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  • Art - Painting


    We paint in almost every medium and subject without specific instruction. When assistance is required we help each other. The occasional trip to London visiting Art Galleries is enjoyed (for inspiration perhaps). Exhibitions are also arranged.
    We meet in Seal Village Hall each Thursday morning, starting on first Thursday in September.  For further information, please contact :

    Art painting 300

    Contact :   Pamela Murphy

    Meetings :   Thursday, weekly, 10.00 - 1.00


  • Botanical Painting


    We are a small, friendly, self-help group which meets fortnightly using watercolour to paint flowers, fruit, or vegetables in a botanical manner.  A new members will be welcomed and encouraged. Please contact the Group Organiser  for more details.

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    Contact :  Janet Wilson

    Meetings :   Thursday,  1st & 3rd,   10.00 - 12.00


  • Crochet


    Would you like to learn to Crochet?
    This is a small friendly group of ladies learning to crochet.  Everyone is helped by the Group Organiser and therefore learns at their own pace. Members can be a complete beginner, or someone who has “done a little and wants to improve.


    We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the afternoon, and members take turns in holding a meeting at their house.

    Contact :  Pauline Gofton

    Meetings :   Wednesday, 4th,  2:00 - 4:00




  • English Concertina


    concertinaThe group has been working on an increasingly varied repertoire now consisting of around 100 pieces ranging from Swing Low Sweet Chariot to Nellie The Elephant including many folk songs and Christmas Carols. Most of our pieces involve part playing and we tend to work from printed music
    Above all we aim to enjoy playing our music together and we have previously played for senior clubs, care homes and carried out some charity fund raising. We plan to hold further such events. Occasionally we have joint sessions with one of the U3A Recorder Groups and these have been most enjoyable. It’s really surprising how very well up to 16 instruments sound when played together.
    Our membership has now increased to 6 and we are determined to continue to develop our experience with the English Concertina but we would be delighted to consider anyone who is interested in learning to play the instrument. It would be better if you can already read music and it would also help to have some experience of playing another instrument but these are not necessarily prerequisites. We will be pleased to give advice and guidance to anyone interested whatever their experience.  As we are a joint group we are pleased to be able to consider members joining from Sevenoaks or Knole U3As.  Do contact me if you would like to know more about our group.

    Contact : Dave Robson

    Meetings :  
    Two weekly by arrangement on Mondays 10.30 - 12.30


  • Needlecraft


    This group is a get-together of embroiderers and quilters of diverse abilities to exchange ideas on sewing crafts and enjoy the social event.  Those with particular skills help others, so members can extend their range.  Beginners welcome.


    Contact : Georgina Reynolds

    Meetings :   Tuesday,   2nd & 4th,   2:00 - 4:00

  • Piano Playing


    We are a small well-established group whose members have a traditional piano, not electronic, keyboard etc, who meet in each others houses to play classical music of any standard above beginner - able to prepare a piece for second Wednesday afternoon of the month (from September to June). Very suitable for those who look at their piano at home and wish that they had kept it up, as well as higher standards. Friendly and relaxed approach to playing, including mistakes. New members most welcome

    Contact: Tony Buick

    Meetings: Wednesday,  2nd,  2:00 - 4:00

  • Playreading


    Come and read plays with us. It’s fun and no preparation is needed. Sets of different plays are provided and the time allows us to read a whole play. In the interval we eat cake and at the end discuss the play, so come and enjoy yourself. Group is open to other U3As. New members welcome.

    Contact :    Gilly Moysey

    Meetings :  Tuesday,   3rd,   1:30 - 4:30


  • Recorders


    We enjoy playing a variety of music written for ensemble groups and would welcome players of any member of the recorder family who would like to join us for fun and enjoyment.

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    Contact :   Pat Wells

    Meetings :
       Thursday 1st  & 3rd


  • Singing for Fun


    Singing for Fun is an informal, relaxed group for all who enjoy singing along to traditional and folk melodies as well as songs from the shows. We don’t expect members to read music (though this may help) and the emphasis is firmly on fun.
    We meet at the Unitarian Meeting House, 5 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, TN13 2PX

    Contact :   Laurence Hickey

    Meetings :   Monday,   1st & 3rd,   2:00 - 4:00

  • Wire & Beaded Jewellery Making


    We meet round a table in each others' homes making a variety of wire & beaded jewellery. Abilities range from beginners to intermediate. All that is needed can be provided for the first few weeks, including beads, wire and small tools.  The idea is to exchange ideas, learn and help each other to create inspirational jewellery while enjoying ourselves.  Occasional visits to jewellery exhibitions and galleries are agreed and outside workshops arranged.

    Wire and beaded jewellery making 300

    Contact :   Cherry Moss

    Meetings :   Wednesday,  2nd,  10:00 - 12:00


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