If you are retired or semi-retired and live in Sevenoaks or the surrounding area, we can offer you the opportunity to participate in a wide range of enjoyable social, mental and physical activities.
Our membership has grown to over 900 members in the 20 years since we were formed and new members are welcome.
If you are interested in becoming a new member, more information is available on the Want To Join page.  You can then find out how to join on the How To Join page.

Try using the Search This Site box in the top right hand  corner of this page, and on every page.

Along with this edition of the Newsletter you will be receiving a copy of the 2016-2017 Handbook. Please take time to look through it and familiarise yourselves with the extensive selection of groups and activities on offer as well as useful names and contact details.

Our next Newsletter will be delivered by direct mail to all those who have elected to receive a paper copy. You should receive your copy prior to the date of the Monthly Meeting. Members should note that copies of the Newsletter will no longer be available for collection at the Monthly Meeting.

A further consequence of transferring to direct mail (with its economic and practical advantages) is that we will no longer be able to include 3rd party flyers with the Newsletter. You will continue to receive flyers relating to our own U3A activities.

We will continue to accept 3rd party flyers to be placed on the information table at our Monthly Meetings, however these should relate to local, non commercial events only.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Open Meeting on September 28th

Jim Purves Email the Chairman

A copy of the Sevenoaks U3A Data Protection Policy can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any comments to make about this website (e.g, links which do not work, additional pages you would like to see included, etc), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Please contact the web team direct and we will do our best to incorporate the changes.

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  • Diary Dates

    More precise details of many of these events can be found on  the Calendar page


    Wednesday 28th

    Open Afternoon


    Monday 10th

    Science Open Meeting

    Wednesday 12th

    Bridge for Pleasure

    Monday 17th

    Computer Meeting

    Wednesday 19th

    Monthly Meeting

    Wednesday 19th

    Trip to Sheffield Park & Standen House

    Wednesday 26th

    Bridge for Pleasure




    Wednesday 9th

    Trip to G F Watts Gallery and Wisley

  • Monthly Open Meetings


    Monday 10th

    Scoence Open Meeting -
    Whither Our Transparent Sacks - Rubbish Recycling in Sevenoaks - Charles Nouham

    Monday 17th

    Computer Open Meeting - The History of Computing

    Wednesday 20th

    The World Garden at Lullingstone - Tom Hart-Dyke

  • 2016 Open Afternoon

    Our first meeting of the academic year 2016-2017 will be held at the Community Centre on Wednesday, 28th September.  Group representatives will have set up their stands by 2 pm, after which we hope you will all come to the Community Centre to meet up with colleagues you may not have seen this summer and, of course, to join new groups.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    Members of the Executive Committee, the Group Development Team and the group organisers themselves all look forward to seeing you there.

    Susan Henson  - Group Development Coordinator
    Email the Group Development Co-ordinator

  • 2016/17 Subscriptions

    Please remember that a new subscription structure comes into play on SEPTEMBER 20th 2016 whereby each member pays a common subscription of 13.

    • SINGLE MEMBERS: there will be no change                                                        YOU NEED NOT TAKE ANY ACTION

      You can do this through

    1. Online banking
    2. Letter to your bank
    3. By visiting your bank
  • Latest Newsletter

    To view or download a copy of the October 2016 Newsletter, please click here.

    To view the previous two issues of the Newsletter, please go to the Newsletter page, following this link.

    Copies of older newsletters are accessible on the Archive page of the website.

  • Celebration of 1000 U3A's
    U3A 1000

    A celebration of 1,000 U3As

    To mark reaching the milestone of 1,000 U3As, a special event is being held on the 22nd November at Friends House, London.

    Eric Midwinter
    (founder of the U3A movement) and Baroness Frances d'Souza (Speaker of the House of Lords) will be addressing the hall.

    Tickets cost just 5, and are available now via Eventbrite.

    To book, just click the button below or visit u3a1000.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Flyers For Forthcoming Events

    The Flyers page contains details of events in the following areas :

      *  Sevenoaks U3A
      *  Knole U3A
      *  Kent U3A Study Days
      *  Third Age Trust

    For further details for any event listed below, please go to the Flyers page



    October 10th 2016

    The Lesser Known Churchill (Kent U3A Study Day)

    October 17th 2016

    The Huguenots in Kent (organised by Knole U3A)

    December 9th  2016

    HAMALOT - or Dastardly Doings in Denmark!

  • Executive Committee News

    Minutes of all Executive Committee Meetings are published on the website.  They can be found on the Archive page.

