Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings and Open Days

We meet at 2pm on the first Wednesday of each month (except August and December) in the Angel Centre, Tonbridge (map). We invite interesting speakers and always follow the talk with the chance to chat over a tea or coffee.

Once a year this meeting is dedicated to an Open Day where there is the opportunity to talk to many group leaders. Details of these meetings are given on the Events page.

We have had positive reports from most of those that joined the January monthly meeting over zoom. We will be making the February meeting available over zoom. The meeting id is published in the February Journal. These meetings are for members only. Please don’t circulate these details outside the u3a.

If you would like to be sent an e-mail with the link to these meetings each month or have any questions about this new service, please e-mail me at The zoom service is being provided for those members that cannot join us in the Medway Hall for whatever reason. 

Do come to the meeting if you are able; you would then hear the speaker live and enjoy meeting other members after the talk over a tea or coffee. 

IT Coordinator David Bell


Meetings open to all members; First Wednesday of the month 2:00pm to 4.00pm 

at The Angel Centre, Tonbridge


My Life as a Film Star - A lighthearted look behind the scenes - Tony Harris

This talk features a light-hearted look behind the scenes at film making, with particular reference to the making of the 2004 BBC TV 'Docu-Drama' film ‘Dunkirk’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Russell Beale − some of which was filmed locally and in which he played a small (very small!) part.


Dr. Livingstone, I Presume. -   Fran Sandham

For our June speaker we will welcome back the critically acclaimed author and lecturer Fran Sandham who spoke to Tonbridge U3A last year about his epic 3,500-mile solo walk across Africa (for details and testimonials please visit ).

This time however, he tells the story behind the legendary meeting in Africa in 1871 between the missing explorer Dr David Livingstone and the ambitious news reporter Henry Morton Stanley. How their meeting proved to be the newspaper scoop of the century, bringing Stanley world fame and notoriety; the widespread controversy, hostility and personal ridicule Stanley faced on his return to Europe and America after finding Livingstone; why their meeting was such a sensational news story - and why Stanley's four words 'Dr Livingstone, I presume'?' became the most famous greeting in history.

Come along and relive this historic meeting.


u3a AGM followed by a talk and refreshments.

Fire, a Century of the Volunteer Fire Brigade - Jo Livinston


No Meeting - Summer Break


Wimbledon's Strawberries - Marion Regan.


Open Day