Sheffield U3A Groups Recruiting

New Members Welcome

For a list of groups that are actively recruiting click here.

Sheffield U3A ‘Deaf Group’
The group was formed in the Spring of 2017, specifically for members of the U3A who are partially deaf or becoming deaf. We have the following current and possible future objectives:

  • Mutual support, by sharing experiences of the difficulties of deafness and communication;
  • Sharing information, such as the existence and advantages of using the disability card and the disability railcard and experiences of using deaf support equipment;
  • Sharing experience of attending entertainment venues and communicating any problems we have had, both to each other and to the venues themselves;
  • Raising deaf awareness both within the U3A and the wider community;
  • Finding ways in which the deaf can participate with U3A activities;
  • Promotion and awareness of such things as lip reading, sign language and voice recognition systems that help deaf people communicate and function more effectively;
  • Communication with other groups concerned with deafness outside of the U3A;
  • Organisation of outside activities for U3A members, such as attendance at captioned performances of plays and socials such as barbecues and walks;
  • Lobbying on behalf of and assisting other groups of deaf people such as those in sheltered accommodation and nursing homes.

The group meets monthly at the Quaker Meeting house, which is very close to Sheffield Cathedral. The post code is S1 2EW. The venue has been selected because it is quiet with reasonable acoustics and easily accessible by public transport. The meeting usually lasts for an hour and a half to two hours. Generally, between eight and twelve members attend each meeting. We make a small charge of £2.50 to cover the cost of the room; tea and coffee is available at the start of the meeting for an additional £1 paid directly to the venue. To join the group contact the group coordinator Chris Carter U3AChrisCarter@gmail.com or contact him on 07855908007(preferably using text).

“Are you hard of hearing? Chris Carter is hoping to set up a group to learn to lip-read, led by a professional teacher. The plan is to have two-hour sessions, in a City centre location. There would be a charge, which would comply with U3A rules. Time, date and venue are yet to be decided. If you are interested, or know anyone else who may be interested, please come to the Drop In on Tuesday 3rd October or contact  Chris Carter by text on 07855908007  or by e-mail U3AChrisCarter@gmail. Com

The group itself meets monthly and offers mutual support and information. We also aim to work with Sheffield venues to improve facilities for the hard-of-hearing and to share experience. New members are welcome.

The Sheffield U3A committee are interested in enabling the roughly 25% of its members with hearing problems to fully participate in activities. It is intended to purchase a portable loop system that can be lent to groups who have deaf members.

The charity “Action on hearing” have suggested various ways in which hearing people can help. Suggestions include:
If the person uses lipreading, as most do, at least to some extent, you should look for an area with good lighting away from noise and distraction to have a conversation and make sure you have the person’s attention before speaking;
You should speak normally and clearly, without raising your voice but using normal lip movements facial expression and gestures whilst keeping your face towards them;
You should make sure that what you are saying is understood and if not try saying it in a different way and try to get to the point without waffling.”


Feminists Over Fifty

Feminists Over Fifty is a lively Feminist Social and Discussion group. New members are always very welcome.  
Our regular meetings are as follows:

1. Every First Tuesday of the month we meet at Edison's Cafe, 2-4 York Street, S1 at 10.30 for a social and discussion group.

2. Every Second Wednesday of the month we meet at the Showroom Cafe at 10.30 for a social group.

3. Every Third Monday of the month we meet at the Quaker Meeting house at 10.15 for a discussion group.  There is a £3.00 fee.

4. Every Fourth Tuesday of the month we have an evening meeting.

Please just turn up or get in touch with Maggie, who is the Group Coordinator. Tel: 0114 2306600 or email: feministsoverfifty@gmail.com

Art on Tuesday (July 2017)

We are an existing group of artists who would like to welcome new members to join us weekly, on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm at Ecclesall Parish Hall on Ringinglow Road, S11 7PP.
We are a self-help group painting in all media. We have no tutor but several members of the group are able to offer informal tuition if required.
For more information ,please contact Graham Woodthorpe on 0114 2960535.
The low cost of hiring the room is divided equally between members on a quarterly basis.

