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15th February 2021 14:00 - 16:00

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22nd February 2021 14:00 - 16:00

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15th March 2021 14:00 - 16:00

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19th April 2021 14:00 - 16:00

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  • A first for Knole U3A holding an online Zoom AGM!

    A first for Knole U3A holding an online Zoom AGM!

    2nd October 2020

    Knole U3A held its first online AGM on Monday 28th September making use of the Zoom video conference facility. The meeting was quorate with over 110 members in attendance, and voting held on six Resolutions. These included the approval of the 2019 Minutes, the Trustees Report, the Treasurer’s Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020, a membership subscription of £10 for the current year, the appointment of Andrew Dunk as our External Examiner, and most importantly and vital to the running of our U3A - the election of the new committee! All Resolutions were overwhelmingly carried, and the meeting completed in just over 30 minutes. Most of the members who participated found it a painless and interesting exercise, but it was of course no substitute for a meeting in a hall where members can enjoy a post-AGM talk, face to face conversations with friends, an tea with homemade cake! Hopefully next year we will be able run our normal AGM at the end of June in the refurbished...

  • The Day Walking Group had a near full turn out

    The Day Walking Group had a near full turn out

    21st September 2020

    The current Coronavirus regulations permit organised walking groups to allow up to 30 members to participate together on a walk – providing they follow strict Covid 19 Protocols for such groups, and undertake the risk assessments recommended by the Ramblers Association. Having fully complied with...

  • Covid-19 Guidance

    Covid-19 Guidance

    15th September 2020

    For the latest advice from the Third Age Trust click this text. ...

  • Sevenoaks Literary Festival 2020

    Sevenoaks Literary Festival 2020

    10th September 2020

    Friday 25 September – Sunday 04 OctoberSevenoaks Literary Festival is going virtual this year. Five top-class events with (genuinely) world-beating contributors will be available on your screen at the touch of a button.Topics range from music to the nature of friendship and from politics to...

  • NEW GROUP - The Knole Botany Group

    NEW GROUP - The Knole Botany Group

    9th September 2020

    Interested in finding and the botanical identification of wild and naturalised plants in Kent? This is the group for you. Members will learn how to confidently identify and record plants. This will be a very practical group with meetings outside in small groups and visiting a range of sites in our...

  • The Garden Group visit a garden created by Vita Sackville West

    The Garden Group visit a garden created by Vita Sackville West

    8th September 2020

    For its first garden visit for several months, Knole’s Garden Group visited a superb historic garden close to home – Long Barn at Sevenoaks Weald village. The current owner, Rebecca Lemonius, gave us an excellent talk on the history of the house and garden with the house itself dating back to the...

  • Sept Committee Minutes

    7th September 2020

    The September Committee Minutes are now available for Members to view - you will need to login, then click here. ...

  • Summer 2020 Bulletin

    Summer 2020 Bulletin

    7th September 2020

    Members of Knole U3A can log on to see the latest Summer 2020 Bulletin, packed with new opportunities to meet and study under the current climate. Please login and click here. ...

  • Half-day Walking Group enjoy the countryside around High Elms

    Half-day Walking Group enjoy the countryside around High Elms

    3rd September 2020

    The Half-day Walking group enjoyed the countryside between Farnborough and High Elms with a pleasant five and half mile stroll through fields and woodland this month. The Nature Reserve there is great for seeing orchids and other wild flowers in early July. The High Elms Country Park through...

  • July Committee Minutes

    16th July 2020

    July Committee Minutes are now available for Members - click on the link below -you will need to log in to view the page.  https://knoleu3a.org.uk/spage-member_area-minutes_and_accounts.html ...

  • Book Club 1

    Book Club 1

    9th July 2020

    We have had several ZOOM book group meetings and are getting used to this "modern way" of communicating. Of course it's a compromise but it means we can keep our group going and apart from discussing the books we have read we enjoy catching up with each other. Unfortunately we have lost two of...

  • Monthly Meetings

    9th July 2020

    As reported in the June Bulletin, we intend to resume Monthly Meetings as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so. Meetings are scheduled from October onwards and we have provisionally bookings for St Nicholas from that month but it is likely our monthly meetings will be unable to be held until...

  • Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks

    Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks

    9th July 2020

    Sarah Rogers gave us a fascinating account of the history and development of Riverhill Himalayan Gardens at our last monthly meeting in February. The gardens are now open again, looking lovely, and well worth a visit – not just for the excellent gardens, but the fine views across the Weald. You...

  • Things to do this Summer

    9th July 2020

    Now that a number of venues are able to open albeit with restrictions here are a few suggestions for starting to get out and about this Summer. RHS Gardens The Royal Horticultural Gardens (RHS) are now open along with their plant centres so why not have a day out at the lovely gardens at both...

  • June Bulletin

    24th June 2020

    The June Bulletin from the Committee an update of the current position with respect to a number of issues including the AGM, Monthly meetings, membership renewal etc. ...

  • Things to do while self isolationg

    1st May 2020

    We usually have in the website a list of suggestions for local trips and trips to London, and also highlighting group news about their visits and planned activities. As the current crisis has severely curtailed these activities, we thought we would put together a guide to ‘things we can do while...

  • Gresham College Talks

    Gresham College Talks

    1st May 2020

    We started a new monthly seminar series last November using the Gresham College lectures. The available lectures cover a wider range of topics including geology, astronomy, medical advances, psychology, music, film, mathematics, information technology, environmental issues and a broad range of...

  • London Studies Booklet

    London Studies Booklet

    1st May 2020

    All our eight London Studies groups had to cease their programme of study visits to London in March. These are some of our most popular groups and all members derived a good deal of enjoyment from these visits both from the opportunities to study and visit fascinating buildings in London and the...

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  • Things to do while you Stay At Home

    Things to do while you Stay At Home

    25th March 2020

    Ideas for Groups During these challenging times and to help to maintain most of our Groups, we have been researching ideas. Here are some you might like to try Video Communication Skype Facetime Whatsapp Zoom(Up to 40 people can join a meeting of 40mins or more for...

  • Recommended reading from Poetry Group 1

    Recommended reading from Poetry Group 1

    24th March 2020

    Following the reading recommendations from Book Group 1, here are a few from Poetry Group 1: Diarmaid Macculloch’s Cromwell. Anna Pasternak The American Duchess Ben Macintyre The Spy and the Traitor ( or any other of his books) Amor Towles A...

  • Computer Group Meetings CANCELLED

    24th March 2020

    Please note that all Computer Group meetings planned for 2020 have been CANCELLED until further notice. ...

  • RIVERHILL GARDENS, SEVENOAKS – GOLDEN HOURS OPENING

    RIVERHILL GARDENS, SEVENOAKS – GOLDEN HOURS OPENING

    21st March 2020

    Sarah Rogers of Riverhill Himalayan Gardens gave an excellent talk to our U3A at the February monthly meeting. In response to the Coronavirus, Riverhill has just announced they will open the gardens between 8-10 am from Wednesday to Sunday for the exclusive use of those who are over 70 or in the...

  • BOOK GROUP 1 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HELP IN SITTING OUT THE CORONAVIRUS

    BOOK GROUP 1 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HELP IN SITTING OUT THE CORONAVIRUS

    21st March 2020

    These are books that the group have read recently and in general were well received. Why not give them a try. All these books are available to download onto Kindles and iPads or hard copies are available from Amazon. Who knows if the libraries will remain open, so those of us not out and about...

  • The Day Walkers manage to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine

    The Day Walkers manage to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine

    16th March 2020

    Ably lead by Terry Coen, the Knole Walking Group clocked up a further nine miles this month walking across the chalk hills between Shoreham and Eynsford then back along a section of the splendid Darent Valley Path. The walk offered fine views of the Darent Valley and signs of Spring were...

  • Monthly Meeting 23rd March - CANCELLED

    15th March 2020

    The Knole committee has decided to cancel the meeting due on Monday 23rd March, at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks. We will try to reschedule the speaker later in the year. This is a decision we regret but is in line with government policy on minimising contact at this stage of the...

  • Coronavirus Advice

    29th February 2020

    What's the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK? The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as...

