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

Annual General Meeting

followed by

“Blinded on Duty”

by Steve Pendleton

formerly of the 2nd Battalion Royal Green Jackets

Wednesday, 20th May, 2.30 p.m. Goudhurst Parish Hall

Steve served with the Royal Green Jackets for three and a half years, mostly in Northern Ireland. In November 1991 the helicopter in which he was travelling crashed into a hillside. He suffered multiple injuries and his left leg was amputated above the knee. His head injuries left him registered blind and deaf in his right ear.


Following months of rehabilitation he undertook various courses of study and, among other things, qualified as a chef. He teaches Braille at Canterbury Christchurch University. He also enjoys gardening and rough and tumble with his three daughters.

Non-Members welcome – £2.50

Future Monthly Talks

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

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


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
Tel: 01580 212457

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