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 at our next  Monthly Meeting on 22nd April will be Dr Kathryn Harkup – see her autobiographical note below. Her subject is The Secret Lives of Molecules (not a school science lesson – much more entertaining! )

Next meeting of the Science  Group  will be oThursday 9th May (Held over from the first Thursday in May due to the local elections on 2nd May) Dr Ali Galloni, will talk about CERN and Particle Physics, including some more recent results and proposed future projects. The talk will also explain how we engage school students with real-world science.                                                                                                              Dr Ali Galloni Dr Galloni is Head of Science and Technology at Sevenoaks School. Having completed a PhD on the DELPHI detector at CERN in 1998 searching for the Higgs Boson, she now runs an annual summer school with the University of Liverpool Group at CERN for sixth form students from multiple schools and involves students with projects such as Big Data ATLAS at the Institute for Research in Schools.                                             


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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