  • Members Visit the Cartoon Museum and the earliest Police Station in Britain

    Members Visit the Cartoon Museum and the earliest Police Station in Britain

    26th February 2020

    The London Studies 1 group got off to a good start for its January and February meetings with two excellent visits to the Cartoon Museum and the Marine Police Museum in Wapping. The Cartoon Museum in Wells Street is well worth a visit and covers the early history of cartoons in the late 18th...

  • Historic Houses Group's Grand Day Out

    Historic Houses Group's Grand Day Out

    24th February 2020

    U3A Historic Houses Group had a Grand Day Out in London this month, in the lovely Blue Plaque area, north of the West End. The Rudolph Steiner House was interesting and unusual. Designed to be different, it is a reflection of the Swiss Philosopher’s wish to keep to a simple, individualistic...

  • Want to learn Mahjong? Read on....

    Want to learn Mahjong? Read on....

    22nd February 2020

    Knole U3A have a beginners Mahjong Group on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and we meet at The Bell, Kemsing from 2 to 4 pm. We are very short of members so unless we have new members very soon sadly the group will close. If you are interested please contact mahjong2@knoleu3a.org.uk without...

  • Birdwatching Group Brave Puddles

    16th February 2020

    The Birdwatching Group enjoyed a trip to Nutfield Marshes on 7th February. They were guided by Michael, an old friend of the group who works for Surrey Wildlife Trust. We enjoyed a circular walk around the reserve and saw 39 species of birds including a wigeon, several snipe and a Greater...

  • The Science Group hear all about Architectural Glass

    The Science Group hear all about Architectural Glass

    6th February 2020

    Knole’s Science Group were formed nearly 10 year ago and in that time organised a comprehensive series of talks on science and technology issues. The current programme that commenced last October has already covered such diverse topics as Looking for life in space, Mathematical modelling of the...

  • Kent History Group

    Kent History Group

    5th February 2020

    Knole’s History Group aim is to research and then give talks on a wide range of industrial and socio-economic history directly relevant to the county. Recent talks researched by its members have included the early history of the country, the salt industry and the history of the development of the...

  • A prize is a prize after all - isn't it?

    A prize is a prize after all - isn't it?

    24th January 2020

    Several members of MOT2 and MOT3 attended a quiz at Hadlow Manor Hotel organised by Tonbridge Lions as a fund raising event and unfortunately our knowledge did not match our enthusiasm and we won the wooden spoon prize! But it was a fun evening and we enjoyed it. The questions, we felt, were...

  • The Day Walking Group take a 7 mile stroll and visit Haysden Park

    The Day Walking Group take a 7 mile stroll and visit Haysden Park

    20th January 2020

    The Day Walking group braved the rather damp weather in January and had their first walk of the year which embraced a good deal of Haysden Country Park just to the west of Tonbridge. Its 161 acre area encompasses a range of habitats including river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland and...

  • MOT3 getting into the Christmas spirit

    18th December 2019

    After the recent trips to fashion and jazz events, it was time to get into the festive spirit and have a few drinks! Some MOT3 members went to Westerham Brewery for a tour and tasting. We had tokens in exchange for our ticket,s which in turn could be exchanged for food, beer or wine - and then the...

  • London Studies 2

    London Studies 2

    11th December 2019

    Our December jaunt was a 'Christmas lights and windows walk' around famous shopping arcades finishing at Handel's church, rounded off with a lunch at Davy's of St James (some retail therapy was undertaken!) We would like to recruit a few more members so if you are interested in visiting...

  • MOT3 - and all that jazz....

    8th December 2019

    On 8th December some members of MOT3 went to St Mary's church at Halstead for their Christmas Jazz Carol Concert which is an annual fund raiser for the church and it was packed with enthusiastic people ready to have a festive sing along to popular songs and carols which everyone...

  • Yet more fashion for MOT3

    5th December 2019

    Another outing this time to the Fashion and Textile Museum to see an exhibition about Zandra Rhodes - another big influence on fashion. This exhibition is to celebrate her 50 years in the textile and fashion business and whether her style and designs apppeal to you there were some stunning...

  • Science Group get a briefing about innovative nuclear reactors and hold its first quiz night!

