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  • Group Administration

    GROUP ADMINISTRATION

    How Groups Work
    Study groups are organised by subject and each subject group is listed on this website.  Go to the Groups Category tab to find out more details about a specific subject. More information is available in the Group Organisers Guide

    If you want to join a new group that is advertised, please contact the Group Organiser to find out more about the group and how it runs.  In academic groups the members carry out research and make presentations to the others and you will need to decide if you wish to contribute in this way.  Everyone in the group helps with the work and shares in its success.

    Make sure you can attend all or most of the sessions.  If you have to miss a meeting, please let the Group Organiser know as soon as possible.  If you decide to leave the group, tell the group Organiser in order to free up a place for another member.
     
    (N.B. :  Group Organisers: Please let the Group development and Web Teams know about any vacancies which may arise, so that we can advertise the vacancy to members on this website. Just as importantly, please let us know when those vacancies are filled.)
    Use the links below to contact the appropriate Team.
       
    If there are no current vacancies in the subject of your choice, leave your name and contact details with the  Group Organiser as members may leave groups during the year or, if there are a number of people interested in a subject, with their help we will try to start a new group.  Please go to the National Subject Advisors tab (Above) for further details.

    If you are an existing member of a continuing group, you should inform your Group Organiser if you wish to remain in the group for the forthcoming year.  You must be a current U3A member to join any group. Further information for Members and Group Organisers can be found in the Group Organisers’ Guide and under Study Groups.

    Our Insurance Policy covers U3A members and the occasional non-member in the basis they may consider joining our u3a..  Sevenoaks U3A allows non-members intending to join our U3A to attend group meetings or outings as guests on a one-off basis.
    Link to Group Development Team
    Link to Website Team
     

  • Group Timetables

    Week

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    1st AM

    English Concertina (Alternate)
    Science Discussion
     

    Crosswords
    Military History
    Philosophy
    Theatre Studies - Page To Stage
     

    Cycling
    History Through the Ages
     

    Art - Painting
    Botanical Painting
    London Studies 2 (all day)
    Recorders
     

    Gardens 3
    Opera
    Poetry 1
    Writing For Pleasure
     

    1st PM

    Climate & Environment
    European Affairs
    Jazz & Blues 2 (Evening)
    Singing For Fun
     

    German Conversation
    Needlecraft
    Photography 2
     

    Crochet
    Gallery Group (meeting)
    Peace & Conflict
    Rock ‘Til We Drop
     

    Jazz & Blues 2

    Rock ‘Til We Drop

    2nd AM

    Gardens 5
    Italian Conversation
     

    French Intermediate
    Gardens 2 (all day)
     

    Bridge for Pleasure (OPEN)
    Wire & Beaded Jewellery
    Scrabble
    Wine Appreciation 1
     

    Art - Painting
    Ethical Dilemmas
     

    Digital Camera
    Europe Today
    Folk Dancing
    Science - Our Universe
    Walking 2 (all day
    )

    2nd PM

    Jazz & Blues 2 (Evening)
    Science OPEN (Oct-May)
    Writing - Sevenoaks Scribes
     

    European Film
    Geology
     

    French Conversation
    Gallery Group (visit)
    Piano Playing
     

    Book Circle 1
    French For Not Quite Beginners
    Snooker
     

    Circle Dancing

    3rd AM

    Current Affairs
    English Concertina (Alternate)
     

    Cycling
    London Studies 1 (all day)
    Migration of People
    Military History
    Photography 1
    Walking – The Strollers
     

    Ambling

    Art - Painting
    Botanical Painting
    History of Transport
    Recorders
     

    Gardens 4
    Walking 1
    Writing For Pleasure
     

    3rd PM

    Book Circle 2
    Chess
    Jazz & Blues 2 (Evening)
    Singing For Fun
     

    German Conversation
    Needlecraft
    Play Reading
     

    Our Industrial Past
    Rock ‘Til We Drop
    Stock Market Discussion
     

    German Language & Culture
    London Villages
    Wine Appreciation 3 (evening)
     

    Canasta
    Psychology
    Rock ‘Til We Drop
     

    4th AM

    Italian Conversation

    French Intermediate

    Bridge for Pleasure (OPEN)
    Family History
     

    Art - Painting

    Aviation
    Poetry 2
    Wine Appreciation 2
     

    4th PM

    Computer OPEN (Oct-May)
    Jazz & Blues 2 (Evening)
    Music Appreciation A
    Music Appreciation B
    Writing - Sevenoaks Scribes

    Geology
    Literature
     

    Monthly OPEN Meeting
    (Oct-June)
     

    French For Not Quite Beginners
    Snooker
     

    Circle Dancing

     

    Always check with the Group Organiser (GO) before attending a group meeting.

