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Bat and Ball Railway Station Restoration - Exhibition
29th 10:00 - 30th June 2019

Restoration Station: the Renaissance of Bat & Ball 2018-2019
2nd July 2019 19:00

Coffee Morning
11th July 2019 10:30

Knole U3A Open Afternoon
23rd September 2019 14:00 - 16:00

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  • 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 residence of the candle makers. The name first appeared in 1190 when the street was called Candelwrichstrete (Candlewright Stree).The station was built in 1865-7 on a site used for at least 2000 years and the Hanseatic League had a trading base here from around 1320 called the “steelyard” after the large scales used to weigh imported items. The highlight of the day was a visit to the London Mithraeum - a Roman temple that lies beneath the new Bloomberg European Headquarters. This free museum was only open a couple of years ago and the third century Roman temple on the site is well worth a visit. The excavations in advance of the construction of the Bloomberg building produced more Roman...

  • 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

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  • 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...

  • Trevor Coley RIP

    14th February 2019

    It is with regret that we have to announce our U3A lost one of its founding fathers last week with the death of Trevor Coley who helped establish Knole in 2009, and led the highly successful Golf Group from its inception. He also set up and chaired the very popular Computer Group which helped a...

  • Plight of the Bumblebee

    Plight of the Bumblebee

    7th February 2019

    Science for All enjoyed a talk from Dr Nikki Gammons of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust in February and she told us amazing facts about bees and gave us an insight into research and conservation. There is concern that due to intensive agriculture and use of pesticides bee populations are...

  • Buying/Selling/Giving via the Web

    25th January 2019

    Have you had any experience of buying, selling or giving stuff away via the internet? If so, the Computer Group would love to hear about it! This is the topic of their next meeting, on 28th February - it will be a very interactive and informal meeting, open to all. Please come along and share your...

  • MOT3 Enjoy a Night at the Theatre

    MOT3 Enjoy a Night at the Theatre

    25th January 2019

    The new MOT3 Group had their first outing together to The Beefeater Restaurant (4 of them) and then The Oast Theatre (7 of them) to see Ladies in Lavender and one of the members of the group was performing in the play. It was a very enjoyable evening. ...

  • London Studies 5 at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    London Studies 5 at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    24th January 2019

    On 24th.January, London Studies 5 had a tour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. What an amazing place it was, with marble columns, statues, and paintings, plus a wonderful decorative internal atrium called the Durbar Court. The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas,...

  • National and Knole January Newsletters

    National and Knole January Newsletters

    18th January 2019

    Knole U3A Members can now log in to see the January editions of both the National and Knole U3A Newsletters ...

  • The Day Walking Group in November

    The Day Walking Group in November

    15th January 2019

    The Day Walking Group braved the late November weather to discover a great 10-mile across downland near Biggin Hill ably lead by Brenda and Lance. The chalk downland between Biggin Hill and Warlingham is surprisingly excellent walking country with fine views of rolling hills and wooded...

  • Science for all - January 2019

    Science for all - January 2019

    15th January 2019

    Science for All Knole’s Science Group is now entering its seventh year of operation and for its January meeting its Committee thought it would try something new and have a Gresham College video talk – about the health benefits of Sunshine! Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been...

  • Industrial Heritage Outing

    Industrial Heritage Outing

    15th January 2019

    Industrial Heritage Group The Industrial Heritage Group is now well into its fourth year of operation and it has covered a surprisingly wide range of talks and visits. The philosophy of the group is that its members research a particular topic then give a presentation to the whole group. The...

  • Amblers 2 Walking Group

    Amblers 2 Walking Group

    15th January 2019

    AMBLERS 2 WALKING GROUP – enjoy a well-deserved cup of coffee at Shoreham Golf Course on our recent walk which included Otford and Shoreham. We walk about 3-4 miles at a moderate pace on the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning. If you would like to join us, please contact...

  • Committee Minutes - January 2019

    Committee Minutes - January 2019

    14th January 2019

    The Committee Minutes for January 2019 are now available in the Members' area. Members can log in and view them here. (If you have trouble logging in and/or have mislaid your login details, please email webmaster @knoleu3a.org.uk). ...

  • Here comes the Sun

    Here comes the Sun

    17th December 2018

    Knole Science for All meeting - Thursday 3rd January 2019 For its first meeting of 2019 the Science Group will be showing a Gresham College video lecture by Professor Steve Jones about sunlight and its effects on health, on sleep, on memory and more: and why today’s twilight world of tablets and...

  • London Studies get to eat in Brixton Prison

    London Studies get to eat in Brixton Prison

    28th November 2018

    London Studies get to eat in Brixton Prison  London Studies programme of visits over the past 9 years reads like a bible of the best London has to offer in terms of its history, iconic buildings and examples of the depth and breadth of its culture. Its November visit to the Capital added an...

