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 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)


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.

The Third Age Trust 2019 National Conference and AGM 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

New Groups News

There are rumours afoot about Calligraphy restarting. When the webmaster gets details - you'll know next.

More new groups

Some more groups:

Beth tells me that Joy Nicholson (07787074442) is to start a new Group Yoga and Meditation at Worsbrough Bridge Sports Centre on a Thursday - 2pm to 4pm - its to be weekly and started a few Thursdays ago !!

Betty and Petty Higginbottom (01924 255652) are start/take over Sing along for fun (used to be karaoke) at the Polyfox Centre also on Thursdays 2:00pm to 4:00pm but on 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Again I'm behind with the news as this has been going on since March. They are looking for members by the way.

Helen Dew is my next informant and mentions that 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. Again I'm behind with the news as this too has been running since March.

Helen is up again next with 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)

Helen again with a new Crown Green Bowling Group Millhouse green Club. This is 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

Walking Cricket
This rumour was true! New Walking Cricket is to be a fact. I know its the wrong season, but you can ask Santa for a cricket bat. So details are it'll be bi-weekly meets at Dodworth Miners Welfare on Wednesdays starting 10am on January 9th 2019 (I think this will be weather permitting but who knows). And I think I heard it was to be mixed! like the Footy! Mac McKechnie and Roy Gamble will be leading this venture and if you're interested contact Roy on 07891745633.

Basic First Aid
Carole Anne Felton is running a new 4 week course starting soon, weekly. It’s every Thursday 10 to 12:00 am at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, Doncaster Rd., Barnsley S70 3HA. So give her a bell on 01226 284852 or 077808 22759 if you'd like to learn this valuable skill. Who knows, the life you save might be yours!

And there's a hint that this mixed sport lark could spread to Netball (don't us chaps call that shooting' Hoops?. So Mixed Walking Netball - talk to Linda McDevitt


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:-

Emmerdale/Harrogate Friday 08/03/19 £35
Trent River Cruise with carvery Sunday 09/06/19 £36
Beamish Monday 16/09/19 £36

Here are the holidays ;-

Norfolk Broads and Sandringham5 days 20/05/19 £399 pp
Stratford and Warwick Castle 1 night 05/07/19 £115 pp
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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