Praise for astro group for fourth year on trot

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STARGAZERS at a Dearne astronomical group have been widely praised at a national awards ceremony for the fourth year in a row.

Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society (MSAS) finished runner-up in a competition which recognizes best practice in the online publication of charities’ annual reports and accounts.

Judges spoke highly of the group as the results were announced at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) annual Charity Awards evening.

The group is no stranger to success at the ceremony, having taken third place in 2008, first place in 2009, and joint first in last year’s competition.

MSAS’s Annual Report and Statement of Accounts to March 31st 2010 was selected as runner-up in the category of Charities with an Income Below £250K.

They were rewarded with prize money of £1,500.

Society Chairman Les Marsden said: “To be in the top nationally for the fourth year in succession is a fantastic achievement and one we are really proud of.

“Obviously we’d have liked another top spot but being runner-up will only encourage us to try even harder next year.”

Graham Ward CBE, Chairman of the Judges, said: “In an uncertain economic time when many charities are being squeezed, and a time of growing public accountability, these awards are more important than ever.

“How charities present themselves is critical in terms of people’s willingness to provide time and resources.

“The Annual Reports are there to encapsulate not just that the charity is being run well but that it has a clear vision and mission.”