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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  Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday 22nd July, 2pm at Bat and Ball Community Centre. Delia Taylor will give a talk entitled Coco Chanel, from pauper to millionairess, plus more than a whiff of scandal!  Delia Taylor has been a public speaker for many years and has delivered enjoyable talks to us in the past Coco Chanel was born in poverty and went on to become the richest woman in the world. She lived for the first 16 years of her life in an orphanage and rose to become one of the most famous designers of the 20th century. She achieved this by moving in high society to design and create some of the most iconic clothes for wealthy women across the world..She also made enemies and caused outrage when it was revealed she had collaborated with the enemy during WW2. She was a fascinating and complex woman – with a life story to match. There will also be the usual tea and cake and the chance to chat with friends afterwards.           


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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