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.
Anyone using email these days will get the occasional ‘nuisance’ email. For some tips on how to deal with these, clickhere.
Sevenoaks U3A Constitution was revised at the 2014 AGM. To view or download a copy of the revised constitution, please click on thislink.
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 .
Nick 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 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.
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.
You 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.
There are details now available for a number of competitions :
- Karl Jenkins’ Requiem Concerts; - Trip to the Cotswolds; - Battle Proms Picnic Concerts; - Globe Theatre experience; - Haydn at St John’s Smith Square; - RHS Flower Show tickets; - Visits to WWT Wetland Centres.
If you are interested and would like more information about these current competitions, please go to the Competitions page.
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.
Try using the Google Search box at the bottom of this page, and on every page.
CHAIRMAN’S CHAT FOR JULY
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?
WELCOME TO THE SEVENOAKS U3A WEBSITE
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.
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, Frank Matthews and Margaret Sinden.
Jeff Lee for the Web Team
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