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.

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Notice of our increase in subscriptions for joint membership has been widely advertised since April this year both at Monthly Meetings and in the April/June/July/September and October Newsletters.

Despite this over 100 joint members (that is over 200 individual members) have failed to take any action and have not changed their standing orders.  The ethos of our U3A is that it is a cooperative organisation run by the members for the benefit of the members. We all have to make a contribution, large or small. However the minimum requirement is that we all pay our subscriptions in full and on time.

It is sad that 20% of our membership have failed, for whatever reason, to pay the full subscription. Besides the additional work in collecting delayed payments this will place on our Treasurer & Membership Secretary it also means there is upwards of 1,000 shortfall in our budgeted income.

If you are a joint member who has not yet changed your standing order, please do so without further delay and send a cheque for 8 to the Treasurer, Brian Cairnie at Riverside, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PH.

On a more positive note I would like to thank Susan Henson and her team and all the Group Organisers for making our Open afternoon such a success.
Email the Chairman
Jim Purves         

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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 26th

    Bridge for Pleasure

    Wednesday 26th

    Monthly Meeting




    Wednesday 9th

    Trip to G F Watts Gallery and Wisley

    Wednesday 9th

    Bridge For Pleasure

    Monday 14th

    Science Group

    Wednesday 16th


    Monday 21st

    Computer Group

    Wednesday 23rd

    Monthly Meeting

    Wednesday 23rd

    Bridge For Pleasure

    Monday 28th

    Half Day Walking

    Monday 28th

    Apple Group

  • Monthly Open Meetings


    Wednesday 19th

    The World Garden at Lullingstone - Tom Hart-Dyke


    Monday 14th

    Science Group
    Keeping patients good and quiet during surgery: an introduction to the history of anaesthesia.   Talk by Tim Betts

    Monday 21st

    Computer Group
    Windows 10 update. Presentation by Russell Long

    Wednesday 23rd

    Monthly Meeting
    Pestalozzi Village.  A presentation by Sue Walton, CEO of Pestalozzi UK.

    Monday 28th

    Apple Group
    iPad, iMac, iPhone & Apple Watch
    led by Dave Simmons

  • 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
  • Festive Winter Lunch

    Get ready to drive the winter blues away. Book your place at our Winter Lunch on Friday 10 February 2017 at Wildernesse Golf Club. Click here for the flyer with full details; just print it out, fill it in and send it to Pam Walshe.

  • Latest Newsletter

    To view or download a copy of the November 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



    November 9th 2016

    Watts Gallery & Wisley Garden visit

    December 9th   2016

    HAMALOT - or Dastardly Doings in Denmark!

    February 10th 2017

    Festive Winter Lunch

  • 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.
  • 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,

  • New Science Discussion Group

    Interest was shown at the Open Afternoon in forming a second Science Discussion Group. For this to become a reality additional members are needed. The group would follow the same structure as the existing group and will explore and discuss areas of scientific interest. Subjects are chosen by members from a wide range of possible areas, including current scientific debates as well as historical subjects to expand our knowledge of the world. No prior scientific expertise is needed, just a keenness to participate.
    For further information contact me.

    Bob Ruffles

  • September Open Afternoon

    We had a goodly turn out of groups at the Open Afternoon on 28th September – not without considerable rounding up by me !
    As usual, some groups were able to sign up new members and others had less luck. There were one or two visitors who had to go on a waiting list but the longest list was once again for Singing for Fun.
    We have been searching since last year for a suitable leader and accompanist to form a new singing group but to no avail. If anyone knows of a possible musician to accompany such a group, please let me know.
    Congratulations to Brian Alleeson who as a result of the Open Afternoon has decided to set up a further Wine Group. We wish him and the group well. 
    Meanwhile Bob Ruffles is trying to set up a second Science Discussion group (see under News from the Groups).
    We were a little disappointed at the number of ordinary members who turned up that afternoon and will make a concerted effort to ensure that next year’s event is more widely advertised.

    Susan Henson
    Group Development Coordinator

  • Minutes of 2015 AGM

    The minutes of the 2015 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.

  • 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

  • Competitions

    There are details now available for a number of competitions :

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

  • 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.

We need volunteers to fill 2 vacancies on the Executive Committee. In addition to the responsibilities outlined below, candidates who fill these posts will become Executive Committee members and would be expected to attend EC meetings and as active members of the Committee make a contribution to the running of our U3A.

To Chair the Communications Committee and act as liaison between the Web Team, the Newsletter Team and our members and third party suppliers responsible for internal and external distribution.

To act as liaison between the Executive Committee and other U3A organizations such as National Office, U3A Kent Network, South East Forum and local U3As.

If you are interested in either of these committee posts please contact me for a chat.
Email the Chairman
Jim Purves

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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