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About 40 members attend the meetings which usually includes a talk, often by a guest speaker, and there is plenty of time for discussion, to view any displays and have a cup of tea or coffee.
Additionally there are occasional, informal mid-monthly meetings on topics such as micromount study evenings, gem identification, exploring minerals as chemicals.
Palaeontology and the collection of fossils are also covered.
Two particular strengths of the Society are the number and variety of its UK field trips and its visits overseas.
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Meetings are normally held on the first Friday of the month in the Methodist Church in Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN from 7.30 - 10.30 p.m.
There is a car park at the rear of the church, and the meeting room can be entered via a side door.
The current officers of the Society are:
Chairman & Secretary: Colin Brough
Membership Secretary:Trevor Devon
Treasurer: Catherine Foley
Members' backgrounds, experience, knowledge and interest in the various aspects of the Society vary considerably, but the common denominator is their enthusiasm
Some members attend the monthly meetings, join the occasional one-day field trip (e.g. to Isle of Sheppey or Climping beach) and receive their bi-monthly journal
Some have a particular interest in the cutting, polishing or facetting of semi-precious stones or collecting fossils
Some enjoy the longer field trips e.g. to Cornwall, Weardale or the Isle of Skye or visits overseas and are keen to enter specimens in the annual competition
About 5 to 6 members are equipped to explore underground in old metal mines