SU3A and Group News

Ukulele 2 -Change of venue

Ukulele 2 is moving from Chapeltown to the centre of Sheffield. From Tuesday, August 6th, and fortnightly onwards, we will be meeting in a room above the Blend Cafe in Pinstone Street. Our playing sessions are for fun and we would be pleased to see new members – all abilities are welcome.



Vintage Voices, the SU3A performance choir, is looking for a Deputy Conductor with a view to their present conductor Robert Spooner stepping down in the next year or so. Robert who is now 80, has enjoyed the privilege of introducing the choir to a wide variety of music, including some of his own arrangements and compositions, while encouraging all abilities to relish singing together.

The choir was set up in March 2013 and gave its first entertainment to an OAP Lunch Club in December that year. Since then we have amassed an eclectic repertoire, ranging from Mediaeval chansons and motets to Pop songs and excerpts from Musicals and  Oratorios.We have performed at some 50 events, mostly in Old Peoples Homes and Lunch Clubs. Recently we spread our wings with a Cathedral recital and a concert in Baslow Church.

We meet on Monday mornings at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, enabling our members to use their travel passes from all over Sheffield. We do not have auditions and welcome newcomers.



Poetry lovers! We are hoping to form a new group, meeting fortnightly in Totley at a venue near the 97 and 218 bus stop.It will be  in the afternoon, hopefully on Wednesdays depending on interest, ending at 4pm with a cup of tea.We welcome anyone interested in English poetry to study and analyse the classics of literature – ie it is not a group for the writing of poetry, but for anyone who enjoys poetry and likes to see how it gets its effects. Contact Bette Phillips at 0114 2366334 or by



Poetry Group – The War Poets

For details of this potential new group based in SE Sheffield see LINKS 193, page 6

Walking Cricket

Barnsley and Wakefield U3As have Walking Cricket teams and are hoping that Sheffield U3A will start their own team. For details see LINKS 193, page 8.



Mindful Ageing Group: Opening to new members

The aim of the group is to explore how mindfulness can enhance our lives as we age. The group has been up and running for around 18 months and we’d now like to open it to new members who are invited in the first instance to undertake a short four-week course in mindfulness.

The course will introduce a variety of mindfulness practices including meditation, informal mindfulness, simple mindful movement [a blend of yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong], elements of positive psychology and topics such as compassion and loving kindness.  The focus will be on how these practices can help us “age well”.

The course will be run in the Autumn on Thursday afternoons, 14.15 – 16.45, running from 17 October to 7 November and will be held in the Multifaith Centre at Sheffield Hallam University City.  Following this, participants will be able to join our regular meetings that are held on the second Thursday of the month.

If you’d like a place on the course or for more details, please contact Mike at

Dr John Darwin

Mike Pupius (0114 258 7568)

Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement



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 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