    Science Group get a briefing about innovative nuclear reactors and hold its first quiz night!

    5th December 2019

    Knole’s Science Group has just completed its 7th year of organising and hosting a wide range of talks and the December talk by Dr Mel Draper CBE was particularly rewarding. Dr Draper gave us a thorough briefing about the research underway to develop innovative nuclear power reactors that offer...

  • Gresham College Seminar Programme gets underway

    Gresham College Seminar Programme gets underway

    4th December 2019

    Knole started a new monthly seminar series last November using the Gresham College lectures - held on the second Wednesday of the month, 2-4pm at Holmesdale Bowls Club. The session starts with a viewing of a chosen talk, followed by a discussion and tea. The available lectures cover a wider...

  • The Kent History hear all about the Making of Kent

    The Kent History hear all about the Making of Kent

    4th December 2019

    The Kent History Group aim to study Kent’s socio-economic and industry heritage through research, field studies and visits to sites across the county. The format of the meetings is that one or two members research a topic and then give a talk to the group. For their November and December...

  • London Studies 1 hear all about the symbolism of the Painted Hall

    London Studies 1 hear all about the symbolism of the Painted Hall

    27th November 2019

    The November visit by London Studies 1 to the Old Royal Naval College, ably led by Anne Green, was a particularly fascinating educational experience as the group was given an excellent talk on the symbolism behind the painted interior of the Painted Hall. The Hall was built as a grand ceremonial...

  • Fashionistas - that's MOT3!

    20th November 2019

    Several members of MOT 3 visited the Mary Quant exhibition at the V & A and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. For some of us it was looking back to the clothes we were wearing in the sixties and how Mary Quant together with Vidal Sasoon influenced fashion at the time to a huge extent and created a...

  • November Committee Minutes

    12th November 2019

    November Committee Minutes are now available for members - log in and click here ...

  • Gallery Group 1 go to the Hayward Gallery

    Gallery Group 1 go to the Hayward Gallery

    12th November 2019

    The exhibition visited was ‘Bridget Riley’ - which brought together paintings, drawings and preparatory works of this innovative British abstract artist, spanning seventy years. The exhibition began by reflecting on the early influences on Bridget Riley of the techniques and colour used by...

  • Members' Festive Lunch

    8th November 2019

    Details are now available for the Members' Festive Lunch - click here to see the calendar entry (members can log in and will be able to download the flyer/application form). ...

  • Last Call for Holiday Makers!

    Last Call for Holiday Makers!

    7th November 2019

    There are just a few rooms left for the 2020 Knole U3A Holiday. If members are interested, please login and follow this link Knole U3A 2020 Holiday. If the remaining spaces are not taken up soon they will be offered to other U3A organisations. ...

  • The Half Day walking group struggle with a gate!

    The Half Day walking group struggle with a gate!

    5th November 2019

    The half day walking group led by Janet Willcox enjoyed another circular walk of five and a half mile around Edenbridge in October. The countryside around Edenbridge is excellent walking country with a myriad of footpaths available to construct a number of walks of various lengths from just a few...

  • Historic Houses Group visit a Modernist House

    Historic Houses Group visit a Modernist House

    5th November 2019

    The Homewood is a delightful, authentic modernist house in Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JL. Designed by architect Patrick Gwynne for his parents in 1938, and was given by Gwynne to the National Trust in 1999. Our visit to 'A House on Stilts' was enjoyed by all. Built and furnished in the classical...

  • The Strollers enjoyed a late summer walk in Petts Wood

    5th November 2019

    There are many walks in most National Trust managed woods and Petts Wood is ideal for a stroll at any time of the year. We particularly wanted to see the memorial to William Willett. It was his early work in 1907 that paved the way for the government to think of British Summer time. In 1914,...

  • London Studies 5 visit the Chelsea Pensioners

    London Studies 5 visit the Chelsea Pensioners

    5th November 2019

    Despite the rain, London Studies 5 had a very enjoyable visit to Royal Hospital Chelsea late September. Their guide, Geoff, was very informative and entertaining too - especially as he's only been a resident for about 15months! The Royal Hospital is well worth a visit any time as either as a...

