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 Old Blowers

Following a very successful engagement at the BMBC sponsored event at the Barnsley Civic ( Age Friendly Barnsley) recently, the old Blowers are now preparing to entertain the public twice on the same day!

Their next engagement is on the morning of the 21st of September at the St Johns Coffee morning Mapplewell at 10am. This is to help raise funds for the Church.

In the evening they are performing in the Mapplewell Village Hall 7pm, for the Barnsley Hospice, we hope many of our U3A members will be able to pop along to support such a very worthwhile cause.

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.

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 Summer 2019 "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)


The Third Age Trust 2019 National Conference and AGM 2019 held on 27th - 29th August 2019 is now open for booking

You can now visit their dedicated website for Conference news, updates and booking - find it by clicking this link: U3A National Conference and AGM 2019.

There, you can find information about the programme, the speakers, and the location. They will be continuously updating it as they confirm more details, so be sure to keep checking back.

In the meantime, booking is now open, so click the button to visit their website and book your place.


Yorkshire and Humberside Region

The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional office has just issued their May bulletin which can be viewed here YAHR May 2019 bulletin

Barnsley U3A stand at the Lightbox

John and Jacqui MacKinnon, John and Ingrid Colley, and Derek Bacon ‘manned’ the BU3A stand at the Barnsley Lightbox (library) on the 20th July 2019 and ‘twisted some arms’ successfully to get more members for Barnsey U3A, lots more took away information about what we do. A super day was had chatting with lovely people. Derek Bacon thanked his four colleagues for their outstanding contribution in making our BU3A presence known to more people.

New Groups News

The Calligraphy group meets once a fortnight on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 10am - 12pm at the Tesco Community room in Stairfoot.

Crown Green Bowling at Carlton, started on Thursday 4th July 2019 at Carlton Bowling Club, Church Street, Carlton S71 3EY at 10am. and is open for new and experienced bowlers alike. The coordinator is Rob Northcut.

The Walking Netball group has now started, renamed just Netball, and is every week on a Monday from 2pm at Hoyland Leisure Centre, West Street, Hoyland, S74 9EH. The Coordinator is Linda McDevitt.

Joan Tollerfield has requested anyone interested in becoming a coordinator for a new WALKING Netball group to please contact her when she will explain what would be expected of a coordinator.

Joy Nicholson (07787074442) is the coordinator of the Yoga and Meditation Group which meets at the Worsborough Bridge Sports and Social Club, Park Road, Worsborough, Barnsley S70 5LJ. Classes for the new school year begin on Thursday 12th September 2019

Betty and Petty Higginbottom (01924 255652) have taken over Singalong for fun (used to be karaoke) at the Polyfox Centre also on Thursdays 2:00pm to 4:00pm but on 2nd and 4th Thursdays. They are looking for members by the way.

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.

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)

A new Crown Green Bowling Group at Millhouse Green Club has started on Sundays 10:30am to 12:30pm and will run weekly through the summer and starts on May 12th. Alf Eaden is the leader 01226 763755


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


The Travel Group would like to inform everyone of the trips we are planning for next year. We are looking to create an interest list at this time (no commitment) . If you are interested in any of the trips listed below please contact a member of the Travel Group so that this can be recorded. (Helen Dew, Gill Errington, Audrey Eyre, Lynn Maloney, Chrissie White)

Here are the day trips:-

Beamish Monday 16/09/19 £36

Here are the holidays ;-

South Wales 5 days 04/08/19 £359 pp
The Big Band (Nottingham) 1 night 08/12/19 £110 pp

Single may be available at a supplement

Please get in touch if you are interested.

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


The Photography Group are looking for new members, so if you think you'll click in the group, please drop an e-mail over to Peter Higginbottom.

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