SU3A news


Poetry Group – The War Poets

I am interested in starting a new Poetry Group that focuses on the War Poets, pricipally

 The aim of the group would be to not only explore the poetry but also consider the lives of the poets, and how their narratives were influenced by the era in which they lived and the effects of war on their work.

My own experience of poetry goes back to being at school, so I have no formula for how to examine and evaluate the work of the poets, and I would prefer a very fluid, conversational approach, very much led by members of the group.

I am still working part-time and suggest that meeting fortnightly would be a good way to start. The other proviso is that the group meets in the south east of the city – Gleadless, Beighton, Kiveton / Wales / Killamarsh. I realise some of these areas cross into different towns – Rotherham, North Derbyshire but unfortunately I feel most groups are based in S11, S10, S7 areas and this makes travel difficult for those living in the south east corner!

I am happy to host early meetings in my home (Wales, S26) but the group could consider rotating this to other members’ homes if appropriate. This means that there should be no charge for the group, except perhaps a few refreshments to keep us going! I envisage this being a relatively small group to allow good discussion, perhaps a maximum of 10 people.

Please contact me by e-mail if interested:


Sheffield U3A Wednesday Cycling


This is a new group for mature cyclists who enjoy moderate rides (10-20 miles depending on the terrain), at moderate speeds (10mph on the flat). We will mainly try to stick to surfaced tracks, trails and low traffic lanes and avoid steep hills.

Sheffield being as hilly as it is means that we will normally have to get ourselves and our bikes to various start points within a few miles of Sheffield. Sometimes it will be possible to start the ride at a train station. The tracks are often not suitable for lightweight road bikes.

I intend to start with a ride on the first Wednesday morning of the month. Hopefully this will quickly increase to first and third Wednesdays (or more) as members suggest new routes that they know and are able to lead.


If you are interested in joining please contact Sandie Andrews:-

07887 740592

New Ukulele Group       UKELEAR POWER

A new ukulele group is starting at the end of April. Playing the ukulele, and singing along, is fun and popular because you get quick results after only a few sessions. No previous knowledge of music is necessary.

We will meet on alternate Tuesday mornings at Fulwood Old Chapel, 8a Whiteley Lane, S10 4GL, near Forge Dam. Easy parking.

I have just moved to Sheffield from Canterbury where I co-ordinated groups for 6 years and I look forward to meeting new ukies here.


For more information please ring

Christine Osborne, 07753 662073,


Thursday Craft Group 

We are looking for new members for our newly formed craft group. We meet fortnightly in members homes to share our knowledge and ideas to make different crafts together. No specific skills required – just a love of making things.

Please contact Barbara Lowe 07722 870390


Backgammon is one of the oldest known board games. Its history can be traced back nearly 5,000 years. It’s a two-player game where each player has fifteen pieces (checkers) which move between twenty-four triangles (points) according to the roll of two dice. The objective of the game is to be first to bear off, i.e. move all fifteen checkers off the board. There isn’t a U3A group at the moment, carrying on this ancient tradition, so we thought we’d try to form one. If there’s enough interest, we’ll have an initial planning meeting and then meet in group members’ houses. We live in Woodseats. All levels of skill would be welcome. One of us is an experienced player; the other an absolute beginner. We are:

Mike Murfin: 63 Firbeck Road, Sheffield S8 ONF Tel: 07918874779

Peter Hulse: 25 Harbord Road, Sheffield S80BB Tel: 07779336029;

Please get in contact.


Sheffield U3a Military History Group invites you…


Our next few talks are ‘open’ to other SU3a Members with the aim of increasing our membership.


Thursday 31 January ‘The Anglo-Zulu Wars’ by Andrew Beard


Thursday 28 February ‘A Chindit’s Tale – The Battle of Blackpool Block’ by John Green whose father was there. His Brigade Commander and Padre contributed written records which vividly portray the action.


