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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 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 Irises – a subject he is especially knowledgeable about as a RHS Iris judge and former member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee! He is also a leading light in the Iris Society – no one better to come and talk about Irises! Chris’s talk was beautifully illustrated with photographs of many of his own Irises produced on two allotments in Otford. He also illustrated his talk with some of his own well executed watercolours, He gave plenty of advice on how to grow these lovely ornamental plants from the regale bearded rhizome irises to the smaller bulb irises which flower early in the Spring. With some 300 species to chose from, growing a few Irises in your garden this year well worth a try! The...

    • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

    • London Library
    • Smallest Police Box
  • 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...

  • 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...

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