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Sevenoaks U3A Constitution was revised at the 2014 AGM.
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  • Diary Dates

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

    APRIL  2016

    Mon 11th

    Apple Group

    Mon 11th

    Science Group - Diagnostics in a digital age

    Wed 13th


    Mon 18th

    Computer Group - Library Internet Services

    Tues 19th


    Wed 20th


    Thurs 21st

    King’s Cross visit

    Mon 25th

    Half Day Walking

    Wed 27th


    Wed 27th

    Monthly Meeting - Diana Small, Covent Garden

    MAY 2016

    Fri 13th*

    Computer Group

    Mon 16th*

    Apple Group

    Wed 18th

    Dungeness visit

    Thurs 19th

    Jazz Study Afternoon

    Wed 25th

    Monthly Meeting - Social & Political Satire of Gilbert & Sullivan

    JUNE 2016

    Thurs 9th

    Science Group Study Day: The ageing brain - Use it or Lose it

    Wed 29th

    Wimpole Estate visit

    JULY 2016

    Thurs 28th

    HIghclere visit

  • Open Monthly Meetings

    APRIL 2016

    Science Group Meeting

    Mon 11th April

    Diagnostics in a Digital Age

    Computer Group Meeting

    Mon 18th April

    Library Internet Services

    Monthly Meeting - April

    Wed 27th April


    Covent Garden - Diana Small

  • Latest Newsletter

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

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

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

  • Sevenoaks U3A 2016 AGM

    This year’s AGM will be held at the Community Centre at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd June.
    Nominations for the posts of Secretary and Membership Secretary have already been received; Judy Hebert and Linda Gilbert will be stepping down at the AGM.
    The following papers will be sent to all members with the June Newsletter, published on 25th May; those taking the hard copy Newsletter will receive paper versions and those taking the eNewsletter will receive theirs electronically:
    -  The Agenda
    -  The Trustees’ Annual Report
    The Accounts
    -  The draft Minutes of the 2015 AGM
    Paper versions of the draft 2015 Minutes will be placed on chairs at the AGM; please bring your own copies of the other AGM papers.
    If any member wishes to put forward a motion to be debated at the AGM, it must be received by the Secretary no later than Wednesday 25th May.  The motion must have a formal proposer and seconder.
    Following the AGM, a talk will be given by Nigel Cox and a co-presenter, both Kent magistrates, on the topic Magistrates in the Community . They will explain the way the courts work and include a case study for the audience to consider as to verdict and sentence. 
    At the end of the afternoon, our hospitality team will be serving tea and cakes as usual.

  • 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 :

    -  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.

  • New Table Tennis Group

    Are you free to come and play Table Tennis on Wednesday morning, 11th May, at the Leisure Centre ?

    We have been offered a free morning of table tennis from 10 - 12 and if you or any members of your group would be seriously interested in joining a U3A Table Tennis Group, please do come along and meet those who have already expressed an interest to see whether we can get such a group going.  Please let members of your groups know about it.

    If you need any further information, please contact Susan Henson.

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  • Knole U3A Visit to Woburn Abbey

      Click here for flyer.

  • Kentish Opera - Macbeth

      Click here for flyer.

  • Visit to Highclere Castle

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  • Beautiful World of Orchids RHS

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  • King's Cross Trip

    Click here for details

  • Dungeness Trip

    Click here for details

  • The Blues Roll On

    19th May 2016. Click here for details.

  • The Ageing Brain - Study Day

    9th June 2016. Click here for details.

  • Wimpole Estate visit

    28th July. Click here for details.

  • Flyers for Events

    To see all the latest flyers for events organised by our own U3A and by the Third Age Trust, please go to the Flyers page.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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West Kent Social Services has published a very useful 32 page document called “Living life to the full in West Kent”. It explains how to make the most of life as you get older and tells you where to find information if you need support.
There are chapters on:
Keeping healthy and well with sections  on lifelong learning and looking after your health; 
Dealing with life changes such as caring for some one and keeping mobile;
Financial, legal and housing matters, which in cludes information  on  entitlements  and  wills;
Keeping safe with advice on accident prevention and reducing risks
Useful contacts and information The document is on our website, can be downloaded at or copies (including braille, audio or large print) can be obtained by contacting West Kent Customer Care on: 01732 525187

Jessica Douthwaite, a PhD student working with the Imperial War Museum and the University of Strathclyde, is researching the public’s experience of the Cold War from 1945 to 1962 through oral history interviews. She is interested in talking to men and women about their daily lives, families, jobs, leisure time and awareness of the Cold War especially in the 1950s. If you would like to be involved please email her at

Beryl Mansell.






This is the time of year when we begin to plan our Handbook for next year (2016-2017). The Handbook is an important reference for both new and existing members giving updated information on all our group activities, the contact details of our Group Organisers and members of our various committees.

Susan Henson, the Group Co-ordinator, will be writing to all the Group Organisers requesting updated information on their groups. May I ask you to respond to Susan as quickly as you can, there is much to do in the preparation of the Handbook and your speedy response will assist her in getting the Handbook printed in good time.

On another point, the Chair of the Computer Group, Mike Bamforth, wishes to step down and we are seeking a volunteer to take over his role. If you are interested and wish to find out more - please contact Mike or me.

Some of our language groups, particularly Italian, are struggling to find a native speaker or someone with good language skills to lead their group. If you feel you could help with this, please get in touch.
I hope to see many of you at our Jazz and Blues Workshop in May, and our Science Study Day in June.

Jim Purves

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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.



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