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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 our group due to moving away and another is taking a break due to other commitments. That means we are down to just six members and could really do with recruiting two more to join us. This is difficult in the present circumstances as l really think new people need to join an actual meeting rather than a virtual one. Do you agree? Hopefully things will have moved forward by end of September and we'll be able to have our Open Day. Here are the last three books we have read: "Once upon a River" by Diane Setterfield An historical, mystery set in the and around the villages of the upper reaches of the Thames. The story begins on a midwinter's night when regulars of an ancient inn are gathered...

  • 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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    21st March 2020

    These are books that the group have read recently and in general were well received. Why not give them a try. All these books are available to download onto Kindles and iPads or hard copies are available from Amazon. Who knows if the libraries will remain open, so those of us not out and about...

  • The Day Walkers manage to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine

    The Day Walkers manage to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine

    16th March 2020

    Ably lead by Terry Coen, the Knole Walking Group clocked up a further nine miles this month walking across the chalk hills between Shoreham and Eynsford then back along a section of the splendid Darent Valley Path. The walk offered fine views of the Darent Valley and signs of Spring were...

    • Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
    • White variety of the Sweet Violet showing its purple spur
    • Sweet violet (Viola odurata)
  • Members Visit the Cartoon Museum and the earliest Police Station in Britain

    Members Visit the Cartoon Museum and the earliest Police Station in Britain

    26th February 2020

    The London Studies 1 group got off to a good start for its January and February meetings with two excellent visits to the Cartoon Museum and the Marine Police Museum in Wapping. The Cartoon Museum in Wells Street is well worth a visit and covers the early history of cartoons in the late 18th...

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    • Cartoon Museum
  • Historic Houses Group's Grand Day Out

    Historic Houses Group's Grand Day Out

    24th February 2020

    U3A Historic Houses Group had a Grand Day Out in London this month, in the lovely Blue Plaque area, north of the West End. The Rudolph Steiner House was interesting and unusual. Designed to be different, it is a reflection of the Swiss Philosopher’s wish to keep to a simple, individualistic...

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    • Rudolph Steiner House
    • Hertford House
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