New Belleplates Group (July 2017)

Belleplates are a bit like handbells but lighter to handle. If anyone is interested in joining a new group and learning to play please contact Rosemary Anderson 0114 268 0924/ email: reanderson1946@aol.com.

Once the group is formed meetings will be held at Rosemary's house in the Crookes area.

French for holidays and conversation (June 2017)

If you are interested in joining a new, informal, group studying French for holidays and conversation please contact me or come to the July Drop In at 10.30 on Tuesday 4th July or Tuesday 1st August. We hope to start in the autumn in the S10 area of Sheffield, probably in September.

Ann G
Sheffield U3A General coordinator, group B
British Humanist Association member, funeral celebrant

Gentle Aerobic/Zumba (June 2017)
Another fun, but worthwhile, fitness session, tailor made for SU3A members. If you feel the need to keep active, but have to take care, for whatever reason, this could be for you. Fully-qualified tuition for small groups. Now available on Tuesday at 9.15 am or Saturday at 10.15 am. Drop-in cost of £7, £30 block booking. The venue is Fairplay Sport, 7 Westbrook Court, 2 Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, S11 8YZ.

Ann Evans tattyheadx2gmail.com (0114) 348 6607 /07810 657779

5-string Banjo (June 2017)
I’m wondering if there are any 5-string banjo players out there in Sheffield U3A? I’ve only been playing for 3 years (mainly old-time and some classic) but would love to form a group with other banjo enthusiasts to share tunes, play together and hopefully make some music – and yes, I do know all the jokes about banjos and music!
Please do contact me if you are interested.

Liz Pickles (0114) 263 1640 lizliz-p.org.uk

Scrabble Group (June 2017)
Liz Barber, who founded the Scrabble group many years ago, has stepped down as coordinator. The group thanks her very much for all her hard work, time and expertise over the years. Liz was, (and still is), a champion Scrabble player. Her wordsmith ability included winning 'Countdown', showing she can add up as well!
The Scrabble group meets fortnightly on Fridays at The Old Sharrow Junior School 1.00 – 4.00 pm. We are a friendly bunch with varying abilities and would positively welcome new members. If you are interested please contact:

Rosemary Newall (0114) 236 0728 or
Sue Blackwell mickandsueaol.com

Deaf Awareness and Support Group

Following a request for interest in the October issue of Links magazine a deaf awareness and support group has been set up. The initial aims of the group are to:
• Foster friendship between hard-of-hearing members of the U3A;
• Exchange experiences of ways in which deafness affects different people;
• Exchange experience of using hearing aids and accessories as well as using smart phones and other technology;
• Exchange experience of using hearing support in places like local theatres and cinemas;
• Offer support to fellow hard-of-hearing members and to discuss coping strategies and ways of living in a hearing world as well as setting up lip-reading and finger-spelling classes;
• Feed ideas and experiences to the U3A committee about appropriate venues and hearing equipment; and
• Offer ideas on protocols that might be helpful for U3A members to adopt in supporting members who are hard of hearing.
Should you wish to join the group contact Chris Carter at:
Chris Carter 07855 908007 khriscartergmail.com


New Opportunities from Tailor Made Fitness and Yoga
Balance Aid - Thursdays 2.15 pm

Small group 40-minute session with personal trainer focused solely on balance, core and leg mobility and strengthening. This is based on the Otago programme and has been developed to help standing balance and to prevent falls. Reduced charge for block of 6 sessions, or pay £8 per session.

Restorative Yoga - Tuesdays 2.00 pm

This 60-minute session is perfect for those who prefer a less vigorous, more restorative class. Relaxed, yet invigorating yoga to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, mobility and balance as well as to promote an all-round sense of well-being. This class combines warm-ups, basic yoga postures, breathing exercises and a guided relaxation session.
Modifications can be given and postures adapted to suit individual ability. 6-week courses, reduction for block booking or pay £7 per session.
Ann Evans (0114) 3486607 or 07810 657779
co-ordinator tattyheadx2gmail.com

Walking Group B Silver Jubilee!

