Barnsley & District


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

A new Poetry Group is starting at Hoyland Library on 12th November from 11am - 12:45pm Anyone interested please come along, they will be pleased to see you. The Coordinator is Linda McDevitt.

A new group, Sequence Dancing 2 has been formed. It will be held at Birdwell Community Hall from 29th October 2019 from 2pm - 4pm. The coordinator is Joan Wright.

The One Club now has a new name to better reflect what it's all about. It's now called MOTO, being an acronym for: Members On Their Own. Nothing other than their group name has changed.

MOTO meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Priory Campus 6.30 pm. It's a very social evening. If you would like more information please contact the coordinator Vanda Outram on 07872834044.

New Group

We’ve had an outbreak of science! In January!

David Andrews will delve into Maths ‘Then and Now’. Not sure of the detail yet, so keep an eye on his page. It’ll be on every Monday afternoon except for first Mondays, so you can still get to the monthly meetings! Venue is the Birdwell Community Centre. Starts on the 13th January 2020 at 2:00pm.

We also welcome Tony Felski who, in January, will host Barnsley Rocks. Sorry all you aspiring string benders, not guitars but Geology. This group will meet at Burton Grange on the 17th of January and every third Friday thereafter.

Spanish Introduction is in the process of being split so that they can have Beginners and Intermediate groups alternate weeks from the beginning of October 2019.

Beginners start fortnightly from Monday 7th October and Intermediates fortnightly from Monday 14th October.

They are now welcoming new members for both sessions. For further information please contact the coordinator Joan Tollerfield

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.


We have another new group starting, Crochet Corner will be held at the Birdwell Community Hall, Rockingham St, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TQ on Monday afternoons. The group will start on Monday 21st October 2019 and will be held subsequently on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th week of each month from 1pm until 3pm.

If you are interested in joining this group please contact the coordinator Joan Wilkinson who looks forward to hearing from you.


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.


The Netball Group meets every week on a Monday from 2pm at Hoyland Leisure Centre, West Street, Hoyland, S74 9EH. The Coordinator is Linda McDevitt. They are looking for new members to join them so if you fancy it might be for you please contact the coordinator Linda.


Mac McKechnie Receives An Award

Congratulations from all at Barnsley U3A to Mac Mckechnie on receiving an award on 17th September 2019 at the Yorkshire County Cricket Board’s Awards Ceremony at Headingley.

Mac was presented with....

“The most Inspiring and Diverse Cricket Offer Award 2019”

Our Chair, Alan Swann said, "We should all be so proud of Mac for putting both Walking Cricket and BU3A on the map."

Mac says, “For me, more important than the award, was the fact that the mainstream cricket world certainly in Yorkshire and Humberside has accepted Walking Cricket as a sport, and endorsed it’s existence as a credible part of the cricket world for the first time.” He goes on to add, ”the Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Board had done his homework and spent some time talking about the work of U3A to a packed audience.”

Brilliant and well done Mac.


Love Later Life Event

A number of our members performed at the 'Love Later Life Event' which took place under the 'Age Friendly Barnsley' banner at Barnsley Civic on Hanson Street on Monday 30th September. The event was opened by the Mayor.
(See poster in right side column)


Following a very successful engagement at the BMBC sponsored event at the Barnsley Civic (Age Friendly Barnsley) recently, the Old Blowers entertained at the St Johns Coffee morning Mapplewell on the 21st September 2019. This helped raise funds for the Church.

In the evening they performed at Mapplewell Village Hall for the Barnsley Hospice were many of our U3A members popped along to support a worthwhile cause.


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 the group please contact the coordinator Helen Dew

The Bread making Group starts again on the 30th September 2019. Further details can be obtained from the coordinator, Chris North

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 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)


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


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