TRIP TO HIGHGROVE ROYAL GARDENS, Nr. Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Due to popular demand two dates have now been arranged

Wednesday 19 June and Tuesday 2 July.    **All seats for the 2nd July have now been sold but there are still a few seats available on 19th June.


As part of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s private residence, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove are opened annually for visitors to share in their enjoyment of this much-loved inspirational setting. Created with imagination and passion by the Prince over the last 38 years, the series of interlinked organic gardens reflect his deep commitment to sustainability, as well as a natural artistic ability. As an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna, the gardens have been developed to not only please the eye but sit in succinct harmony with nature.

Your trip will arrive at Highgrove at approximately 11.00 am allowing you time to explore before lunch. After lunch you will be divided into two groups, each with its own dedicated, expert guide, before watching a welcome message from His Royal Highness to begin your two-hour tour of the beautiful Highgrove Gardens, which are renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in the United Kingdom.

During your visit the Highgrove Estate Shop will be open, where you can browse a wide range of artisan products, from beautiful home and garden ware to country attire and artwork by The Prince of Wales.

The coach will leave Kings Hill at approximately 7.30 am and will return 7.00 - 7.30 (there will be comfort stops.) 

£59 per person includes travel by Executive Coach, gratuities for the driver, a tour of the gardens and a

2 course lunch.

Please book your place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. clearly showing your preferred date of travel

If you have already booked a place and have not selected the date that you would prefer please do so now to avoid missing out on your preferred day of travel.

Payment in full is required with your booking and your place/s will not be confirmed until payment is received.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

Payment can also be made by cheque payable to “Kingshill & District U3A” and mailed to Casa Mia, 564 Snodland Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5LL.

Please note the following information from Highgrove:

  • Due to security regulations, all visitors must bring a form of photographic ID with them on the day of their visit, ideally a passport, driving license or bus pass.
  • Highgrove is The Prince of Wales’s private home and the use of mobile phones, cameras, binoculars and all recording equipment is prohibited. Please leave such items at home, on the coach, or switched off inside your bags.



Royal Holloway University - Shared Learning Projects

Royal Holloway University - Citizens 800 Shared Learning Project

Royal Holloway University in conjunction with the U3A are holding a series of workshops to be held this year

Any member in the SE region is invited to attend any of these half day workshops and get involved in guided research. No previous knowledge or equipment is required. There is parking on campus and directions are on the website.

Click this link www.citizens800.org/u3a for further information or contact:

Hilvary Robinson. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 01590 672825

What are Shared Learning Projects?

Shared Learning Projects started in the autumn of 2002 at the British Museum and, since then, they have flourished throughout the UK. SLPs involve a team of U3A members, usually from more than one U3A, carrying out research for an institution such as a museum, archive or gallery where there is a specific project to which volunteers can contribute. The emphasis is on partnership: the host organisation working with members of the U3A team who are contributing their learning to the project.

Citizens project Shared Learning Projects

For phase two of the Citizens project's Shared Learning Projects we are hosting a series of Research Retreats where members of the U3A can help us delve into the archives to help us examine key milestones in the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform. Most Research Retreats will be held at Royal Holloway's campus in London and more dates will be added, so please do check back from time to time for updates.

Research Retreat Example

On 7th November 2018 a small group of U3A volunteers joined us at Royal Holloway to delve into the British Newspaper Archive to plot reports in March 1913 of 'Suffragette Outrages'. The resulting Google My Map now features in our online course with the UK Parliament, Beyond the Ballot, and will later be added to our resources for schools. C

Workshops planned for this year include:

6th March 2019 - Peterloo Rediscovered

10th April 2019 -Chartism 180

8th May 2019 - The Great Unrest

For more details and information on how to apply to participate see go to www.citizens800.org/u3a



KINGS HILL U3A   -     GRAND QUIZ NIGHT   -   SATURDAY 27th April 2019

At Kings Hill Community Centre                             7.15 arrival for quiz start at 7.30 prompt.

Please come along for a fun evening – we promise it won’t be TOO serious a quiz! A wide variety of questions so there should be something for everyone!

£5.00 per person


Teams of 6 or 8 – you are welcome to come as a team, or as an individual.

Please bring your own drink and nibbles.

Book your place/s now by sending an e-mail to tThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Leonardslee Gardens on Thursday 23rd May

A visit to Leonardslee Gardens on Thursday 23rd May

Described as the ‘Finest Spring Gardens in England’, the 240-acre Leonardslee estate at Lower Beeding, near Horsham in West Sussex, has beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, first planted in 1801 where we can see the outstanding spring displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.