  • Groups with Vacancies

    Groups currently with vacancies can be found from the following link

    Date August 2023

  • Arts & Crafts

    Category

    Group

    Arts & Crafts

    Art - Painting
    Botanical Painting
    Crochet
    Galleries Group
    Needlecraft
    Wire and Beaded Jewellery Making

    Link to the Arts Appreciation Page
    Arts-5
  • Culture & Society

    Category

    Group

    Culture & Society

    Current Affairs
    Ethical Dilemmas
    Europe Today
    European Affairs
    European Film Group

    Migration of People
    Philosophy
    Stock Market Discussion

    Philosophy 300
  • Games & Physical Activities

    Category

    Group

    Games & Physical Activities

    Bridge for Pleasure
    Chess
    Canasta
    Circle Dancing
    Crosswords
    Cycling
    Folk Dancing

    Scrabble
    Snooker
    Walking - 1
    Walking - 2
    Walking - Ambling
    Walking - The Strollers

    Link to the Leisure (Games) page
    Chess 300
    Courtesy of Guildford U3A

    Information on a Number of Walking Guides can be found in our Members Information section under Publications

  • Gardens

    Category

    Group

    Gardens

    Garden Group 2
    Garden Group 3
    Garden Group 4 - Visits
    Garden Group 5

    Link to the Gardens Page
    rose 1
  • History

    Category

    Group

    History

    Family History
    History of Transport
    History Through The Ages
    London Villages

    London Studies - 1
    London Studies - 2
    Military History
    Our Industrial Past
    Peace & Conflict Studies

    Link to the History page
    History of a house 300
  • Languages

    Category

    Group

    Languages

    French Conversation
    French for Not Quite Beginners
    French Intermediate
    German Conversation
    German Language & Culture
    Italian Conversation

    Link to the Languages page
    Ancient Greek
  • Literature & Writing

    Category

    Group

    Literature & Writing

    Book Circle (1) - Wednesday
    Book Circle (2) - Thursday
    Literature
     

    Poetry 1
    Poetry 2
    Writing for Pleasure
    Writing - Sevenoaks Scribes

    Link to the Literature page
    Books slim volumes 300
  • Music & Theatre

    Category

    Group

     

    Music & Theatre

    English Concertina
    Jazz & Blues 1
    Jazz & Blues 2
    Music Appreciation - A
    Music Appreciation - B
    Opera
    Piano Playing Group
     

    Playreading
    Recorders
    Rock Till We Drop
    Singing for Fun
    Theatre Studies


     

    Link to the Practical Arts page
    Sculpture 300
  • Photography

    Category

    Group

    Photography

    Digital Image Manipulation
    Digital Camera 5
    Photography 1
    Photography 2

    Link to the Photography page
    Photography Article 1
  • Science,Technology & Computing

    Category

    Group

    Category

    Group

    Science & Technology

    Aviation
    Geology
    Psychology
    Climate & Environment
    Science Discussion 1
    Science Open Group
    Science - Our Universe

    Computing

    Open Computer Group
    Computer Security (Information Pages)
    Computer Training (Information Pages)
    Videoconferencing (Zoom) Help

    Link to the Science page
    Computer 1
  • Wine & Food

    Category

    Group

    Food

    Lunch Club

    Wine Appreciation

    Wine Appreciation 1
    Wine Appreciation 2
    Wine Appreciation 3
     

    Link to Wine & Food page
    wine app group 3 300

    WINE & FOOD

  • Open Groups

    OPEN GROUPS

    GENERAL MONTHLY MEETINGS
    Monthly Meetings are held in the Bat and Ball Community Centre  on a Wednesday afternoon, 2-4 pm from October to June. The June meeting is combined with the Annual General Meeting.  Entry to the talks is free to all members and after the talks, refreshments are served, free of charge.
    The programme of talks is listed the Annual handbook and in the dairy of Forthcoming Events (tab on Home page)
    PLEASE NOTE THAT CARS ARE LEFT IN THE  CAR PARK AT THE OWNER’S RISK.  MAKE SURE THAT CARS ARE LOCKED AND ANY VALUABLES ARE LEFT OUT OF SIGHT

    COMPUTER OPEN GROUP MEETINGS
    Open to all members of Sevenoaks U3A. The meetings are held at Otford Village Memorial Hall, normally at 2 p.m on the third Monday of each month (October to May).  Entrance 2, includes tea. 

    There is usually a talk on a topic of interest, followed by a question-and-answer session.  Talks are normally illustrated and projected onto a large screen.  Members may also raise problems they are having with their computers.  A reciprocal agreement with Knole U3A means that members both U3A organisations are welcome to attend each other’s Computer Group meetings. For more information contact the Computer Group Organiser

    SCIENCE OPEN GROUP MEETINGS

    These are held in the Otford Village Memorial Hall Club Room. The group usually meets at 2.00pm on the second Monday each month, between October and May.  Entrance fee 2:00, including tea.

    Talks cover a wide range of scientific and technology topics.  In addition to the talks, one or two visits are arranged each year to places of interest.  There are, also, occasional special events.
    The Science Group has an open membership (no need to ‘sign up’) and all members of Sevenoaks U3A are welcome to attend any of the meetings and to join group visits.  Further information can be  obtained from the Science Group Organiser.


     

  • National Subject Advisors

    NATIONAL SUBJECT ADVISORS

    National Subject Advisors
    The Third Age Trust have a number of Subject Advisors. These people are here to help anyone starting a new interest group or to advise on problems in established groups. For more details please see the u3a Subject Advice web page
     

  • Shared Groups

    GROUPS SHARED WITH OTHER u3a’s

    Some groups in Sevenoaks u3a are shared with other local u3a’s. 

    We have a reciprocal agreement with Knole u3a which identifies the groups involved. Groups which operate in this way are listed in our handbook and should be referred to for further information. The administration of shared groups is set out  in our Group Organisers’ Guide which gives further advice.
     

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