Thursday 28 March ‘The Secret WW2 Listeners of Gilnahirk by John Guest

Meetings are held at

St Francis of Assisi Church, 277 Sandygate Road, Sheffield, S10 5SD,

from 1.45pm – 3.45pm with a refreshment break

The church is on the 51 Bus Route, opposite the currently closed Plough Public House and has a large car park at the rear of the church.

Practical Philosophy (Posted November 2018)

We started meeting (three-weekly) two years ago and we try to keep our focus on practical aspects of the philosophers we study.

This year we have looked at philosophies of the enlightenment, including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Spinoza and Rousseau, and also Mary Wolstonecraft and Edmund Burke. We have also discussed Kierkegaarde, Mill and Feddie Ayer, and had an introduction to Indian philosophy.

Planned sessions are on Schopenhauer, the letters of Seneca, how to choose a philosophy, Avicenna, Kant, Sartre and Wittgenstein.

Numbers are restricted by space available. We do have room for a couple more members. If you are interested please contact me on 0114 2306505, or at

Martin Manby

Urgent request for new organisers for Weekenders

Have you ever been on a trip with Sheffield U3A Weekenders group and thought “I would like to help organise events like this”? The Weekenders’ team has been doing just that for quite a while and we are all hoping to retire from the job some time in the future.

We are now looking for some enthusiastic members to replace us. No experience is necessary, and don’t worry – we won’t throw you into the deep end. The job isn’t arduous; it entails organising a couple of trips or events a year.

Over the past nine years the Weekenders group has enjoyed quiz nights, guided walks and meals out and day trips to the seaside, stately homes, the theatre and many other places.

If you would like to help us or to find out more, please contact any member of the Weekenders team:

Dot Sutcliffe 0114 2685918 or

Jill Saxby 01302 532830 or

Jean Stevenson 0114 3276294 or

Jane Whitehead 0114 4577740 or


Poetry written by women (Posted August 2018)

If you are interested in a monthly meeting to read and discuss poetry written by women please contact Ann Granville on The group would probably meet at Chapeltown library early afternoon once a month. There would be a small charge to cover the cost of the room. If you are interested in the writing of women as diverse as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath, Wendy Cope, U A Fanthorpe or Pam Ayres, if you want to uncover the reason for the popularity of Patience Strong’s verses in WW2 this could be your chance to meet likeminded people to learn more.

New Quiz Group

Is anyone interested in forming a Quiz Group? the idea would be to form a sociable team or teams to take part in pub quizzes
around the city, If there is sufficient interest I would do the research to find suitable locations and dates that we can agree on.
If you are interested please contact Paul Rowan by email:



Sheffield U3A Deaf Awareness group – Help needed

We have changed the name from ‘Deaf’ to ‘Deaf Awareness’ partly because the completely deaf need a signer. We are a friendly, supportive group that meets monthly and exchanges experiences and information with each other. We use the Tourtalk system to aid communication. We still have a few places for new members.

We wish to set up a lip-reading support group but need a person who has previously taught lip reading to help us get started. If any U3A member or potential member has this skill we would much appreciate their help. Christopher Carter can be contacted (text preferred) on 07855 908007 or e-mail

Estne opus magistro?*

Latin is one of the most popular languages for study among Sheffield U3A members, with a steady stream of would-be beginners eager to join them.  Unfortunately all four groups are now so advanced that it is impractical for them to do so, and no-one has yet come forward who is willing to teach a new one.
One possible solution to this impasse might be a ‘teacher-free’ group in which members learn together co-operatively using a suitable textbook.  It has been known to work for modern language groups, so why not Latin?
If you would be interested in joining such a group, come along to the drop-in on Tuesday 3rd July 10am-12 noon at the Central United Reformed Church on Norfolk Street and ask for Group B general coordinator Ann Granville.  If you can’t be there, you can indicate your interest to Ann by emailing
*Latin for “Is a teacher necessary?”