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24th February 2020 14:00 - 16:00

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27th February 2020 14:00 - 16:00

Science Open Group
5th March 2020 14:30 - 16:30

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9th March 2020 14:00 - 16:00

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12th March 2020 10:30

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  • Birdwatching Group Brave Puddles

    16th February 2020

    The Birdwatching Group enjoyed a trip to Nutfield Marshes on 7th February. They were guided by Michael, an old friend of the group who works for Surrey Wildlife Trust. We enjoyed a circular walk around the reserve and saw 39 species of birds including a wigeon, several snipe and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker at the top of a tree. The recent rain meant that part of the walk was waterlogged so most of the group wore wellington boots and we had to paddle though several puddles to complete the circuit. ...

  • A prize is a prize after all - isn't it?

    A prize is a prize after all - isn't it?

    24th January 2020

    Several members of MOT2 and MOT3 attended a quiz at Hadlow Manor Hotel organised by Tonbridge Lions as a fund raising event and unfortunately our knowledge did not match our enthusiasm and we won the wooden spoon prize! But it was a fun evening and we enjoyed it. The questions, we felt, were...

  • MOT3 getting into the Christmas spirit

    18th December 2019

    After the recent trips to fashion and jazz events, it was time to get into the festive spirit and have a few drinks! Some MOT3 members went to Westerham Brewery for a tour and tasting. We had tokens in exchange for our ticket,s which in turn could be exchanged for food, beer or wine - and then the...

  • London Studies 2

    London Studies 2

    11th December 2019

    Our December jaunt was a 'Christmas lights and windows walk' around famous shopping arcades finishing at Handel's church, rounded off with a lunch at Davy's of St James (some retail therapy was undertaken!) We would like to recruit a few more members so if you are interested in visiting...

  • MOT3 - and all that jazz....

    8th December 2019

    On 8th December some members of MOT3 went to St Mary's church at Halstead for their Christmas Jazz Carol Concert which is an annual fund raiser for the church and it was packed with enthusiastic people ready to have a festive sing along to popular songs and carols which everyone...

  • Yet more fashion for MOT3

    5th December 2019

    Another outing this time to the Fashion and Textile Museum to see an exhibition about Zandra Rhodes - another big influence on fashion. This exhibition is to celebrate her 50 years in the textile and fashion business and whether her style and designs apppeal to you there were some stunning...

  • Science Group get a briefing about innovative nuclear reactors and hold its first quiz night!

    Science Group get a briefing about innovative nuclear reactors and hold its first quiz night!

    5th December 2019

    Knole’s Science Group has just completed its 7th year of organising and hosting a wide range of talks and the December talk by Dr Mel Draper CBE was particularly rewarding. Dr Draper gave us a thorough briefing about the research underway to develop innovative nuclear power reactors that offer...

  • Gresham College Seminar Programme gets underway

    Gresham College Seminar Programme gets underway

    4th December 2019

    Knole started a new monthly seminar series last November using the Gresham College lectures - held on the second Wednesday of the month, 2-4pm at Holmesdale Bowls Club. The session starts with a viewing of a chosen talk, followed by a discussion and tea. The available lectures cover a wider...

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  • The Kent History hear all about the Making of Kent

    The Kent History hear all about the Making of Kent

    4th December 2019

    The Kent History Group aim to study Kent’s socio-economic and industry heritage through research, field studies and visits to sites across the county. The format of the meetings is that one or two members research a topic and then give a talk to the group. For their November and December...

  • London Studies 1 hear all about the symbolism of the Painted Hall

    London Studies 1 hear all about the symbolism of the Painted Hall

    27th November 2019

    The November visit by London Studies 1 to the Old Royal Naval College, ably led by Anne Green, was a particularly fascinating educational experience as the group was given an excellent talk on the symbolism behind the painted interior of the Painted Hall. The Hall was built as a grand ceremonial...

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  • Fashionistas - that's MOT3!

