Barnsley & District


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

Special Notice

Following Government advice Barnsley U3A has taken the decision to curtail its activities until further notice. It will be trying to keep in touch with members through its Facebook Group and will be supporting individual groups to create their own regular contact arrangements using electronic media such as WhatsApp and other individual and/or Group telephone conferencing arrangements.

New Groups

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!

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.

Due to Popularity, MOTO (Members on their Own) is starting a second group. Venue, day and time are the same as the original, but it'll be the fourth Tuesday of the month, see details above.

If too much Christmas Pud is proving a problem try Stepping up to Fitness starting end of January on Wednesdays, am. This involves light exercise and steps I gather. Soon be getting the waistline back - see Groups Calendar.

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.


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.


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.


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 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)



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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