We members of Walking Group B are celebrating our Silver Jubilee year. 25 years of companionable walking is no mean achievement but the group is much more than that. It retains a strong social focus for members who go walking and those now unable to walk. The strength of any group lies in its members and we have been well served by many able and willing people who have organised and led us over the years. They’ve arranged social activities, holidays, coastal outings and, of course, walks. We thank you all. Our spirit is as strong now as it was in 1991 and we are confident the group will continue to flourish.
Joyce Cooper Coordinator

Nordic Walking Group

Following my enquiry in the October Links, as to whether there was anyone interested in joining a Nordic walking group, there was some interest expressed. Unfortunately, this has not gone any further and I am wondering if there is still a nucleus of people interested and whether there is someone who would be prepared to coordinate the group. I think the best way forward is for anyone interested to come along to the 'Drop-In’ on 2 May at the CURC at 10.30 am. All being well I will be there and will give any help I can. This will give an opportunity for those interested to meet together and discuss a way forward. Let me
know by email if you are interested. I will put something on the website nearer the time to confirm, or otherwise, whether the meeting is going to take place.

Stephanie Dixon Group A General Coordinator
(0114) 247 0119 groupsasheffieldu3a.org.uk



New Play reading group - if you are interested please come to the Drop In on 4th April at 10.45 to talk about setting up this new group, or contact General Coordinator Ann Granville on 0114 2309754


Complementary Therapies Group

Just to let you know that the new U3A Complementary Therapies Group is now up and running; we are a small (but perfectly formed…) group of folk who have a keen interest in the whole field of Complementary Therapies in all their myriad complexities.
Are you a practising therapist who would be keen to learn more about developing your therapy or finding out about others? Are complementary therapies of value in your own life and might you like to know what else might be out there? Or are you unsure about the whole field of complementary therapies, but fascinated to learn more? Why not consider joining our new group? We are planning a wide range of activities encompassing discussions, demonstrations, talks, visits, skills swaps, pro bono work - the possibilities are endless. We also aim to have some fun!
We meet once a month on alternate Thursdays and Friday mornings.
We are still searching for our “forever home” but the latest dates and venues can be supplied on request. To find out more please contact:
Liz Lucas Co-ordinator 07749 174588 lizziecraftsgmail.com

English Language Group

There are now several vacancies in the English Language group which
meets monthly on a Tuesday morning. This is not a taught group but is
fully participatory and depends upon members researching and
presenting topics. In recent months we have looked at English as a world
language, Language disability, Language change, and in honour of the
referendum, the languages of Europe. For more information contact the
group coordinator:
Maggie Lyons (0114) 236 6195 lyonsmaidhotmail.com

Digital Photography Group

This is a well-established group, with members ranging from beginners to
those with considerable knowledge of and experience in photography.
Meeting monthly this group caters for anyone with an interest in
photography. Each month the group focuses on a different aspect of
photography, including photo editing. The meetings consist of talks by
members and outside speakers, practical sessions and field trips.
Each month there is a theme for members to take and display their
photographs for comments and discussion if they wish. The meetings
take place on the third Thursday of each month between 2.00 and 4.00 pm
at Millhouses Methodist Church at the bottom of Millhouses Lane, S7 2AH.
This is a friendly and welcoming group so if you are interested in finding
out more please contact the group co-ordinators.
Alan Zinober (0114) 236 7001
Pat Robins (01246) 416850 patpatrob.plus.com

Calling all History Lovers...

History 1 meets on alternate Tuesday mornings at Abbeydale Sports
Centre, Abbeydale Road South, S17 3LJ. The talks are given by
members of the group on a wide variety of historical topics. We would
welcome new members and for details please contact:
Janet Haigh (0114) 230 3070 janet.haighicloud.com

Poetry for Pleasure

How about trying something new? Have you considered our friendly
group, named “Poetry for Pleasure”. Do not be put off by memories of
lessons where the poetry was almost buried beneath many technical
terms and close analysis. This is not how we read poetry. We always
extend a welcome to those who wish to try out the group. At the moment
we have two, possibly three, places in the group. If you wish to either join
or to come along for a “taster” then telephone me for further details.
Patricia Parkin (0114) 236 8009

