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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 miles to a day walk of 10-12 miles. It is also a great area to come across many fine medieval buildings as well as fine views of the Wealden landscape. OS Explorer Map 147 is all you need, plus some good boots of course to explore this area. As you can see from the photographs, some of the half day walking group also get a laugh from struggling with gates! ...

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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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    • Inside City Hall
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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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Buying/Selling/Giving via the Web

    25th January 2019

    Have you had any experience of buying, selling or giving stuff away via the internet? If so, the Computer Group would love to hear about it! This is the topic of their next meeting, on 28th February - it will be a very interactive and informal meeting, open to all. Please come along and share your...

  • MOT3 Enjoy a Night at the Theatre

    MOT3 Enjoy a Night at the Theatre

    25th January 2019

    The new MOT3 Group had their first outing together to The Beefeater Restaurant (4 of them) and then The Oast Theatre (7 of them) to see Ladies in Lavender and one of the members of the group was performing in the play. It was a very enjoyable evening. ...

  • London Studies 5 at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    London Studies 5 at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    24th January 2019

    On 24th.January, London Studies 5 had a tour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. What an amazing place it was, with marble columns, statues, and paintings, plus a wonderful decorative internal atrium called the Durbar Court. The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas,...

  • The Day Walking Group in November

    The Day Walking Group in November

    15th January 2019

    The Day Walking Group braved the late November weather to discover a great 10-mile across downland near Biggin Hill ably lead by Brenda and Lance. The chalk downland between Biggin Hill and Warlingham is surprisingly excellent walking country with fine views of rolling hills and wooded...

  • Science for all - January 2019

    Science for all - January 2019

    15th January 2019

    Science for All Knole’s Science Group is now entering its seventh year of operation and for its January meeting its Committee thought it would try something new and have a Gresham College video talk – about the health benefits of Sunshine! Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been...

  • Industrial Heritage Outing

    Industrial Heritage Outing

    15th January 2019

    Industrial Heritage Group The Industrial Heritage Group is now well into its fourth year of operation and it has covered a surprisingly wide range of talks and visits. The philosophy of the group is that its members research a particular topic then give a presentation to the whole group. The...

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  • Amblers 2 Walking Group

    Amblers 2 Walking Group

    15th January 2019

    AMBLERS 2 WALKING GROUP – enjoy a well-deserved cup of coffee at Shoreham Golf Course on our recent walk which included Otford and Shoreham. We walk about 3-4 miles at a moderate pace on the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning. If you would like to join us, please contact...

  • London Studies get to eat in Brixton Prison

    London Studies get to eat in Brixton Prison

    28th November 2018

    London Studies get to eat in Brixton Prison  London Studies programme of visits over the past 9 years reads like a bible of the best London has to offer in terms of its history, iconic buildings and examples of the depth and breadth of its culture. Its November visit to the Capital added an...

  • MOT2 Dine Out

    22nd November 2018

    On Thursday evening several members of MOT2 visited The Artisan Restaurant at West Kent College for dinner. We went to reception and a young man came and escorted us to the restaurant on the 3rd floor via a lift. The restaurant is very nicely presented and has a pleasant atmosphere. The food...

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