Barnsley & District


In this page we will publish the latest news on Barnsley's U3A. New Groups forming, The Buzz, Travel and Membership issues.

The Buzz "The Buzz" is the quarterly newsletter of Barnsley & District U3A. It is published in readiness to hand out at the March, June, September and December Monthly Meetings.

Please note that, for technical reasons, the images within the on-line version of The Buzz sometimes have to have their quality reduced so that they can be uploaded to the website. The limitations are being examined.

To read the latest or previous copies of The Buzz, go straight to The Buzz page by clicking the new [The Buzz] menu button at the top of our website, or the Read The Buzz Online link on the right of this page.

You can also pick up your copy of The Buzz from AgeUK Barnsley, in Eldon Street, and from the Drop-In held in Penistone! (You may be asked for identification to ensure that you are a current member of the Barnsley & District U3A)


Retired or Semi-Retired?

Want to keep active – Combat loneliness – Make new friends?

Barnsley U3A with over 1070 members and more than 100 interest groups would like you to become involved here in the Penistone Area. We are looking to set up new groups and activities and we would like to hear from you. Presently we have 8 or so groups there.

You are invited to join us to hear about our plans and importantly to contribute your ideas.

For those who notice things.

Note our new logo. Despite having 'University' in our name we are not, primarily, a University. Primarily our U3A is a community of people that enjoys learning and socialising together and who, by keeping their bodies and minds active, live life in their third age to the full. Learning (the one thing we do share with Universities)is at the heart of our organisation – it is about doing things that you are interested in, not for qualifications or material rewards, but for the sheer joy of discovery and personal achievement. In our groups there is a lot of laughter and a welcome for everyone, with an understanding that everyone has something to share and something to learn.


New Groups News

More new groups

We have a couple more name changes. 'How we used to live' is to become Social History and Literature. Still the same folk in charge but now running two courses - The Original How we used to Live and ever popular How our ancestors Lived. Look them up for dates and times.
Also Link Up has officially become New Members Link. Again same team in charge.

Am - Dram

Like to play act? Then this is for you! Amateur Dramatics led by Mac McKechnie will commence in November - the 13th and continue, given support, every 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Starting at 4:30 and running to 6:00 pm at the Tesco Community Rooms, Stairfoot. Contact Mac on 0789 174 5633

Flutes Galore
Used to be Toutes Flutes! Now has a changed name but that is all that changed. Same day, same venue, same members just a name change. Sounds just as lovely !
Call Derek Bacon for help 0797 966 7253
Gadget Help
Due to increasing space needs this will now meet at the Dodworth Miners Welfare, our meetups are moving to a Friday morning, 10 pm till 12 noon. The first will be on the 8th June. The welfare is on the High Street, you turn in between the chemist and the Thornley Arms Pub. There's loads of parking, we can also purchase coffee and soft drinks. Those who use the buses it's the number 22 from the stand 5, the buses run on the hour and half hour, and you get off at the co-op.
You will have noticed that we now have two hours, the first hour we will cover group issues, Facebook adds, using Google securely, WhatsApp and lots of other things. The second hour I plan on doing three or four, one to ones. If you feel you would benefit from a one to one, please email me with what you would like resolving. Sorry but this will be on a first, come basis, and an extra £1 in the blue box.
Vanda Outram will lead this group. For details call 07872834044.


New groups are considered 'New' for three months only. They will be deleted from this section after that - unless new News arrives.


Travel 2018 Latest news from the Travel Group. Places on the following trips are now available.
Sunday/Monday April 22nd/23rd - North Yorkshire Moors Railway and stay overnight in Scarborough- £125 per person*

Sunday Sept 16th – Day out with river boat ride on the Trent (Nottingham) lunch included. £34 including meal

  • Deposit of £30 required when booking or soon after.

Ring Lynn Maloney 01226 284426 or call at the Travel Table at the Monthly meetings
All cheques payable to Yorkshire Rose Holidays


Barnsley & District U3A Membership Secretary
John MacKinnon
48 Wakefield Road
S75 6JY

If you have sent mail to a different address please contact John as soon as possible. Thank you.

You can contact John via our website Contact page (B&D Membership Secretary).


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