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 1050 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.

Planned for September in Penistone are more courses:

How we used to live Social history and literature, in the Conference room, Penistone Library Starting Thursday 13th September 2018, 10am to 11:30. Then every second Thursday.

West Africa This will look at Geography, History, Literature and Culture of West Africa concentrating on Ghana and Nigeria. This starts Tuesday 4th September 2018, again at Conference room, Penistone Library, 10:00 - 11:00am. Then every first Tuesday of the month.

Both of these courses will be taken by Barbara Lukey MA

For further information contact: Helen Dew on 01226 891130

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK

We have two 100K events coming up (please see below for details) and we would love to have these listed on your website, to promote to your members, who we believe would be very interested in our events

All the proceeds from these events will go directly to helping our charity Blind Veterans UK. At Blind Veterans UK, we believe that no one who'€™s served our country should battle blindness alone. Founded in 1915 and previously known as St Dunstan’s, Blind Veterans UK marked 100 years of service in 2015. From our birth through to modern day, we continue to provide a lifetime’s practical and emotional support, helping blind veterans to recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss. By supporting us, you could contribute greatly towards our goal and the overall ongoing success of the charity.

100K London to Brighton 7-8 July2018
Walk from the capital to the coast. Our pioneering route starts in South West London at the Fulham Rugby Club. You'll cross the North and South Downs, and finish by the sea at our Brighton centre.

100K Yorkshire 23-24 June 2018
Walk through the day and into the night. Start and finish at Darley Memorial Hall in the beautiful Nidderdale. You'll pass through Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle and lots of stunning fields.

For more information about our 100K challenges please visit our website - or details from

New Groups News

More new groups

Mixed Walking Football
This group have been steadily building since it started on Friday 6th April. To date 7 of our ladies have tried it with 10 men involved, thus far. Nicola Foote will lead. Kick off is at 10am at the Dodworth Miners Welfare and Social Club 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Do come and watch or better still play.

Board Games, Penistone
Another Board Games group will be starting in Penistone. We have booked the IT suite in St. John’s Community Centre for the first and 3rd Monday evenings, 7-9pm, to start on 21st May. The coordinators are Jenny Maddrell 07376782295 and Elaine Weir

Gadget Help
First Meeting Thursday 26th April at the Emmanuel church 10.30 to 12pm. Every fortnight from that date.

The purpose of the group is to give members the opportunity to come along with their tablets, iPads, phones, even laptops.

You might have a new phone you can't quite get to grips with, or maybe it's a tablet your kids kindly purchased for you, that apart from turning on you hadn't gotten a clue what to do with, or perhaps you'd like to come and try having a go with a view to purchasing. Hopefully, we should be able to offer you this opportunity.

Modern technology doesn't have to be scary. Sending and receiving emails is a lovely way of keeping in touch with family and friends. Facebook is a whole new world, and the BU3A has its own group, once you've learned how to stay safe online the world's your oyster. Perhaps you've got family that lives a distance away, even abroad. You can use your phone or tablet free on WIFI to chat to them.

You can purchase a tablet from as little as £35 for a 7” kindle Fire, £110 for a kindle 10” tablet. You can spend as little or as much as you wish going up to an Ipad) for £300 £400 pounds. Even if you've got a laptop you've never mastered, pop along and see how we can help you.

Vanda Outram will lead this group. For details call 07872834044.


A Stringalongs fledging group for aspirant Ukelele players. Led by Frank Skupski (01226 390069) they will meet on alternate Wednesdays at the King Street Flats.

Beginners' Spanish

Will be led by Joan Tollerfield (01226 741014) on Monday morning at Birdwell Community Centre.

Tai Chi

A second Tai Chi group at St Thomas' Church. Contact Brian Latham (01226 207180) for details. As there is already a waiting list from the first Tai Chi course, this will fill quickly.

Toutes Flutes

This group, as the name indicates, is for those interested in playing and or learning to play the Flute. It will meet, weekly, at Emmanuel Church every Thursday at 10:00am. They will be willing to teach you to play but the catch is you need to bring your own Flute. First meeting will be on 1st February 2018.

For any other details call Derek Bacon on 01226 385235.

Sunday Strollers

Again as the name suggests a short easy stroll, especially good for those with hip or knee problems or even in wheelchairs and the possibility of hiring a scooter. As an added bonus they aim for a café at the end of the walk. These will happen on second Sunday (there's a surprise!) of the month.
For any other details contact Beth Rudkin on 01226 241477.


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*

Friday May 25th – day out in York - £14

June 10th to 16th – 7 days in Cornwall visiting St Ives, Eden Project and Port Isaac – £379*

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).