Barnsley & District


Special Notice

Following Government advice Barnsley U3A has taken the decision to curtail its activities until further notice. It will be keepIng in touch with members in a number ways Including emails, two member only Facebook Groups and will be supporting individual groups to create their own regular contact arrangements using electronic media such as Zoom, WhatsApp and other individual and/or Group telephone and video conferencing arrangements. A group has been set up to experiment with larger groups, to emulate a digital form of the Monday monthly meeting to occur, using Zoom and members wishing to join this group should contact ‘‘ with an email and ask to be included. In the case of members without access to the internet they will receive telephone calls and/or letters through the postal service. It is also our intention to continue to produce our quarterly newsletter (The Buzz) and the quarterly Interim Buzz. Hard copies of the newsletter will be posted to all our members during the closedown... Click this video link Life in Lockdown.

The U3A movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

We are a lively and friendly organisation offering a wide range of learning, creative and leisure groups. currently we have 125 groups. It is a good way to meet people and make new friends. Click this link to find out more What is U3A.

Annual cost of membership is low at just £12.00 per annum and a blue box donation of £1.00 per meeting to cover costs including room hire and other overheads. Our activities are organised by our members who share their skills and expertise. We have interest groups meeting regularly, and once a month we have a meeting which is open to all members at Priory Campus, Pontefract Road, Lundwood, S71 5PN.

We hope you will join us especially if you have an interest or skill to share. To find out more please contact our New Members Secretary on 0751 2206 285 or you can download and complete the membership form. As above the full year membership fee is £12 per. annum, but should you join later in the year these fees are reduced to £8 and £4. for New Members.

About Our U3A

Our U3A was established in July 1996 with less than 30 members and we now have a few more than a 1100 members - new members are always welcome!

We are an independent, free standing charity affiliated to The Third Age Trust.

In this country there are now over 1000 U3As with a total membership of nearly 400,000 people.

Barnsley & District U3A became a Registered Charity in its own right in October 1999.

How are we organized?

The management of BU3A is vested in a Committee, currently 12 members, who are elected by the general membership at the AGM. It is their duty and responsibility to carry out the general policy and to provide for the administration, management and control of the affairs and property of B&D U3A. This committee meets on a monthly basis. (See our Who Is Who page for photos, names, and allotted tasks of the current committee) and Organisation.

Who chooses the Group activities and how are they run?

Barnsley U3A operates within a radius of approximately 10 miles from the centre of Barnsley, and group meetings are held at various locations within this area. Group activities are chosen by members.

In keeping with the U3A principle of "self help and co-operation", all group activities are led by a member of the Group acting as Group Coordinator.