Barnsley & District


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

New Groups

We have a new social group which will work in a different way to any other that we have. This is called ‘I would like to.... and will be open to all Bu3a members. Helen Dew is going to be coordinating this which will be online, and we are looking at a way of making sure that members without internet access can join in.

Members will belong to a virtual group - just email Helen Dew to belong to the group.

Members are then free to suggest activities that they would like to take part in - afternoon tea, to clay pigeon shooting, a meal out, to hot air ballooning, the world is your oyster!

Requests will then be circulated to all members of the group who will then be free to join as many or few activities as they wish. What would you like to do?


Zoom Quizmasters is for those who miss our face to face Quizmasters because of Covid 19. It will be conducted over Zoom. So sit at home and join in the quiz. Starts Thursday the 1st of October 2020 at 6:30pm. Contact %Vanda Outram% to be included and in case you need help in setting it up. An IT device able to contact the Web is necessary.

Those of you who bought the Creative Writing group book will know the quality of the work created. This group has been full with a waiting list for some time, but now has a second group. Starting 18th March and based at the Alder Close Community centre this group will be led by Mac Mckechnie. It’ll run slightly earlier, 14:00 to 16:00 and be alternate Wednesdays too!


Opening up your groups

Please contact Trudy Atkinson before you open up any groups to make sure the risk assessment has been done.


Penistone Area

If you would like to become involved 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. Our local Development Officer for Penistone is Helen Dew.

Penistone News:

There is a new MOTO group (Members On Their Own) starting up on Friday 25th October 2019 in Penistone.

The group will meet at St. John's Community Centre, Church St, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6AR

Anyone interested in joining any group please contact the coordinator Helen Dew

The opposite to Stepping up to Fitness is Starting Monday 9th March, Pastry in Penistone 1-3pm at St John's Community Centre, kitchen off main hall. Not really a group as members pay £14 for this 7 week course. Talk to Helen Dew again. Chris North will run this.

The Penistone Vintage Social This is a change to and existing group. St. John’s is the venue again on the 2nd Thursday, 8:00pm to 10:00pm and this only started the Thursday before last! Its Julie Elliott you should contact (07958 585715)

An Art Group is forming in Penistone at St. John’s Community Centre. Friday this time at 1:00 to 3:00pm. Christine Haigh is to lead this weekly group and can be reached on 01226 784265.


Retired or Semi-Retired?

Want to keep active – Combat loneliness – Make new friends? Barnsley U3A has 1170 members and more than 125 interest groups.

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.

----- "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)



New groups are considered 'New' for three months only. They will be deleted from this section after that - unless no new News arrives.


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