    20th November 2019

    Several members of MOT 3 visited the Mary Quant exhibition at the V & A and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. For some of us it was looking back to the clothes we were wearing in the sixties and how Mary Quant together with Vidal Sasoon influenced fashion at the time to a huge extent and created a...

  • Gallery Group 1 go to the Hayward Gallery

    Gallery Group 1 go to the Hayward Gallery

    12th November 2019

    The exhibition visited was ‘Bridget Riley’ - which brought together paintings, drawings and preparatory works of this innovative British abstract artist, spanning seventy years. The exhibition began by reflecting on the early influences on Bridget Riley of the techniques and colour used by...

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  • The Half Day walking group struggle with a gate!

    The Half Day walking group struggle with a gate!

    5th November 2019

    The half day walking group led by Janet Willcox enjoyed another circular walk of five and a half mile around Edenbridge in October. The countryside around Edenbridge is excellent walking country with a myriad of footpaths available to construct a number of walks of various lengths from just a few...

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  • Historic Houses Group visit a Modernist House

    Historic Houses Group visit a Modernist House

    5th November 2019

    The Homewood is a delightful, authentic modernist house in Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JL. Designed by architect Patrick Gwynne for his parents in 1938, and was given by Gwynne to the National Trust in 1999. Our visit to 'A House on Stilts' was enjoyed by all. Built and furnished in the classical...

  • The Strollers enjoyed a late summer walk in Petts Wood

    5th November 2019

    There are many walks in most National Trust managed woods and Petts Wood is ideal for a stroll at any time of the year. We particularly wanted to see the memorial to William Willett. It was his early work in 1907 that paved the way for the government to think of British Summer time. In 1914,...

  • London Studies 5 visit the Chelsea Pensioners

    London Studies 5 visit the Chelsea Pensioners

    5th November 2019

    Despite the rain, London Studies 5 had a very enjoyable visit to Royal Hospital Chelsea late September. Their guide, Geoff, was very informative and entertaining too - especially as he's only been a resident for about 15months! The Royal Hospital is well worth a visit any time as either as a...

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  • London Studies 1 group have two trips to the City

    London Studies 1 group have two trips to the City

    30th October 2019

    The first of our London Studies groups, despite being established 10 years ago, is still managing to find fascinating places to research and visit. In September the group visited the new Rooftop garden at 120 Fenchurch Street (which is open to the public) and the Guildhall, to see the excellent...

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  • London Studies 8 visit the Wallace Collection

    London Studies 8 visit the Wallace Collection

    15th October 2019

    London Studies 8 have been meeting bi-monthly since starting up in the Spring of this year. We have now grown to 17 in number after the Open Afternoon in September resulted in a few new members, and held our planning meeting recently for 2020. It has been decided to meet on a more frequent basis...

  • Students Provide Fine Dining

    Students Provide Fine Dining

    19th September 2019

    On Thursday 19th October some members of the evening dining group visited The Artisan Restaurant at West Kent College and had a really enjoyable experience. The students cook the food, wait on table and do all the things required in a Restaurant. Our waiter was a charming young...

  • Italian Conversation Group

    Italian Conversation Group

    5th September 2019

    Our Italian group continues with strength (although our latest book reading has been a challenge for all of us as we battle to understand an adult novel by Natalia Ginsburg in 1973). We meet regularly and we would like to think that our Italian is improving. To this end we hijacked a native...

  • The Topical Talk Group take a break from their discussions!

    The Topical Talk Group take a break from their discussions!

    5th September 2019

    As a change from our usual discussions we took an opportunity to visit Woodchurch Vineyard near Tenterden. Even there the shadow of Brexit was about, when Graeme Barbour our host explained that all wine making apparatus is imported including the bottles. Our grand day out concluded in fine U3A...

  • Knole Industrial Heritage talk reaches wider audience

    Knole Industrial Heritage talk reaches wider audience

    5th September 2019

    Following his well researched talk on Water Mills of the River Darent to the Group, Knole member Lionel Parks was invited to give his talk to Eynsford Local History Group, which was also well received. An unexpected and exciting outcome was that the one of their members mentioned that she lived...

