30 JANUARY 2019     9.30 am – 12.30pm   (coffee/tea 9.15)

Kings Hill Community Centre – Cunningham Room

70 Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4LG


KCC Road Safety Team are planning to run another pilot of a Mature Drivers’ Conference. This is aimed at drivers over 60 who are currently driving.

This is a friendly, informal and informative session, participants will be sat in groups, and we hope everyone will go away with a little extra knowledge to help them stay safe drivers. Subjects covered will be common crash causation, child car seat safety, impairment including fatigue and medication, and eco driving.

We had some very positive feedback:

“It will jog the memory and make you think. It would make you feel happier in yourself knowing if you’re still okay. After listening to this, it’s given me the confidence to say that I’m still alright driving”

“My only complaint was the time went far too quickly!”

“The conference was interesting and held our attention the whole time.”

There is no charge, but we do need people to sign up for this as we have limited availability and need to compile a list of attendees before the event.

Please note the room hired is on the first floor so attendees should be able to climb stairs in case the lift is not in working order.

Please contact Carol by e mail       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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

£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.