  • MOT2 Dine Out

    22nd November 2018

    On Thursday evening several members of MOT2 visited The Artisan Restaurant at West Kent College for dinner. We went to reception and a young man came and escorted us to the restaurant on the 3rd floor via a lift. The restaurant is very nicely presented and has a pleasant atmosphere. The food...

  • Latest Newsletters and Committee Minutes Now Available

    Latest Newsletters and Committee Minutes Now Available

    17th November 2018

    Knole U3A Members can now login to find the latest Newsletters (National and Knole U3A) and November Committee Minutes. ...

  • MOT3 Up and Running!

    MOT3 Up and Running!

    14th November 2018

    The newly formed MOT3 (Members Out Together) held their inaugural meeting this afternoon (14th November) and have organised their first outing too! They will meet each month on the 3rd Friday in the afternoon in order to plan future outings, which can take place on any day, any time. If any Knole...

  • Gallery Group 1 October and November Visits

    Gallery Group 1 October and November Visits

    13th November 2018

    In October the group visited Kettles Yard Gallery, established by Jim Ede, a curator and collector, and his wife in 1956, when they bought and restored a pair of tumbledown cottages in Cambridge. They encouraged visitors to come in the afternoons to see the collection of mainly 20th...

  • A Foray into Life Drawing

    A Foray into Life Drawing

    8th November 2018

    Colin Obray, ‘tutor’ for both groups, organised four sessions of life drawing classes in October and November. This was a first time experience for many members, and was certainly a challenge. At the beginning of each class some very quick poses were adopted by the model, to get people work...

  • Industrial Heritage and Clock Making in Kent

    7th November 2018

    The Industrial Heritage Group have covered almost the full range of industriesthat shaped much of Kent and the surrounding Wealden area over the past four years, but a few lesser known subjects still remain to be researched. For the October meeting Alan Heyes gave an account of the Kent...

  • London Studies 1 visit the Grand Order of Water Rats

    London Studies 1 visit the Grand Order of Water Rats

    31st October 2018

    London Studies 1 visited the HQ of the Grand Order of Water Rats in October to hear all about the long history of this charity and be entertained by a senior Water Rat! This organisation was founded back in 1889 and its aim is to raise money for deserving causes. Past members have included...

  • Poetry at Knole

    Poetry at Knole

    29th October 2018

    Canadian physician and poet Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, volunteered at the age of 41 to join a fighting unit of the British Army as a gunner and medical officer. ‘In Flanders Fields’ memorializes the Second Battle of Ypres 1915, in the Flanders region of Belgium, where the German army...

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  • The Making of the Remembrance Poppy

    The Making of the Remembrance Poppy

    29th October 2018

    London Studies 5 had a great day earlier this month to see how Remembrance Day poppies and wreaths are made. We visited the Poppy Factory in Richmond who makes millions of poppies and wreaths (not to be confused with the British Legion in Kent who distribute and sell them).The factory employs...

  • Day Walking Group Discover Outstanding Tudor Houses

    Day Walking Group Discover Outstanding Tudor Houses

    22nd October 2018

    One of the joys of walking in Kent is not just the exceptional scenery, but coming across outstanding historical buildings. The October walk of the Day Walking Group was a particularly fine day for both scenery and some of Kent’s best vernacular buildings. The 10 mile stroll, ably led by...

  • New MOT Group

    New MOT Group

    16th October 2018

    The Members Out Together Groups (1 & 2) have proved so popular that another Group is being set up. The outings are very varied - they could be visits to gardens, houses, theatres, lunches - only limited by imagination! Members can find out more by logging on and clicking here If you are...

  • MOT2 Enjoy Drama and Food

    MOT2 Enjoy Drama and Food

    12th October 2018

    On Friday 12th October several members of MOT2 visited the Plaza Suite at the Stag for the Stag Theatre Company Bitesize Drama and Buffet Dinner which was an evening of short plays, both funny and thought provoking, and very nice and plentiful food (we were offered second helpings!) and all for...

  • New Knitting Group

    New Knitting Group

    11th October 2018

    A new group is being set up for Knole U3A, meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2pm. The first meeting is planned to be on Tuesday 15th January at 2pm. Members can find out more by logging in and clicking here ...

  • Blue tits, science and sex

    Blue tits, science and sex

    4th October 2018

    A brightly coloured male with a nesting box is a great catch for a female blue tit. One of the fascinating things that Martin Stenning from the University of Sussex told Science for All at their October meeting. He has conducted years of research into blue tit behaviour in the Woodland Trust’s...

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