Map reading for walkers

Even with GPS on your smart phone, the olden times skill of reading a
paper map is still essential for finding your way. I’m offering map reading
coaching (i.e. a very heavily practice-based course, maximum six people
per group, first come first served). I’ve done this before and enjoyed it -
I even have a mountain leadership certificate! - so thought I would offer it
through U3A walking groups. I’m planning on 4 to 6 half-day sessions,
weekly. We won’t do more than 4 miles per session. Your own current
ability doesn’t matter, though if you manage to follow routes well now, you
might prefer to wait for Stage 2!
You’ll need normal walking kit, and be able to walk over some rough
ground. We could organise car sharing to our locations near Sheffield and
this will be the only cost. Starting this up in U3A is a bit experimental.
Let’s see what the demand is, then we can arrange a start date with a first
group. With continued demand I could consider more than one group per
year, possibly different levels. If you are interested please get in touch.
Gordon Macnair (0114) 258 5442 gordonmacnair.me.uk

U3A Racketball at Abbeydale

The U3A Racketball Group at Abbeydale is a very friendly group who
enjoy learning the game and socialising with other U3A members. It is
open to all U3A members and we are always looking for new people to
join us. As an indoor sport, it is a great opportunity to keep fit over the
winter and the free coffee after the session makes it a great social
Racketball is a great game for all and is a brilliant way to keep fit whilst
having fun! Racketball is the UK’s fastest growing sport due to it’s wide
appeal to all ages and abilities. It is played on a squash court with very
similar rules, but it uses a larger bouncier ball and shorter, bigger
rackets. This makes it much easier for beginners to pick up than other
sports such as tennis or squash, which is one of the reasons for its
recent growth in the UK. Rallies tend to last longer as the ball moves
slower, giving you much more time to react and move to the ball.
The racketball sessions at Abbeydale are very relaxed with a friendly and
welcoming environment. They involve different types of games, along
with some tuition and coaching from club coach, Mark Tasker. Mark is
on hand to introduce new players to the group and help them learn the rules and get started

What do our U3A members think?

“This is a lovely friendly group where you will be made most welcome.
Mark encourages us all with his coaching and then the challenge is to
incorporate these skills in our game.” Pauline (Playing 18 months)
“I’ve been coming to the sessions for well over 3 years now and I really
enjoy it. The members are very friendly and Mark is a great coach.
Some of us have even gone on to play other U3A groups from across
Yorkshire.” Jim (Playing for 3 years)
“It gets me up on a Monday morning and it’s a great way to start the week.
I can’t manage without my racketball fix!” Anne (Playing for 3 years)
“Brill way to keep fit! Lovely friendly group with tuition included to keep
us on our toes.” Liz (Playing for 1 year)
U3A Racketball sessions take place at Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbeydale
Road South, S17 3LJ on Mondays 10.30 -12.00 noon and Thursdays
10.30 -12.00 noon. If you would like more information please contact:
Peter Keen (0114) 236 4914 pckeen2000yahoo.co.uk

Mah Jong Group

If anyone is interested in learning to play Mah Jong, we have some
vacancies in the group. We meet on Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 8.30 pm
in the Robin Hood Pub, Millhouses Lane/Abbeydale Road, S7 2HB. If you
would like to join please contact me. (Please note new phone number.)
Barbara Lowe (0114) 248 8367 or 07722 870390
email: barbaralowe152gmail.com

Time to brush up your Latin?

The Latin - Old Skool group, which started as a class for complete
beginners just over a year ago, has a few vacancies. We have learned
quite a lot of Latin since we started, of course. First and second
declension nouns and their corresponding adjectives, four conjugations
of verbs in four different tenses and a generous sprinkling of
prepositions are all, if not old friends, at least nodding acquaintances.
On a good day and with a following wind, we also know our nominative
singulars from our ablative plurals, where to put - and to find - our
subjects, verbs and objects, and even how to ask questions.
If you learned your Latin the traditional way and this bandying around of
almost-forgotten grammatical terms is getting you all nostalgic and
misty-eyed, maybe you should join us. To find out more, contact:
Paul Cordwell (0114) 327 3954 paulcordwell3gmail.com

Real Life Incident

When members of the Latin Improvers group found the gates of their city centre
venue unexpectedly locked they took refuge in the Blue Moon Café where, with the
help of coffee and scones, the session continued as usual. The agenda (“Latin –
things needing to be done”) included a passage by the poet Ovid, who was no stranger to being shut out himself. For the last ten years of his life he was exiled to a far
distant outpost of the Empire, for reasons that remain a mystery to this
day. The Improvers’ “exile”, on the other hand, was easily explained:
someone forgot to come to work.

