Barnsley & District


Barnsley & District U3A (BU3A) - Penistone Area Information

This page is to help BU3A members that live in the Penistone area be more aware of new local developments in your area, drop-in meetings etc.

Please note that the Penistone area is not separate from Barnsley & District U3A. All members from either area are always equally welcome to attend groups held in the Barnsley and Penistone areas.

The Penistone Project has been created to enable those in the Penistone area to benefit from all of the facilities of the Barnsley & District U3A, whilst also benefiting from much easier access through also having groups more locally in the Penistone area.


We now have twelve groups in the Penistone area, plus the Drop In Session. They are:

Board Games, first and third Mondays in the Bar room, St John's Community centre at 7-9pm. We have a variety of games to choose from but are willing to be led by the group. Why not come and join us. We play Triominoes. Qwirkle, Great British Train Game, Mexican Train to name a few

Crown Green Bowling, 10-30 to 12.30 every Tuesday, at Penistone Bowling Club. The artificial green is wheelchair friendly and you will be made very welcome. The season will recommence as soon as the coronavirus lock down is lifted.

Patchwork Projects, first and third Tuesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm, St John's Community Centre.

Walking Group meeting on 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, as announced.

Crafty Chat, every other Friday, 2-4pm. At Penistone scout Hut, Wentworth Road.

Penistone Social History, studying 1970 - present day, 2nd Thursday of the month at Penistone Library, 10am to 11.15am. Suspended until further notice.

West Africa a new group starting Thursday 5th September 2019, 10-11am in Penistone Library, then every first Thursday of the month, suspended until further notic, due to coronavirus.

Paramount Theatre Group Meeting as announced. This group visits the theatre to see live productions, live streaming, ballet and occasional films.

Pastry with Chris As advertised. Courses last seven weeks. The next course starts on Monday 9th March 2020, 12:00 - 2:00pm, £13, please phone the co-ordinator, Chris North for details.

Vintage Social, every second Thursday of the month, also at St John's Community Centre, 8-10pm.

Art Group Penistone Every Friday 1pm to 4pm at Penistone scout hut, Wentworth Road. This group is suspended due to coronavirus

MOTO Penistone. This group is for Members On Their Own and will meet once a month at Penistone scout hut, Wentworth Road on a Friday 1.30pm to 3pm as advertised. they will organise day trips, meals out, theatre etc as the group requires.This group is currently suspended due to coronavirus.

Penistone Drop In Sessions
These are held at St. John's Community Centre, Bar Room, just off the main hall, between 10am and 12 noon, on the first Thursday of the month. Come and find out what is happening in your U3A. Information on Travel Group, new groups and social items will be available as will the Buzz Magazine. This is open to all members and prospective members. Call in and see me and enjoy the refreshments at the Country Market! Suspended until further notice due to coronavirus.

Walking Cricket has also started. during the colder months they meet at Hoyland Leisure centre but will come to Dodworth Miners Welfare club in April. They meet every other Wednesday and alternate weeks - every other Thursday during the summer and every Thursday at Hoyland during the winter. For more information phone the co-ordinators. This group is currently suspended due to coronavirus.

Note from Travel Committee
Day trips and overnight stays organised for Barnsley U3A will pick up in Penistone. Stays of two nights or more pick up from home by taxi and you are then taken to a central point.

Travel Group trips for 2020
Sunday 8th March Day Trip to Salford Quays. Pick up Penistone. A good day out, enjoyed by all. Plenty to see and do - Art Gallery, Media centre tour, War Museum North etc.

3rd and 4th April trip to London to see Tutenkhaman, DBB, places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Pick up in Penistone. This trip was cancelled due to coronavirus

Sunday 17th May Chester Canal Cruise with 3 course lunch, pick up in Penistone. This trip is currently on hold until we are informed about the lockdown.

7th and 8th June Blists Hill and Shrewsbury, DBB, pick up in Penistone. We have postponed this trip until next year

For more information on these trips please phone Chrissie White

Page last reviewed 29/03/2020 by Helen Dew