SU3A news

U3A Orienteering – short course

This is a six week course introducing the basics of orienteering, including map reading and navigation.

The course costs £10. More details in Links 192: April 2019, page 13. Pleased apply by April 20th.

Art and Meditation Workshops – short course

Access your creative spirit with this 5-week course – which might be extended if there is sufficient interest.
It will take place in the downstairs room of the Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW on Tuesdays from 2.45 pm to 4.45 pm. For beginners and intermediate. Starts April 23rd. See Links 192: April 2019, page 9 for more details.



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