Burgess Hill

Newsletter - ThirdThursday

FEBRUARY 2020 - NUMBER 38 - Editor Peter Mitchell

MARCH MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 2 March will see a presentation "BRUGES - it's more than just chocolate" with Melanie Gibson-Barton. The venue is Cyprus Hall, doors open 9.30 am. Prior to Melanie's presentation we will have our 2020 Annual General Meeting which begins at 10.00 am.

CARD MAKING GROUP
Please note that there is a change of date for the March meeting - it is now on 26 March and NOT on the 19 March.
The Card Making Group has vacancies if anyone want to have a go at making greeting cards. They are a sociable group and use various techniques to create cards for all occasions. Contact Ann Gosling, 01444 236124 for further retails.

BRAND NEW GROUP - LADIES BREAKFAST CLUB
The LBC will meet monthly on the first Tuesday in the month starting on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30 am.They will be meeting at local Garden Centres etc.
If you are interested please contact the Leader, Marian Toppin, 01444 244335, mel.toppin@sky.com or the Convenor, Jill Fulton, 01444 233704, jillfulton@talktalk.net.

ARE YOU A NEW BURGESS HILL U3A MEMBER?
If you would like to learn more about what our U3A has to offer you and meet up with other new members, please get in touch with Liz Bellamy, our New Members' Liaison Member, towards the end of February. Contact Liz on 01273 846227 or 07842 424733.

OUTINGS and HOLIDAYS
Burgess Hill U3A Coach Outing to the Kent Garden Show
Saturday 23 May 2020, cost £21 inclusive of coach travel and show entry
This show features over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. There are also floral marquees with their stunning flower displays including medal winners from Chelsea. The garden exhibitors have all manner of gardening goods for sale and include over sixty nurseries. There is a craft pavilion, food hall and live musical entertainment.
If you are interested please contact Margaret Carroll, 01444 244259, margaretcarroll@talktalk.net
Possible four-day break to Norfolk for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Just Go Holidays have several trips in November and December, starting price £269, single supplement £75. Just Go have been contacted to ask if they would be prepared to reserve places for us but their policy is immediate payment.
The Travel Group would like to know if there is sufficient interest: if so we would further explore a suitable tour (one with several vacancies), circulate the information and then it would be necessary to book independently. Further useful information can be found on www.justgoholidays.com.
If interested please contact asap Margaret Watson, 01444 241778, margaret.watson@outlook.com or Margaret Carroll, 01444 244259, margaretcarroll@talktalk.net.

ARE YOU CHANGING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS?
When you change your email address please send an email to the Membership Secretary, Colin Payne, bh3memsec@gmail.com. Otherwise you will not receive our monthly newsletter, ThirdThursday or any other important information we send by email.
Please would all Group Leaders pass this message to their members in case of any of them changed their email address and are no longer receiving ThirdThursday.

GMAIL ADDRESSES
Those of you who have a gmail address may not be receiving emails from Burgess Hill U3A as gmail does not like bulk email postings. If you would like to contact Peter Mitchell then he will arrange for your ThirdThursday to be send as an individual email.

U3A NATIONAL OFFICE UPDATE
As you may know the National Offices have been flooded and had to make a temporary move. The NO has now settled in to its temporary accommodation and they expect to be there for the next couple of months. The phone system is now up and operational and other functions are now becoming available. The staff have worked extremely hard to get everything back and running as quickly as possible. It has been a disruptive time and the NO would like to say thank you for your patience and messages of support.

WINDOWS 7 Operating System
If you have an older computer you may have Windows 7 as the operating system. Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 on 14 January 2020, which means your computer will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates. If you do not know about computers and are unsure about what to do, talk to friends and family for advice and information, or ask a fellow U3A member for help.

BURGESS HILL REPAIR CAFE
Now open! The Repair Cafe, recently launched by Cllr Anne Miles-Eves, holds sessions in the Salvation Army Hall (next to the Orion Cinema) and the next few repair sessions will be held on 4 March, 18 April, 9 May and 13 June, Saturdays, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. The very first session saw sixty people bring in broken items for repair - toaster, hoover, kitchen drawer, statues and many other assorted items; all repaired in return for a donation. Drop in to their next session, 4 March, and have a coffee and a piece of cake and see what they can repair for you. Why buy new when it can be repaired!

Please pass a copy of ThirdThursday to those who you know do not have email.
Copy date for the March 2020 edition of ThirdThursday is Monday 16 March 2020.
Contributions to Peter Mitchell at mitchell@platform11.org.uk or by post to 11 Wingle Tye Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9HR, tel 01444 236848.

AND FINALLY -
We hope to welcome you all to our AGM - Monday 2 March 2020, 9.30

JANUARY 2020 - NUMBER 37 - Editor Peter Mitchell

FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING
The first for 2020. Monday 3 February will see a presentation all about Sussex Windmills given by Peter Hill. The venue is Cyprus Hall, doors open 9.45 am.
According to Wikipedia there are not quite 400 windmill sites in Sussex, more in East Sussex than West Sussex. The vast majority are only sites, the buildings are long gone. Looking at the Sussex Mills Group website there are a dozen or so windmills that can be visited in Sussex.

PETANQUE COURT
Burgess Hill's very own Petanque Court? Spring 2020 will see a brand new PC at Marle Place off Leylands Road. Watch this space for more information.

WEBMASTER URGENTLY NEEDED
Burgess Hill U3A is seeking someone who has the computer skills and interest to maintain our website. Please contact Peter Mitchell on 01444 236848 or email mitchell@platform11.org.uk.

Group Leaders
If your group has a waiting list of six or more people could you please let Rosie Elkins know. A new group could then be formed, always assuming that a leader can be found! This will prevent people having to wait for ages to join a group which might mean they may leave the U3A.This was a subject that came up at the recent Information Morning. Rosie can be contacted on 01444 245283 or email rosieelkins@hotmail.com.

2020 OUTINGS
The Hovercraft Experience to the Isle of Wight, Wednesday 24 June, is now full. To be placed on a waiting list please contact Margaret Watson on 01444 241778 or margaret.watson@outlook.com.
Lunch in Covent Garden followed by a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House.
Outing by train on Tuesday 14 July, cost - £30.00 per person for lunch and tour. Contact Margaret Watson on 01444 241778 or margaret.watson@outlook.com.

Worried about Fraud? Fraud Prevention a talk by Sussex Police
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council has arranged for a talk on Fraud Prevention by Sussex Police and have invited U3A members to attend. The talk is at 6.30 pm on Monday 3 February in Hurstpierpoint Village Centre. For further information please contact the Parish Council on 01273 833264.

World Atlas of Atmospheric Pollution published by Anthem Press
Burgess Hill U3A members have been given the opportunity to acquire a copy of this comprehensive World Atlas (Hardback, 144 pages, full colour, 15" x 11", published 2008) for a small donation. All contributions will be donated to Burgess Hill U3A.
Please contact the Newsletter Editor Peter Mitchell, details below if you are interested.

NewsLink Spring 2020
Please retain your copy of the Spring NewLink for reference until you receive the Summer Edition.

Please pass a copy of ThirdThursday to those who you know do not have email.
Copy date for the February 2020 edition of ThirdThursday is Monday 17 February 2020.
Contributions to Peter Mitchell at mitchell@platform11.org.uk or by post to 11 Wingle Tye Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9HR, tel 01444 236848.

AND FINALLY -
Interested in joining our Governing Body as a Trustee? - contact Chris Elkins on 01444 245283 or chriselkins50@hotmail.com