There are numerous walks to explore throughout the 240 acres of grade I listed gardens, parkland, lawns and forest areas, including a number of very rare trees and shrubs.

You can explore a wide range of features including the elegant 19th-century Italianate-style Mansion House, listed Grade II for architectural merit, the unique dolls’ house exhibition.

The estate is home to an extraordinary range of wildlife including foxes, rabbits, grey squirrels, badgers, weasels, stoats, shrews, voles, huge carp in the seven ponds and the now famous wallabies.

We will leave by coach from Kings Hill at approximately 9.00 am hoping to arrive at Leonardslee no later than 10.30am and leaving for the return journey at approx 3.30pm

The price of the trip incudes admission to Leonardslee and lunchtime refreshments comprising of tea/coffee, hot meal, slice of cake. This will be taken in the Clock Tower café.

For those wishing it a guided tour of the garden can be arranged. The tour would be led by the head gardener, would be for a minimum of 15 people and would cost an extra £8.00 per person. Please indicate if you would like to take this tour.

Fully inclusive price £34.50

Please book your place by contact Mark Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Payment is full is required with your booking and your place/s will not be confirmed until                   payment is received.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

Payment can also be made by cheque payable to “Kingshill & District U3A” and mailed to 12 Banky Meadow, Maidstone. ME16 9LA.





Words of Kent Study Day - Monday 4th February 2019 at East Malling Institute (behind The King & Queen pub) - 10.00am -3.00pm

Tickets £10 per head

Denyse Straker – ‘Inspired by Kent: Four famous writers’

Denise studied for her BA through the University of Kent’s part-time programme at the Tonbridge Centre and went on to do a research MA in Canterbury. She has been teaching at the University of Kent since 2001 on a wide range of topics including Charles Dickens, Gothic and Travel Literature.

David Barry

David is an Actor, radio broadcaster and Crime Writer, living in Tunbridge Wells. He has worked in television and has written several scripts for TV programmes

Roundel - Kent in Poetry’ Roundel Poets will read a selection of prose and poetry with a Kent focus.



Gardening Study Day - Wednesday 27th March 2019 at Ryarsh Village Hall - 10.00am -1.00pm

Tickets £9 per head

Jim Buttress is a renowned horticulturalist, RHS judge and holder of the prestigious RHS VMH medal of honour. He recently took part in the successful TV series the Big Allotment Challenge, as one of the judges, and is a regular on BBC radio. His book “The Peoples Gardener” the story of his life was published in 2016. Jim regularly gives talks throughout the country on a range of topics including, his life in horticulture, his time managing the royal parks, as well as sharing his sound gardening advice. His talks are always amusing, informative and very well received.

Jean Griffin who likes nothing more than ‘talking plants’ and sharing gardening knowledge. Jean has been involved with Horticultural Education for most of her career and is a regular presenter on Radio Kent’s Sunday Gardening Show. An experienced reporter from the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows as well as a very popular speaker who is prepared to answer lots of questions from the audience.



The Lady Vanishes - Thursday, March 28th 2019 at 2.30 pm




Our three U3As have joined together for the first of several outings, in what we hope will be a successful partnership sharing experiences and expertise.

All members are invited to the Churchill Theatre, Bromley for a super new production of


Thursday, March 28th 2019 at 2.30 pm

Remember the classic 1939 Hitchcock film starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave? In 2019 the masterpiece will be brought to life in a new adaptation by the Classic Thriller Company, masters of the stage thriller, and is an event not to be missed.

Socialite Iris is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss Froy. After her travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. With the help of urbane musician Max she turns detective and together they become drawn into a complex web of European intrigue as they try to solve the mystery of why the lady vanished.

To make the most of our time in Bromley, the coach will leave Asda’s in Kings Hill at 10 am, arriving in Bromley by about 11 am. There will be time for some shopping and a leisurely lunch in one of the many excellent local restaurants, before taking our seats in the theatre for the matinee which begins at 2.30 pm. All the seats are centre stalls. The coach will return to Kings Hill immediately after the performance.

For those who are not familiar with West Malling, there is ample, free parking in the Asda car park, but members are requested to use the parking spaces away from the store’s entrance. The Brookline coach will wait on the main road outside the store.

