Knole U3A

Welcome to Knole U3A

Knole Holiday Trip 2023 visit  Newark Castle

Historic Buildings Group at Cutlers Livery Hall London

Historic Buildings Group Visit to Crossness Pumping Station  

Knole Holiday Trip 2023 visit Lincoln Cathedral

Camera Group Visit Lea Valley white water course

Knole Holiday Trip 2022 Cardiff Cathedral

The Universite de Troisieme Age (u3a) originated in France in 1973 as an extra mural activity at the University of Social Science in Toulouse and the first u3a was established in the UK in 1981, loosely based on the French system.

For more on the  history of the u3a in UK, please see  The_u3a_story by_Francis_Beckett_Web  

In 2009 an enthusiastic small group of local people came together to launch Knole u3a, its name chosen to reflect the connection to Sevenoaks.

Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and now in autumn 2023 have grown to 434 members. We currently offer 67 study groups, giving members the opportunity to for example improve foreign language skills, enjoy walks exploring the local countryside and the hidden back streets of London, learn new board games, join current affairs discussion group, explore local history.  And our monthly Science group invites knowledgeable speakers to give talks on a broad range of topics.

No qualifications are needed to join, just enthusiasm, curiosity and, because u3as are run by members, for its members, a willingness to contribute to its functioning in some way. This might be contributing to the successful running of any Group you join, admin help, providing refreshments at monthly meetings and even serving on committee.

The u3a is open to anyone who is retired or semi-retired, giving the opportunity to meet others and share your knowledge and experience through open meetings, joining any of the study group and perhaps in the administrative side of Knole. The Annual membership runs from July 1st to June 30th and the current fee is £16 per person pa.

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Knole u3a is affiliated to the Third Age Trust.

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The speaker for our March Monthly meeting on Monday the 25th March is Brian Nobbs, with beautifully illustrated talk entitled "To Iceland and Back" - a fascinating look at the wildlife and geology of this fascinating country.                       

The next meeting of the Knole U3A Kent History Group is next Wednesday 6th march  at 2pm. Usual place - Holmesdale Bowls Club. The talk is kindly being given by Ed Thompson and is entitled: Modernist Housing in Kemsing

 The next meeting of Knole U3A's Science for All group is on Thursday 7th March - 2.30pm at Sevenoaks Weald Village Memorial Hall. The talk is by Professor Dorin Fuller of University College, London. Title: Archaeological perspectives on the origins of the Anthropocene,                                  Climate Change issues appear in our newspapers and news outlets on a regular basis as to how man has, and is impacting on other ecosystems. The talk will be looking at some of the archeological aspects of these subjects and also whether the changes are such that a new geological age can be defined.                 The Anthropocene is taken as a new era in which human activities have become a driving force in the earth's system, including among other things climate change. This lecture will offer a long-term perspective on how human activities have transformed global ecosystems through analysis of archaeological evidence.


Knole Current Affairs would welcome a few new members.

We meet on 1st Monday of the month at the Slater Room, Christ Church in LittleCourt Road at 1.30. We are very informal and pick up current News each month. Sometimes a member will start a topic with a short introduction.

Please contact David Small

 the European Affairs would also  welcome new members.

This lively group, is now in its fifth year with members from both Knole and Sevenoaks. We meet in the Afternoon of the first Monday of the month and we now have two vacancies. Our range of topics follows our members' suggestions and could for example include, music, geography, education, politics, current affairs, art and artists or anything that sounds interesting in all Europe [ie: the EU and beyond]

Please contact Rob White






Knole u3a

Registered Charity No. 1166210 

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