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About Sevenoaks u3a

Sevenoaks u3a started in 1994 and currently has a membership of around 900 members and we have recorded A brief history of Sevenoaks U3A - the first 20 years. Our Members reside within Sevenoaks and its surrounding locality; members may join from other local U3As.

Members are also members of the national body, the Third Age Trust.

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The Aims of Sevenoaks u3a
The advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development.
These aims are amplified in the Principles & Mission issued by the Third Age Trust

How the Sevenoaks u3a works

The members themselves form Interest Groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members, for the members. They also serve on committees, provide administrative help, organise outings, study days, etc, on a voluntary basis.  Everyone is expected to help in some way in the running of the organisation if they can, whether that is helping in a practical way e.g. helping with refreshments, running an event, joining a committee or offering to be a Group Organiser.

The Monthly General Meeting is an open meeting, which all members may attend.  It offers a chance to meet others, hear a speaker who is an expert in a subject of general interest, as well as enjoy refreshments.  There are other open meetings each month, details can be found on the Open Groups page.

The Newsletter, together with flyers and booking forms for special events, is distributed to all members either by post  or email. Reading the newsletter and regularly reviewing this website is the best way to stay informed about what is going on.

The Interest Groups are self-help learning groups of various sizes. They normally meet during the day, often in the home of a group member. There is usually a Group Organiser who also acts as secretary, and the meetings vary in frequency, generally weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  The objective is to pursue a common interest in the company of like-minded people.  There are no qualifications, pressures or expenses beyond basic materials. The Handbook, with a list and brief description of the Interest Groups, is sent out each year to current members only with their annual Membership Cards usually in October/November.  It contains all the essential names and contact details for the forthcoming year.

This website is regularly maintained.  If you have any comments or items for inclusion, please contact the Web Team.

Page last edited 20 June 2024