U3A Update

For Brenchley, Curtisden Green, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Kilndown, Lamberhurst and Matfield

Membership of this new branch of the University of the Third Age for retired and semi-retired people continues to grow and we are nearing the 150 members mark.

There are Monthly Talks, Outings and Interest Groups which meet in small numbers at regular intervals. To join any of them, to receive booking forms and further information please see our page.


Talks are given in Goudhurst Parish Hall on the 3rd Wednesday in the month at 2.30 pm

Wednesday, 18th March, 2.30 p.m., Goudhurst Parish Hall

“John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 A painter of glamorous portraits and atmospheric landscapes”

by Marian Insley

An art history lecturer on Western European and American Art from early Renaissance to the present day

J.S. Sargent was the most successful portrait painter of his era, as well as a gifted landscape painter and watercolourist. Influenced by Impressionism he painted landscapes, catching the light and atmosphere. He was however most in demand for his glamorous society portraits, both in England and in America. In stark contrast to these images of Edwardian society, and the sunlit landscapes, was his large painting “Gassed” – his response to the Great War in 1918.

Non-Members welcome to monthly talks – £2.50

Future Monthly Talks

15th April    “My Childhood in Nazi Berlin and My Escape to England” with John Izbicki, former Daily Telegraph correspondent.

20th May     Annual General Meeting followed by “Blinded on Duty” with Steve Pendleton, formerly of the 2nd Battalion Royal Green Jackets.

17th June    “Age is No Excuse” by Jonathan Hockey, Horsmonden Chartered Physiotherapist.

15th July     “Marbles, Minsters & Monarchy” by Patricia Francis, a London Blue Badge Guide


Coach Tour of Romney Marsh Churches Tuesday, 14th April Members are invited to register by 15th March for this Outing which leaves Goudhurst at 9.15 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m. The cost, excluding lunch and refreshments, will depend upon the number taking part but is hoped to be around £25.

The planned visit to The British Library to see the Magna Carta Exhibition will now take place later in the spring.

INTEREST GROUPS   (Information and enrolment – see contact details above)

The following Groups are currently running:

  • Art Appreciation
  • Bridge
  • Circle Dancing
  • Computing
  • French
  • Garden Visits
  • History
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre & Cinema
  • Walking
  • Wine Appreciation

We have received suggestions for three new Interest Groups and would be interested to know if any of you would like to join in. They are:

Archaeology           Teaching the Guitar             Table Tennis

The U3A exists to make friends, develop interests, learn new skills and have fun.   Our motto is Learn, Laugh and Live! New members are always welcome and suggestions are also very welcome.

Ian Miller

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