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Anyone using email these days will get the occasional nuisance email. Some of these are “phishing” emails, designed to fool us into giving out personal information: for some tips on how to deal with these, click here.   If you are uncertain about any email, just delete it.  If it apparently comes from someone you know but looks odd, don’t reply to it: send a separate email to the person and check it that way.






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



  • Stop Press

    Download your favourite magazines for free!
    You can now download electronic versions of some of the most popular magazines for free via the Kent Libraries website. 

    As part of a one year pilot, anyone with a Kent Library card can access the Zinio service, read and download electronic copies of the latest issues of magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Auto Express, Woman & Home, Match of the Day, BBC Good Food Magazine, New Scientist and Hello! 

    Titles can be read online or downloaded to Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices via a free app and can then be read offline and kept for as long as needed. 

  • Diary Dates

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

    JULY 2016

    Thurs 28th

    HIghclere visit

    SEPTEMBER 2016

    Wed 28th

    Open Afternoon

  • Open Monthly Meetings

    JUNE 2016

    Monthly Meeting -


    There are no further meetings scheduled until September.

  • Latest Newsletter

    To view or download a copy of the July 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.

  • 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



    September 13th, 2016

    Historic Spitalfields Visit

    September 27th 2016

    Shakespeare and the Royal Court (organised by Knole U3A)

    10th October 2016

    The Lesser Known Churchill (Kent U3A Study Day)

    October 17th 2016

    The Huguenots in Kent (organised by Knole U3A)



  • 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 – Beryl Mansell
    Treasurer – Brian Cairnie
    Secretary – Judy Hebert

    Membership Secretary - Linda Gilbert
    Groups Organiser - Sue Henson
    Social Chairman - Pam Walshe
    Monthly Meetings - Nick White

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

    • Jim will be responsible for all internal affairs,
    • Beryl 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  and details of this course are at .

  • Country Walks Round 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 these volumes, including this latest, are walks 2substantial 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

  • 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 Info

  • 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; 




    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 Group Dev

  • 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 this link.

  • Comedy Of Errors

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

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As we come to the end of our academic year it is worth reflecting on the philosophy, aims and guiding principles of our U3A.  We are a learning cooperative which draws upon the knowledge, experience and skills of our own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of our membership. Our U3A offers the chance to study over 100 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, psychology, computing, crafts, photography, walking and cycling. Our approach is to learn for pleasure.  We do not require any accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. We do it for fun!

Sevenoaks U3A is run entirely by its own members to share educational, creative and leisure activities.  All members should be thinking of making a contribution in some way and volunteering to put something back into your U3A.

Our Group Organisers and other volunteers do a fantastic job but we need more members to offer to sit on our various committees.

We currently need Chairpersons for the Communications Committee and the Computer Committee.  The Social Committee is also looking for additional Committee Members.

We have over 1,000 members - WHERE ARE YOU?

Jim Purves

Email Chairman






If you are retired or semi-retired and live in Sevenoaks or surrounding areas, 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.






Change seems to be in the air for the U3A.

You may have noticed in the Winter edition of Third Age Matters there was a letter from three previous National Chairpersons with  proposals for changes in governance  of U3A and in the  Spring Edition (Page 45) Pam Jones starts a consultation by asking  questions about the future of the U3A.
     *   Is the NEC fit for purpose ?
     *   Do regions work well ?
     *   Have we wandered too far from our charitable purpose ?
     *   Will the rising pension age affect us ?
     *   Is it harder to find volunteers ?
     *   What changes should we make ?
     *   How do you see the future of the movement ?

I am going to the AGM in August to represent Sevenoaks U3A.  We are one of the larger U3As in the country and as such our views should be heard.  I am running a discussion group in July to elicit members views on these topics.   Please join me -  two hours should be enough to put together our ideas.

Email me at  if you would be willing to join the group.

Beryl Mansell






Work behind the scenes is seldom glamorous but always essential.  Sheelagh Mayes has been Chairman of the Website Team for more years than I can recall, but it is certainly ten at least, and she is now standing down from that role and moving away from Sevenoaks.  She was involved with the original version of the site, a much simpler version than the current one, and has steered the team through changes of membership, software and hosting arrangements. She has always led us with great calm and dedication despite the complexities involved, and the web team (and our U3A) owes her a debt of gratitude for all she has done.  Sheelagh has been ably assisted in this by Celia Smith, who is also standing down from the team.  We thank them both for all they have done for the website on behalf of the membership.  At the same time, we welcome two new members to the Team,

Jeff Lee
for  the Web Team






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