  • London Studies 1 group have two trips to the City

    London Studies 1 group have two trips to the City

    30th October 2019

    The first of our London Studies groups, despite being established 10 years ago, is still managing to find fascinating places to research and visit. In September the group visited the new Rooftop garden at 120 Fenchurch Street (which is open to the public) and the Guildhall, to see the excellent...

  • London Studies 8 visit the Wallace Collection

    London Studies 8 visit the Wallace Collection

    15th October 2019

    London Studies 8 have been meeting bi-monthly since starting up in the Spring of this year. We have now grown to 17 in number after the Open Afternoon in September resulted in a few new members, and held our planning meeting recently for 2020. It has been decided to meet on a more frequent basis...

  • Students Provide Fine Dining

    Students Provide Fine Dining

    19th September 2019

    On Thursday 19th October some members of the evening dining group visited The Artisan Restaurant at West Kent College and had a really enjoyable experience. The students cook the food, wait on table and do all the things required in a Restaurant. Our waiter was a charming young...

  • Read the Latest Committee Minutes

    Read the Latest Committee Minutes

    10th September 2019

    Members can log in to read the minutes from the Knole U3A Committee Meeting held on 3rd September and clicking here ...

  • First 10 Years in Knole U3A

    6th September 2019

    Members may be interested to read this booklet produced to celebrate the 10th birthday of Knole U3A. Log in to read it here. ...

  • Italian Conversation Group

    Italian Conversation Group

    5th September 2019

    Our Italian group continues with strength (although our latest book reading has been a challenge for all of us as we battle to understand an adult novel by Natalia Ginsburg in 1973). We meet regularly and we would like to think that our Italian is improving. To this end we hijacked a native...

  • The Topical Talk Group take a break from their discussions!

    The Topical Talk Group take a break from their discussions!

    5th September 2019

    As a change from our usual discussions we took an opportunity to visit Woodchurch Vineyard near Tenterden. Even there the shadow of Brexit was about, when Graeme Barbour our host explained that all wine making apparatus is imported including the bottles. Our grand day out concluded in fine U3A...

  • Knole Industrial Heritage talk reaches wider audience

    Knole Industrial Heritage talk reaches wider audience

    5th September 2019

    Following his well researched talk on Water Mills of the River Darent to the Group, Knole member Lionel Parks was invited to give his talk to Eynsford Local History Group, which was also well received. An unexpected and exciting outcome was that the one of their members mentioned that she lived...

  • Book Club 1 Recommends.......

    Book Club 1 Recommends.......

    27th August 2019

    Our group has read three very different books over the summer months, which may be of interest to other Knole members for their remaining summer reading and for the autumn. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens A story of a young girl abandoned by her family, as one after another leave, to...

  • Report from Digital Camera Group 5

    Report from Digital Camera Group 5

    26th August 2019

    In July, many members of our group went on a photo shoot trip to London meeting at London Bridge for a coffee stop. We then enjoyed several hours photographing the sights on our way to Tower Bridge. This has become a very well laid out tourist attraction with many information boards and...

  • It's Hard to be the Princess

    It's Hard to be the Princess

    22nd August 2019

    A reminder on the wall of Provender House near Faversham to Princess Olga Romanoff that the burdens of royalty continue to weigh heavy long after the monarchy has passed. The Princess, the daughter of the eldest nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, was our guide when the Historic Houses Group visited her...

  • The Garden Group visit a spectacular new garden in Rochester

    The Garden Group visit a spectacular new garden in Rochester

    22nd August 2019

    For its August visit the Garden Group visited the Restoration House and gardens in Rochester. The house is an amalgamation of two medieval buildings. Situated in the heart of historic Rochester the house takes its name from the stay of King Charles II on the eve of the Restoration. Over the past...

  • The Day Walking Group

    The Day Walking Group

    19th August 2019

    For their August 10 mile hike, the intrepid Knole Day Walking Group explored the countryside south of Cudham to the North Downs above Chevening. This area although close to Knockholt and Westerham (and the M25), provides excellent walking country with fine views as you would expect in classical...