    At the AGM on 24th June 2015, the Executive Committee was elected as follows:

    Chairman Jim Purves
    Vice Chairman Nick White
    Treasurer Brian Cairnie
    Secretary Jackie Bradforth
    Membership Secretary - Jill Davies
    Groups Organiser - Sue Henson
    Social Chairman - Pam Walshe
    Monthly Meetings - Nick White 

    The Chairman (Jim Purves) and Vice-Chairman (Nick White) will share responsibility for running Sevenoaks U3A thus:

    • Jim will be responsible for all internal affairs,
    • Nick for all external issues and organisations, eg, National Office, Kent Network meetings.
    • They will alternate in taking responsibility at the Monthly Meetings, share chairing EC meetings and cover for each other’s absence.
  • Minutes of 2015 AGM

    The minutes of the 2015 AGM can be accessed by clicking on this file.

  • Action For Happiness Course

    Do you know what makes you happy?  Would you like to explore what makes for a happy life ?  Two of our members Lys and Chris Hix are putting on an Action for Happiness course at St Julians on eight Monday evenings during July and August.  This is is a unique and inspiring course to explore what  matters for  a happy and meaningful life.  The course is based on the latest scientific evidence and is intended for people of all backgrounds, particularly those who would like to see a more positive and caring society.  The charity behind the course asks for a donation of 90 (10 per week plus 10 for the course book).
    The course will run from 19.45 to 21.45 from 4 July to 22 August and should be a lively and uplifting experience for everyone.  Please let Lys or Chris know on 01732 453991 if you would like to talk about it.  More details can be found  on  the  Action  for  Happiness  website at www.actionforhappiness.org  and details of this course are at http://afh-sevenoaks-4-jul.eventbrite.co.uk .

  • Countryside Walks Around Sevenoaks

    walks 1Nick White has completed the fifth and final local walking volume, many of these tested by members of the Half Day Walking Group. 
    Four of walks 2these volumes, i n c luding this latest, are substantial revisions to the late Roland Oakleys walking books.  Volume 5, which  was published first, are walks devised by Nick himself.  The volumes are folders containing loose-leaf walks which can be carried around separately.  All five books are available at the Sevenoaks Bookshop, at Up and Running, the Ide Hill community shop and from the Sevenoaks Society which sponsored the publication.

  • Great Comp Music Festival

    Nigel Britten says Imagine: an evening of chamber music performed by artists of international reputation in an intimate, comfortable converted stable; outside a seven acre garden in its summer splendour surrounding a 17th century manor house. This is the uniquely appealing setting for the Great Comp Festival.  The flyer, containing more details, can be downloaded here;  or visit www.greatcompmusic.org.

  • Sevenoaks U3A Drama Group

    HAMALOT or

    Hamlet 1You will all know that this is a special year for Shakespearian works, but there will be nothing quite like this !  Diana Edwardes has written a wonderful send-up of the well-known tragic tale of Hamlet. The Drama Group and a few friends will bring it to you on: Friday December 9  at Otford Village Hall. (An evening with supper). 

    We invite any members who would like to tread the boards on this special occasion to contact Pamela Murphy.

    Email for More Information

  • 2016 National U3A Conference

    A Booklet describing the agenda and prices for this year’s National Conference can be downloaded here.

  • Competitions

    There are details now available for a number of competitions :

    -   RHS Flower Show tickets;
    -   Simply Gershwin UK Autumn Tour.
    -   Kew gardens Literary Festival
    -   Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

    If you are interested and would like more information about  these current competitions, please go to the Competitions page.

  • New Table Tennis Group

    If you or any members of your group would be seriously interested in joining a U3A Table Tennis Group, please get in touch with the Group Development Officer to see whether we can get such a group going.  Please let members of your own groups know about it.

    If you need any further information, please contact Susan Henson.
    Email for More Information

  • Event Reports

    We welcome reports of events to place on the website.

    For reports on events, please go to the Event Reports page.

    Reports of older events will ultimately be saved on the Archive page.

  • National U3A (Third Age Trust) News

    For details of events publicised by the National U3A, follow click here.

  • Comedy Of Errors

    To download the flyer for this production by the Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society, please click here.

Live Longer, Live Well – Seize the Day
If you would like to see the talk given to U3A members at the Royal Society 7 June 2016 go to  https://youtube.com/watch?v=_prg77TVOQQ

Exclusive offer for U3A members.
All U3A members buying tickets for Write on Kew literary event can claim a free tea or coffee in the Gardens. A free exclusive Kew Connections literary guided walk on 22 or 23 September is also offered to U3A ticket purchasers. This offer is limited to 160 tour tickets, so book soon.

To book tickets phone 0871 2305536 or see link below. Enter promotional code U3A at checkout. The promotion is open to 31 August. www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/write-on-kew
Email the Vice Chairman
Beryl  Mansell.

Anyone using email these days will get the occasional ‘nuisance’ email. For some tips on how to deal with these, click here.

Sevenoaks U3A Constitution was revised at the 2014 AGM.
To view or download a copy of the revised constitution, please click here.

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