Group News

Latest Group News

Information received from groups will be listed here, most recent information first.

Hello all,

I hope, by now, we are getting some well needed spring sunshine as we now have the longer days. I am pleased to say our annual Spring Lunch, as a thank you to all the devoted group leaders amongst you, went well and we had over 70 people enjoying the buffet provided. A personal thank you to those who helped me pull it all together, especially Melanie Battell and Jan Dickins.

If you attended the spring lunch, you would have heard from David Bell, about the waiting list system now implemented on our Beacon database, and the request for maximum numbers in your respective groups - if you could please either add to Beacon yourself, or mail myself with the details which I can do. If you wish to have further help on using Beacon, do please ask.

We are very fortunate, at Tonbridge u3a to have a varied amount of groups covering many interests, but, we are always open to more, so do please contact me if you feel you have something you would like to share. We can always put a note in the Journal here and on the website, to see what the response is first if preferred. Lionel, our Chair, shared that he had been told we are a very friendly u3a so well done to all - a pat on the back all round.

All the best,

Jan Dixon Groups Co-Ordinator 

New Groups

Folk Music; British & Beyond

a newly formed group which meets on alternate Wednesdays, in North

Tonbridge, 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Small ensemble playing folk music - English, Scots, Irish, Breton, Yankee,

etc. Participants may play an instrument or sing (or both), and should think

about what sorts of music they wish to play.

Denis Buckley

Stitchers and Beyond 2 

A new group will meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30pm until 3.00pm. , 

Mary McCrae 

Contact details in your Journal or Handbook


This group is now active see details here

Current groups

Bridge Duplicate

This is an invite to any member, who would like to try out this group, which was flourishing pre covid and since then, has lost some of its members and hence a few more would make the meeting more buoyant. All levels are welcome.  We meet on Thursday morning, twice a month, in a local hall.

All levels are welcome', but if a complete novice,  please try the Beginners Bridge group.


If you would like further information, do please contact the leader Anthony Sayer at  or alternatively the groups coordinator 

Discovering Churches 

Monday 13 May at 11.00am. Capel TN12 5SX

Jenny Cooper

Play Reading

Second Thursday of each month at 10.00am.

9 May. 13 June

Joyce Graf

Reading Shakespeare

Every three months approximately. 10.00am

25 April. 2 May.

Joyce Graf

Poetry for Pleasure 

The purpose of the Group is simply to enjoy reading poetry, without serious analysis.

We choose a theme in advance and do our best to find poems which are relevant to it, usually reading two or three each. 10.00am on the third Thursday each month.  

April - Work. May - Trains.

Anne Kelly 

Galleries, Exhibitions and Museums 

The Travel Team are urgently seeking volunteers with organisational ability and an interest in travel to join them. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Pavlidis on 01732 359241.