We have been fortunate in reserving tickets with a group discount, but these have to be paid for by the middle of November, so early booking is advised

The cost per member for the coach, theatre ticket and driver’s tip is £35.50, payable by cheque to Malling District U3A, no later than Monday November 12th 2018.


The leader on this outing will be Dianne White (Malling U3A)  mobile telephone no: 07737101884      


Cricket Breakfast - April 6th 2019

A Cricket Breakfast at the Kings Hill Golf Club

Time - 8.00 for 8.30 start

Full English Breakfast with coffee or tea / £12 per head

We are very lucky to have obtained the services of former Kent, Somerset and England cricketer Chris Tavaré on Saturday 6th April 2019.

Chris is very much a local man and has been so for most of his life. He was educated at Sevenenoaks School and went on to gain a degree in zoology at St John's College, Oxford also having gained a cricket blue while he was there. He went on to play cricket for Kent from 1974 to 1988 and Somerset from 1989 to 1993. While he was at Kent he played 31 test matches for England where he gained an unfair reputation for being a slow opening batsman. His calm, scholarly demeanour - he was the antithesis of his lookalike Basil Fawlty - made him unpopular in Australia especially. Perhaps many English cricketers would enjoy having that skill! In fact, he normally batted at 3 or 4 and was pressed into opening the batting for England when there was no-one else (and England are still trying to find reliable opening batsmen in 2018).

Chris did it for the team at a time when England were crying out for someone to complement Gower, Lamb, Botham and co. He preferred to bat number 3 or 4 and showed his more adventurous ability in those positions especially in the one-day games and after he moved to Somerset. Since retiring from cricket he has returned to Kent and Sevenoaks School to teach biology and was master in charge of cricket where he encourages the next generation of youngsters.

Chris will talk about his life in Cricket and has agreed to do a question and answer session with us so get your questions ready.

Book a place with Mark Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Payment with application by cheque or bank transfer

Cheques to: M Richards, 12 Banky Meadow, Barming, Maidstone. ME16 9LA

Transfer to:      Account: KHAD U3A,       Number: 00025484,       Sort: 40 52 40

Please note we are now charged by the bank for handling your cheques so please do your best to pay by bank transfer







19TH – 23RD MAY 2019 (5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS)

We are pleased to announce details of our Holiday for next year. We anticipate that this holiday will be very popular and places are limited.        Book early to avoid disappointment!

The holiday includes:

  • Airport transfers from Kings Hill and return
  • Flights to and from Cork with Aer Lingus
  • The full use of an Irish coach operator throughout the tour
  • A full day excursion to the Ring of Kerry
  • A full day excursion to the Dingle Peninsula
  • Combined trip on a traditional Irish ‘Jaunting Car’ in Killarney, along with a one-hour cruise on Lough Leane
  • Group entrance to Muckross House and Traditional Farms
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4star Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee https://www.meadowlandshotel.com

£725 per person, based on two people sharing

£125 Single occupancy room supplement

£30 optional travel insurance

If you would like to reserve a place please let June Rose, Alan Pamplin or Margaret Knock know by Monday 5th November.



Several members of Kings Hill attended the Summer School at Chichester in June, run by the South East Area Forum. I am in fact one of the chief organisers. 12 courses were on offer ranging across a wide variety of topics – bridge, Maths, Psychology, Walking, knitting, mah jong to name a few. The School takes place on the University campus at Chichester, which is close to the town centre & The Festival Theatre. The weather was lovely for us again this year, which makes for an enjoyable time. The new academic block gives state of the art rooms in which the courses are held. There is also a social programme including drinks receptions, quix night, film on campus & this year a local Community choir entertained us. Usually we manage to get tickets for the theatre for those who want to go, but this year we were unable to secure any despite being in the queue for them on the appropriate day. Better luck next year !

Many thanks to the team from Kings Hill who helped me with the Quiz night & in ascertaining who would have liked to go to the theatre.

I think several of the bridge group played long into the evenings, ably assisted by bottles of wine to keep them hydrated ! The ukulele group mainly started from scratch but were able to give us a concert on the final morning- shows what progress you can make.

It makes for a great few days away. You can learn something but equally it is a sociable time when you meet new people of like mind to yourself. All the tutors are U3A members so do not charge for their services so the price is very reasonable. The food is pretty good though.

Why not give it a try next year? We have agreed the dates June 24th – 27th and begun planning it all already. Get the date into your diary and talk to those who went this year to hear all about it.