Isle of Wight B&B, Sentry Mead, has won an award of appreciation from the British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies.

The Sentry Mead was nominated by guest Peter Mugridge, who visited in August 2010 to take advantage of the West Wight’s glorious dark skies. He was grateful to Sentry Mead for turning off flood lights and conservatory lighting to ensure excellent views of a spectacular meteor shower.

The award was presented to Sentry Mead on Friday 15th October.  Present (from left to right in the photo) were co-ordinator of the Campaign for Dark Skies Bob Mizon, Peter Mugridge, proprietor Sarah Langford and Brian Curd, of the Vectis Astronomical Society. Sentry Mead is proud of the award and has it on display in the guest lounge.

The campaign for dark skies is run by the British Astronomical Society and affiliated with the International Dark-Sky Association.  It is comprised of a network of local officers and members who try to improve lighting in their areas.  The UK now has the highest number of certified dark-sky places than any other country outside the USA.

West Wight does have particularly dark skies which are perfect for star gazing – cloud cover permitting!  And Sentry Mead is perfectly located offering comfortable accommodation in this idyllic corner of the Isle of Wight.

http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/index.php