Paul Cordwell (0114) 327 3954 paulcordwell3gmail.com


Aspects of Art - Group 1

Aspects of Art 1 meet on the 4th Thursday of every month, except
December, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the Holy Trinity Church Hall,
Grove Road, Sheffield, S7 2GY. Speakers present to us a variety of art
themes and this year they have included talks on pottery restoration,
textile design and the influence of Japanese art on 19th and 20th century
western art. We have arranged another interesting and varied
programme for 2017.
Every year we go on a day trip and this year we are joining Aspects of Art
2 and going to Ripon and Newby Hall. We are a friendly group and would
welcome new members. If you are interested and would like to find out
more, please call Andrea Elson on 0114 236 4400 or Sallie Swann on
0114 230 4335.

Thursday Art Group 2

A thriving Art Group which meets
weekly on Thursday afternoon,13.30 -
16.00 at Ecclesall Church Parish
Room, has spaces for a few new
members. We focus on improving our
work through drawing and painting,
with guidance from our highly
experienced tutor, Roy Ridsdale.
For a chat or more details contact:
Pauline Miller 0114 258 3678 paulinemm1728pm.plus.com

New Sea Yachting Group

An opportunity has arisen to set up a new sea yachting group in Sheffield
U3A with a yacht owner offering his expertise and boat. To take this
opportunity a Group Coordinator and prospective members are required.
If you are interested, in the first instance please contact Roy Darlison.
Roy Darlison randbdarlisonwaitrose.com


Personal Finance Group

Back in business after the summer holiday we have arranged a very interesting programme for the year ahead. Essentially we are a participatory group but we hope also to have experts on Care in the Community, Inheritance Tax and Data Security to come to speak to us. Other topics to be discussed include Investment Costs, Getting our Financial Affairs in Order and Reviewing Post Brexit. At each meeting we also have “Open Forum” to introduce discussion on matters of current interest to our members. We meet on the 3rd Monday monthly at 14.00 at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL. To see our 2016- 17 programme, look at our Homepage on the SU3A website. If this appeals, please contact the Coordinator:
Helen Marsh 0114 2301622 timandhelenthemarshs.plus.com

Civil Engineering Group

The Civil Engineering Group, on our recent visit to the Manvers Waste Treatment facility. We had a brilliant field trip, learning about how the plant uses household rubbish to generate gas, heat and power, using an anaerobic digester, and creating a compost-like material for use in land reclamation. It was very interesting, we all learnt a lot.
Anne Marples Co-ordinator amarplescix.co.uk

Contract Whist and Double 12 Dominoes

If you are looking for some mental stimulation, why not try Contract Whist or Double 12 Dominoes. This group has run successfully for many years, meeting on Sunday evenings. The Coordinator would also like to offer a regular midweek session for these games, times and dates to be confirmed.
Interested members please contact:
Gerald Cartwright Coordinator (0114) 266 7032 or 07855 445048

New Snooker Group –

Join the cue!
Anyone interested in playing, now has a great opportunity to join a new group for Sheffield U3A members. We will play at St John’s Church Hall, Abbeydale Road South (opposite the Abbeydale Sports Club) with St John’s existing club members. You don’t have to be a pot black expert to enjoy a friendly game. If you want to give it a try without committing
yourself, get in touch with:

Graham Southgate 0114 2811876 grahmsgateblueyonder.co.uk
Michael Minns 0114 2747372 m.minns452btinternet.com

Walking Group News!

I know we have many walking groups but we try to cater for everyone's needs, so here are two requests. Anyone interested in learning Nordic walking? