Barnsley & District



Although Barnsley’s heritage is rooted in the industrial revolution, principally mining and glassmaking, there is very little left of such industries now. The pit heads have been taken down and the slag heaps turned back to pasture. Surrounded by ancient villages, historic parkland and bordering onto the Peak District, Barnsley has some excellent places to visit for those wanting to delve into history or get back to nature.

Within the Town Hall itself there is a brand new Experience Barnsley Museum that gives a good insight into the area. Our members come from within the town itself plus the many outlying villages and our groups use facilities all over the borough.


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! Click U3A for National U3A site.

We are a lively and friendly organisation offering a wide range of learning, creative and leisure groups. currently we have over 130 groups. It is a good way to meet people and make new friends.

Annual cost of membership is low at just £12.00 per annum, a £5.00 one-off charge, 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, Helen Dew, 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 fewer than 30 members, we now have just over 1,280 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 About Us 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.

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