  • London Studies 4 visit a superb 17th house

    London Studies 4 visit a superb 17th house

    27th June 2019

    London Studies 4 visit Ham House and Garden just south of Richmond. Built in 1610 it is one of the finest examples of Stuart architecture in England with unchanged interiors and a superb collection of paintings, furniture and wall hangings, most of which date back to the 17th century. ...

  • London Studies 4 visit a superb 17th house

    London Studies 4 visit a superb 17th house

    27th June 2019

    London Studies 4 visit Ham House and Garden just south of Richmond. Built in 1610 it is one of the finest examples of Stuart architecture in England with unchanged interiors and a superb collection of paintings, furniture and wall hangings, most of which date back to the 17th century ...

  • London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

    London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

    26th June 2019

    One of the early London Studies 1 visits was to the quirky John Soane museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, on another outing we admired the memorial to his wife built in St Pancras churchyard. Almost 10 years later the group is still very active with many founder members and we have just visited...

  • London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

    London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

    26th June 2019

    One of the early London Studies 1 visits was to the quirky John Soane museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, on another outing we admired the memorial to his wife built in St Pancras churchyard. Almost 10 years later the group is still very active with many founder members and we have just visited...

  • Science Seminar - Space Exploration: Rockets and the Moon

    25th June 2019

    Tunbridge wells U3A are running a seminar on 13th August, open to all West Kent U3A members. For more details and an application form, please see the flyer - Science Seminar Flyer ...

  • The Day Walkers enjoy excellent Wealden views and wild flowers galore

    The Day Walkers enjoy excellent Wealden views and wild flowers galore

    17th June 2019

    The June Day walk was not only memorable for another 10 mile stroll, and excellent views of the lovely countryside east and south of Sevenoaks, but the wonderful array of wild flowers either side of the paths we walked – even in woodland. Substantial patches of bilberries (with fruit already...

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  • The Day Walkers enjoy excellent Wealden views and wild flowers galore

    The Day Walkers enjoy excellent Wealden views and wild flowers galore

    17th June 2019

    The June Day walk was not only memorable for another 10 mile stroll, and excellent views of the lovely countryside east and south of Sevenoaks, but the wonderful array of wild flowers either side of the paths we walked – even in woodland. Substantial patches of bilberries (with fruit already well...

  • Gallery group 1 visit a revamped Queen’s House

    Gallery group 1 visit a revamped Queen’s House

    11th June 2019

    The Gallery Group had a visit to the newly refurbished Queen’s House, Greenwich in June. This venue is free to visitors, but the groups paid for a guided visit, and were rewarded by learning about the interesting history of the building and its royal owners. Particularly wonderful was the...

  • Gallery group 1 visit a revamped Queen’s House

    Gallery group 1 visit a revamped Queen’s House

    11th June 2019

    The Gallery Group had a visit to the newly refurbished Queen’s House, Greenwich in June. This venue is free to visitors, but the groups paid for a guided visit, and were rewarded by learning about the interesting history of the building and its royal owners. Particularly wonderful was the newly...

  • The Strollers enjoy the sun

    The Strollers enjoy the sun

    3rd June 2019

    The Strollers enjoy the sunshine during a walk in Willet Memorial Woods, Chiselhurst. The wood is named after a prominent Edwardian builder who lived in Chislehurst. He was a keen supporter of outside activities and was an early promoter of British Summer Time to encourage people to make the...

  • The Strollers enjoy the sun

    The Strollers enjoy the sun

    3rd June 2019

    The Strollers enjoy the sunshine during a walk in Willet Memorial Woods, Chiselhurst. The wood is named after a prominent Edwardian builder who lived in Chislehurst. He was a keen supporter of outside activities and was an early promoter of British Summer Time to encourage people to make the most...

  • An allotment with no vegetables just gorgeous Iris flowers

    An allotment with no vegetables just gorgeous Iris flowers

    31st May 2019

    Tucked away behind the children’s playground and some tennis courts in Otford are some typical allotments you might see anywhere in a village, town or city. Unlike most allotments though the Otford one boast some spectacular flowers grown by one of our members - Chris Towers. We were there...

