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Knole U3A AGM
28th September 2020 14:00 - 14:30

Sevenoaks Computer Group - Virtual meeting
19th October 2020 14:00 - 15:00

Monthly Meeting
26th October 2020 14:00 - 16:00

Monthy Meeting
23rd November 2020 14:00 - 16:00

Monthly Meeting
25th January 2021 14:00 - 16:00

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  • NEW GROUP - The Knole Botany Group

    NEW GROUP - The Knole Botany Group

    9th September 2020

    Interested in finding and the botanical identification of wild and naturalised plants in Kent? This is the group for you. Members will learn how to confidently identify and record plants. This will be a very practical group with meetings outside in small groups and visiting a range of sites in our area. Some of the early preparatory meetings will be via Zoom. Advice will be given how to start recording plants using nationally agreed botanical standards. Please contact me if you are interested in joining us. The first meetings will take place in October at dates to be agreed by the members. Subject to interest we may also have visits to sites outside Kent. Alan Heyes botany@knoleu3a.org.uk ...

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  • The Garden Group visit a garden created by Vita Sackville West

    The Garden Group visit a garden created by Vita Sackville West

    8th September 2020

    For its first garden visit for several months, Knole’s Garden Group visited a superb historic garden close to home – Long Barn at Sevenoaks Weald village. The current owner, Rebecca Lemonius, gave us an excellent talk on the history of the house and garden with the house itself dating back to the...

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  • Half-day Walking Group enjoy the countryside around High Elms

    Half-day Walking Group enjoy the countryside around High Elms

    3rd September 2020

    The Half-day Walking group enjoyed the countryside between Farnborough and High Elms with a pleasant five and half mile stroll through fields and woodland this month. The Nature Reserve there is great for seeing orchids and other wild flowers in early July. The High Elms Country Park through...

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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...

  • 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...

  • RIVERHILL GARDENS, SEVENOAKS – GOLDEN HOURS OPENING

    RIVERHILL GARDENS, SEVENOAKS – GOLDEN HOURS OPENING

    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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  • BOOK GROUP 1 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HELP IN SITTING OUT THE CORONAVIRUS

    BOOK GROUP 1 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HELP IN SITTING OUT THE CORONAVIRUS

    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...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

  • The Science Group hear all about Architectural Glass

    The Science Group hear all about Architectural Glass

    6th February 2020

    Knole’s Science Group were formed nearly 10 year ago and in that time organised a comprehensive series of talks on science and technology issues. The current programme that commenced last October has already covered such diverse topics as Looking for life in space, Mathematical modelling of the...

  • Kent History Group

    Kent History Group

    5th February 2020

    Knole’s History Group aim is to research and then give talks on a wide range of industrial and socio-economic history directly relevant to the county. Recent talks researched by its members have included the early history of the country, the salt industry and the history of the development of the...

  • 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...

  • The Day Walking Group take a 7 mile stroll and visit Haysden Park

    The Day Walking Group take a 7 mile stroll and visit Haysden Park

    20th January 2020

    The Day Walking group braved the rather damp weather in January and had their first walk of the year which embraced a good deal of Haysden Country Park just to the west of Tonbridge. Its 161 acre area encompasses a range of habitats including river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland and...

  • 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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