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  • Book Club 1 Recommends.......

    Book Club 1 Recommends.......

    27th August 2019

    Our group has read three very different books over the summer months, which may be of interest to other Knole members for their remaining summer reading and for the autumn. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens A story of a young girl abandoned by her family, as one after another leave, to...

  • Report from Digital Camera Group 5

    Report from Digital Camera Group 5

    26th August 2019

    In July, many members of our group went on a photo shoot trip to London meeting at London Bridge for a coffee stop. We then enjoyed several hours photographing the sights on our way to Tower Bridge. This has become a very well laid out tourist attraction with many information boards and...

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  • It's Hard to be the Princess

    It's Hard to be the Princess

    22nd August 2019

    A reminder on the wall of Provender House near Faversham to Princess Olga Romanoff that the burdens of royalty continue to weigh heavy long after the monarchy has passed. The Princess, the daughter of the eldest nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, was our guide when the Historic Houses Group visited her...

  • The Garden Group visit a spectacular new garden in Rochester

    The Garden Group visit a spectacular new garden in Rochester

    22nd August 2019

    For its August visit the Garden Group visited the Restoration House and gardens in Rochester. The house is an amalgamation of two medieval buildings. Situated in the heart of historic Rochester the house takes its name from the stay of King Charles II on the eve of the Restoration. Over the past...

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  • The Day Walking Group

    The Day Walking Group

    19th August 2019

    For their August 10 mile hike, the intrepid Knole Day Walking Group explored the countryside south of Cudham to the North Downs above Chevening. This area although close to Knockholt and Westerham (and the M25), provides excellent walking country with fine views as you would expect in classical...

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  • London Studies 4 visit a superb 17th house

    London Studies 4 visit a superb 17th house

    27th June 2019

    London Studies 4 visit Ham House and Garden just south of Richmond. Built in 1610 it is one of the finest examples of Stuart architecture in England with unchanged interiors and a superb collection of paintings, furniture and wall hangings, most of which date back to the 17th century ...

  • London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

    London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

    26th June 2019

    One of the early London Studies 1 visits was to the quirky John Soane museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, on another outing we admired the memorial to his wife built in St Pancras churchyard. Almost 10 years later the group is still very active with many founder members and we have just visited...

  • The Day Walkers enjoy excellent Wealden views and wild flowers galore

    The Day Walkers enjoy excellent Wealden views and wild flowers galore

    17th June 2019

    The June Day walk was not only memorable for another 10 mile stroll, and excellent views of the lovely countryside east and south of Sevenoaks, but the wonderful array of wild flowers either side of the paths we walked – even in woodland. Substantial patches of bilberries (with fruit already well...

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  • Gallery group 1 visit a revamped Queen’s House

    Gallery group 1 visit a revamped Queen’s House

    11th June 2019

    The Gallery Group had a visit to the newly refurbished Queen’s House, Greenwich in June. This venue is free to visitors, but the groups paid for a guided visit, and were rewarded by learning about the interesting history of the building and its royal owners. Particularly wonderful was the newly...

  • The Strollers enjoy the sun

    The Strollers enjoy the sun

    3rd June 2019

    The Strollers enjoy the sunshine during a walk in Willet Memorial Woods, Chiselhurst. The wood is named after a prominent Edwardian builder who lived in Chislehurst. He was a keen supporter of outside activities and was an early promoter of British Summer Time to encourage people to make the most...

  • An allotment with no vegetables just gorgeous Iris flowers

    An allotment with no vegetables just gorgeous Iris flowers

    31st May 2019

    Tucked away behind the children’s playground and some tennis courts in Otford are some typical allotments you might see anywhere in a village, town or city. Unlike most allotments though the Otford one boast some spectacular flowers grown by one of our members - Chris Towers. We were there to see...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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. ...

  • 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...

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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 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...

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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...

    • 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...

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