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  • Current Affairs


    The Current Affairs Group meets eight times a year in members homes.
    Members of our group volunteer to prepare talks for meetings on a subject of their choice. Each meeting consists of coffee, a talk lasting around 3/4 hour, followed by a lively discussion. Members do not have to give a talk if they would prefer just to listen and join in the discussion.

    The subjects of the talks are very wide ranging, and we aim to cover them in rather more depth than is usually provided by the media. Last season’s talks included “Proportional Representation”,  “Women in Politics”, “Modern Slavery”  and “Constitutional Change”.

     Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to attend one or two of our meetings to try it out.



    Contact :   Jill Griffiths

    Meetings :   Monday,   3rd,   10.00 - 12.00



  • Europe Today


    The group studies issues or themes by individual European Country or those that are common across the European Union as a whole. The theme for each year is agreed at a summer lunch and have included such topics as health services, education, pension arrangements in Europe, the fishing industries, land usage, transport, financial expenditure, immigration and political systems.  The group meets October to May.


    Contact:  John Harris

    Meetings :   Friday,   2nd,   10.00 - 12.00



  • European Affairs


    This new group discusses issues on the changes ahead in Britain’s relationship with Europe as well as how recent history impacts national decisions today. We follow our members’preferences and study a wide range of subjects including the lifestyles and culture of European states. Each session we choose one subject to which all members contribute. At other meetings talks are led by members. This results in enjoyable and informative discussions. New Members Welcome

    The group meets October to May.

    Contact:  Rob White

    Meetings:  Wednesday, 3rd, 2.30 - 4.30

  • Exploring World Faiths

    We explore, discuss and try to understand some of the many world faiths, such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and more. We have occasional outings and last year visited  the Sikh Gurdwara and a small Hindu temple, both in Gravesend.

    Contact:  Celia Smith

    Meetings: Tuesdays,   3rd,   2:00 - 4:00



  • Migration of People


    This group commenced in January 2014 and is now established. Individuals make a study for a discussion in the group choosing a migration of people from any period in history of a family or tribe, religious sect or a race who migrated for reasons of persecution, economic, religious etc.

    Migration 300

    Contact :   Linda Alleeson

    Meetings :   Tuesday,  3rd,   2.00 - 4.00

  • Philosophy


    The Group meet to discuss a shared text- currently ‘The Great Philosphers’ by Brian Magee.

    Philosophy 300

    Contact :   David Milman

    Meetings :   Tuesday,   1st,   10:15 - 12:00



  • Psychology

    What motivates you?
    Which is more important: I.Q. or E.Q. (emotional intelligence) ?
    How can we improve our relationships and self development.
    We cover many areas as human behaviour is such a fascinating subject.
    ‘It’s not how low you fall but how quickly you bounce back up’ - Peanuts comic strip
    Open To Knole Members
    Contact:  Indeg Robinson

    Meetings:  3rd Friday of the month 2:00 - 4:00  in Otford


  • Stock Market Discussion


    If you want to learn about stocks and shares with little financial commitment, then come and join us.  We take a light-hearted approach to the subject.  Members choose one or two stocks, keep them for two months maximum, then change.  A virtual small sum goes into the kitty, then the member with the largest virtual profit in 9 months wins the kitty.

    Stockmarket 300

    Contact :    Lesley Leeding

    Meetings :   Wednesdays,   3rd,   2:00 - 4:00


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