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  • An allotment with no vegetables just gorgeous Iris flowers

    An allotment with no vegetables just gorgeous Iris flowers

    31st May 2019

    Tucked away behind the children’s playground and some tennis courts in Otford are some typical allotments you might see anywhere in a village, town or city. Unlike most allotments though the Otford one boast some spectacular flowers grown by one of our members - Chris Towers. We were there to see...

  • London Studies 1 visit a Roman temple and found out that candles were more important than cannon

    London Studies 1 visit a Roman temple and found out that candles were more important than cannon

    29th May 2019

    For its May meeting London Studies 1, guided by the very able Janet Willcox and Pat Jones, explored the environs of Cannon Street. The group were amazed to discover that Cannon Street is not named after the manufacture of cannons but candles! The Cannon Street area was initially the place of...

  • The Day Walking Group clock up a further 11 miles exploring fine wealden countryside

    The Day Walking Group clock up a further 11 miles exploring fine wealden countryside

    21st May 2019

    Ably lead by Michael Harries, the Day Walking Group enjoyed yet another fine walk in May embracing the countryside south of Westerham. The walk had everything the group inspire to have for one of its day walks – fine views across the Weald, coming across fine medieval buildings, dry ground...

  • Sevenoaks Heritage Exhibition 19 June – 6 July

    Sevenoaks Heritage Exhibition 19 June – 6 July

    15th May 2019

    The Sevenoaks Society is mounting a heritage exhibition in the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks Library as part of the Summer Festival. The Exhibition will depict with photographs and text, the history of the town, including its heritage buildings, farms, schools, pubs, churches, industry and...

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  • Bat and Ball Railway Station Restoration - Exhibition and Talk

    Bat and Ball Railway Station Restoration - Exhibition and Talk

    14th May 2019

    Interested in photography as well as railways? Why not come along to an Exhibition and Talk and about the restoration of Bat and Ball Railway Station in June and July respectively. Details below. Exhibition: Restoration Station: the Renaissance of Bat & Ball 2018-2019: photographs by Derek...

  • Visit to Leonardslee

    Visit to Leonardslee

    14th May 2019

    Some members of MOT2 joined some members of MOT3 for a visit to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens Gardens in Sussex on 14th May and this is a good time of year to go because they have a beautiful collection of azaleas and rhododendrons and only re-opened to the public last year. It also has the...

  • Good Reads – recommendations from Book Group 1 and 3

    Good Reads – recommendations from Book Group 1 and 3

    10th May 2019

    Book Group 1 has read two very different books recently which may be of interest, both have been on various best sellers lists in recent months. The first ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL by Sarah Vaughan is a political thriller which centres on a high profile marriage that begins to unravel when the...

  • London Studies 1 visit City Hall

    London Studies 1 visit City Hall

    24th April 2019

    Despite being running for nearly ten years, London Studies 1 is still managing to find fascinating places to research and visit for its April expedition to the Capital. Ably led by Pat Jones, the group first visited City Hall known affectionately by some as the ‘Onion’. The building is well worth...

  • The Garden Group discover a great garden with a fascinating history

    The Garden Group discover a great garden with a fascinating history

    23rd April 2019

    The Garden Group visited a really interesting and unusual garden this month. Penns in the Rocks is situated just over the border into Sussex, very near to Groombridge. It is not easy to find, hidden in deep countryside up a long drive but what a fascinating find! The house takes its name from...

  • Tiptoe through the bluebells

    Tiptoe through the bluebells

    23rd April 2019

    Some members of MOT 3 visited Emmetts Garden on Tuesday 23rd and the bluebells are just perfect at the moment. Well worth the visit. ...

  • Science Seminar - SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST IN OPERATION

    Science Seminar - SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST IN OPERATION

    10th April 2019

    A seminar entitled “Forensics: The Expert Witnesses" has been organised by the Sevenoaks U3A Science Group taking place  on 5th June at East Malling Research Centre. All U3A members are welcome. If all tickets are sold then a waiting list will be established in case of cancellations. ...

  • Need a Lift to a Knole U3A Event?

    8th April 2019

    Members who may need a lift to a Knole U3A Event may like to login and check here! ...

  • The Industrial Heritage Group get a lesson in rope making

    The Industrial Heritage Group get a lesson in rope making

    3rd April 2019

    The April meeting of the Industrial Heritage Group had a fascinating, well researched talk about rope making by Lionel Parks one of the Groups members. Members of the group undertake research on a topic then present their findings in the form of a 45 minute talk followed by discussion. Lionel’s...

  • MOT3 - Who Dunnit?

    MOT3 - Who Dunnit?

    30th March 2019

    On Saturday 30th March some members of MOT3 went to a Murder Mystery Evening at Weald Memorial Hall enacted by Sevenoaks Players and it was really good fun. First we saw the play in which the murder took place and then we were served with lovely main courses and discusssed the play. Some clues...

  • London Studies 1 visit The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

    London Studies 1 visit The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

    27th March 2019

    Over the past 10 years London Studies 1 has researched and visited a large number of London’s most historical buildings, societies and communities. Their March visit, organised by Roz Gooding, was up there as one of the best, encompassing several hundred years of history at the Worshipful...

  • The Garden Group are bowled over by the beauty of Irises

    The Garden Group are bowled over by the beauty of Irises

    26th March 2019

    Over the past few years the Garden group have visited many of Kent’s finest gardens and organised some fascinating talks from experienced, and often very well known gardeners. Its March meeting was especially memorable as one of Knole’s own members, Chris Towers, gave a fascinating talk about...

  • The Day Walking Group find yet another lovely walk to eat up the calories!

    The Day Walking Group find yet another lovely walk to eat up the calories!

    18th March 2019

    Over the year the Day Walking Group clock up close to a 100 miles of walking and burn off some 150,000 calories (they probably put quite a few back on again as the walks usually include a pub lunch stop!). Their March walk from Bidborough to Penshurst via Speldhurst and back, with lunch at the...

  • MOT3 Swings!

    13th March 2019

    A few members of MOT3 went to The Space in The Pamoja Hall at Sevenoaks School to see a performance called Sevenoaks Swings (click the image to see the vimeo!) and we had a very entertaining evening with varied music. There were some talented performances and even beginners were included in a...

  • Two exhibitions at the Tate for the price of one!

    Two exhibitions at the Tate for the price of one!

    12th March 2019

    Gallery Group 1 visited Tate Modern in March to see the Pierre Bonnard exhibition. The exhibition concentrated on the mature work of the artist, from 1900 – 1945, and attempted to reposition Bonnard amongst the top echelon of twentieth century artists. The exhibition was enjoyed by one of the...

  • Historic Houses group visit to Spencer House, St James. London W1

    Historic Houses group visit to Spencer House, St James. London W1

    9th March 2019

    The House was originally built for the first Earl Spencer (1755-66) – and secretly used for the first time by his future wife, thus fulfilling her wish to spend Christmas in the house - they were then married as planned, one week later! Sadly the house fell into disrepair 1926 – 1985, and then...

  • Kent’s industrial past uncovered

    Kent’s industrial past uncovered

    7th March 2019

    Knole’s industrial Heritage group has been running for around four years and its members have researched and presented talks on a wide variety of topics as diverse as broadcloth, windmills, tanning, brick and tiles, watermills, glass, brewing, cement, paper and much more - all former industries...

  • Half Day Walking Group go rock climbing

    Half Day Walking Group go rock climbing

    28th February 2019

    The half day walking group ably lead by Christine Walls sauntered around Tunbridge Wells in February and as well as tackling the usual 5 mile walk decided to add rock climbing to their achievements! No doubt the appropriate risk assessment was done to ensure a group of senior members of our...

  • London Studies 1 Out & About

    25th February 2019

    For our February meeting we investigated a familiar friend, Trafalgar Square, and also one of the most exclusive areas of London, St James's. Apart from hearing some of the history of Trafalgar Sq, statues and surrounding buildings (did you know that Nelson's Column was destined for Berlin if...

  • Day Walking Group Zipping Along!

    Day Walking Group Zipping Along!

    18th February 2019

    Knole day walking group set out from Lullingstone Visitor Centre on another of the exceptionally mild February days we have been experiencing. The group of thirteen set out walking up from the car park into the woods. After a while they came to the zip wire and it was suggested this might be...

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