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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. Lionelís talk explained the different natural materials that were used to manufacture rope, their cultivation as well as the fascinating process of making it. Many of us were very surprised to hear about some of the unusual locations where rope making can be seen today such as the Treat Cliff Cavern, Peak District. Rope making was an essential product to many of the past industries in Kent and importantly to the Royal Navy. As a prelude to the talk the group visited Chatham Dockyard in June last year to see the manufacture of rope at one of the few working ropewalks in the country Ė well worth a visit). The group intends to widen its research to embrace other aspects of Kent history from...

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  • 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 Londonís 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...

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  • 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 Kentís finest gardens and organised some fascinating talks from experienced, and often very well known gardeners. Its March meeting was especially memorable as one of Knoleís own members, Chris Towers, gave a fascinating talk about...

    • Chris's allotment views!
    • Chris's allotment views!
  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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) Ė 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 Ė 1985, and then...

  • Kentís industrial past uncovered

    Kentís industrial past uncovered

    7th March 2019

    Knoleís 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...

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  • 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...

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    • Smallest Police Box
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