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  • 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 these regulations the Day Walking Group’s September’s meeting totalled some 17 members – well above the number that normally participate. The 8-mile walk ably lead by the Group’s Leader, Janet Willcox (and without a map!), had an excellent brisk stroll around the woods, fields, and lanes of the High Elms Country Park. The signs of autumn were beginning to appear everywhere with some rather spectacular fungi, tinges of brown and orange in the leaves of the tree, and the attractive seed heads of many a wild flower. Their next walk will cover the more open landscape of the River Medway and its flood plain east of Tonbridge. If the walkers are lucky they might spot a good range of birds...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...



    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...

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