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.

Much of my time these days is spent trying to persuade Members to take on committee posts.  I can’t be very good at it because I am having little success!

Our current Treasurer Brian Cairnie comes to the end of his term in a few months time and we need to find a replacement. I have asked a number of Members but all have declined.

I need to be very clear with Members regarding the consequences of not having a Treasurer in place on the Executive Committee. It is a requirement of both our own Constitution and the Charity Commission that our funds are properly managed. Without a Treasurer in place we would have to limit our financial activities to the bare minimum. There
are certain bills we would have to pay (such as the Third Age Trust levy), but other items of expenditure such as the printed newsletter, hall hire, capital equipment etc would have to be reviewed and in some cases stopped.  Furthermore we could only carry on limping along like this for another year at which point we would have no alternative but to wind up our U3A.

The ethos of our U3A is that we are a learning cooperative. Our success depends on all of us contributing in some way and thanks are due to those who already do. We are a 1,000 strong and it should not be so difficult to get Members to take on committee roles - but it is!

So, please consider what you can do to contribute to your U3A - particularly with regard to the Treasurer’s job - so that we can confidently look forward to the future. Please give me a call.

   Jim Purves
   ChairmanEmail 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.

  • Stop Press

    Seasonal weather may  affect events.
    Please check the website in the event of bad weather for any  news of cancellation or changes to programmes.

    Please note: flyers for events can be found by

     clicking on MEMBERS’ INFO at the top of this

     home page, not in the News section as

    mentioned in the Newsletter.   Apologies for

    this error on my part.

    Jeff Lee, Website Chair

    Germany Munich visit 15-19 May 2017

    See Members Info/Flyers for details.  Closing date for applications is 31 January 2017.

  • 2017 Summer Schools

    Details of the 2017 South East Forum Summer School at Chichester are now available on the Summer Schools page.

  • MOOCs

    MOOCs (Massive Open Onine Courses) are generally available (many for free) from a multitude of academic sources, both within the UK and abroad.

    A new page has been added to the website providing a relatively comprehensive listing of the thousands of courses available, and providing links to the website of each of the institutions involved.

    For further information, please go to the MOOCs page.

  • Diary & Forthcoming Events

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

    For Open Meetings scheduled throughout the year  follow this link

    February 2017

    Mon 20th

    Computer Group

    Wednesday 22nd

    General Meeting

    Thursday 23rd

    Canterbury Trip

    Monday 27th

    Half Day Walking



    March 2017

    Wednesday 8th

    Bridge for Pleasure

    Monday 13th

    Science Group

    Wednesday 15th

    Ambling Group

    Thursday 16th

    U3A Explores Science at the RI

    Monday 20th

    Computer Group

    Wednesday 22nd

    Bridge for Pleasure

    Wednesday 22nd

    Monthly Meeting

    Monday 27th

    Half Day Walking

    Monday 27th

    Apple Group

    Tuesday 28th

    Crossness Pumping Station Visit

    Wednesday 29th

    Half a Sixpence Theatre Visit



    April 2017

    Monday 10th

    Science Open Meeting

    Sunday 23rd

    Brick Lane Music Hall

    April 25-28th 2017

    Sevenoaks U3A Arts Exhibition

    Wednesday 26th

    General Meeting

    Monday 27th

    Apple Group

    Monday 27th

    Computer Meeting



    May 2017

    Tuesday 9th

    West End Sing Out

    Tuesday 16th

    Jazz Afternoon-Bongos, Timbales and Maracas

    Thursday 18th

    Sevenoaks U3A Trip to Lewes, Sussex

    Thursday 18th

    Beneath your Feet: Hidden depths of Roman London











  • 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 latest Newsletter, please click here.

    To view previous issues of the Newsletter, please click here.


  • Executive Committee News

    Minutes of all Executive Committee Meetings are published on the website.  They can be found by this link.

    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.

  • Hospitality Team

    Serving tea and cakes at monthly meetings requires a team of helpers to work with Di Latter. Di has a list of volunteers who help on a roster basis, but she always needs more especially when people drop out at the last minute. A list was put up at the Open Afternoon and several members added their names, but unfortunately it disappeared during the tidying up at the end of the afternoon.

    If you put your name on the list, or would be prepared to help now and again please contact

    Di Latter,
    Tel :   01732 455761,

  • Minutes of 2015 AGM

    Minutes of any AGM are approved by those in attendance at the following year’s AGM, normally held in June.

    The minutes of the 2015 AGM (approved at the 2016 AGM) can be accessed by clicking on this file.

  • 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.

  • Competitions

    Alerts about competitions likely to be of interest to members will be placed here. 

    Click on Competitions to see any detailed 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.

  • Science Study Day

    A Science Study day will be held on Wednesday 14th June at the Orchards Conference Centre East Malling.

    The study day will address Climate Change,: Facts, Causes and Consequences.

    A flyer to book for this event can be obtained from this link

  • SE Region News

    SE Region Newsletter

    Hilvary Robinson our SE Region Representative has issued  her annual  News letter containing several items of interest.

    SE Newsletter

    Celebration of 1000 U3As

    A flyer advertising a Youtube video of the Celebration of 1000 U3As is available

    Special offers for U3A Members
    U3A Members can now purchase a 3-month National Art Pass for just 10.

     Visit artfund.org/u3a for more information. You have until 20th March 2017 to take advantage of this offer.
    Additionally, use the discount code U3A2017 for 10% off all services at my-history.co.uk.
    nal Art Pass


  • Sevenoaks U3A Art Exhibition

    SEVENOAKS U3A ARTS EXHIBITION will be held at the KNOLE ACADEMY, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks  between 25th-28th April.

    For More details follow this link

  • Jazz Afternoon

    Bongos, Timbales and Maracas

    The Jazz and Blues Group are organising an afternoon of Music with Musicians of the Latin band.

    Tuesday 16th May - For Flyer and booking form follow this link

    Venue Otford Village Memorial Hall 13:45

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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Knole House
Otford In Winter
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Please note:  flyers for events can be found by clicking on MEMBERS’ INFO at the top of this home page, not in the News section as mentioned in the Newsletter.   Apologies for this error on my part.

Jeff Lee, Website Chair

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