: Frank Barretto.

26th of April 1925 to 22nd of September 2022.

An image of Frank Barretto
Frank Barretto

Frank was born in Nagara, Nairobi, Kenya in 1925 to parents Theodoro Augusto and Cecilia Carmelina Pegado Barretto. He was the oldest sibling to Ida, Judith and Willie.

At the age of 12 he moved to Goa, a Portuguese colony in India where he was brought up by his grandmother. During this time he contracted meningitis and it was his grandmother who nursed him back to health. At the age of 18 and looking for work he made the trip to Calcutta.

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Tribute to: Frank Barretto

26th of April 1925 to 22nd of September 2022.

A Tribute and Remembrance by Phil Barnard.

Frank Barretto with Sir Patrick Moore
Frank Barretto with Sir Patrick Moore

We were saddened to learn the news, which came somewhat belatedly, that Frank Barretto, who was a well-remembered Life member of Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, had passed away on 22 September 2022.

I had spoken to Frank on the telephone in October 2020, because at the time the Society didn’t have an email contact address for him. He was 95 years of age, but even then he said he would love to give us another talk – providing he had time to complete the necessary research!

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Wolvas visit to The Herschel Museum, Bath – 19th Nov 2022

by Cath Adams

On 19 November 2022 19 members of the society visited the Herschel Museum in Bath.

The weather was sunny and travelling separately we had arranged to meet at the museum at 2pm, which was closed to the public at that time for us, so that we could have a private tour conducted by two members of staff, Charlotte and Les.  Also on hand was Simon Holbeche of Bath Astronomers who knew the museum very well and not only shared information and stories about William Herschel and his telescopes, but answered all our questions.  We had a good old look round and were permitted to take photographs but not touch the exhibits.

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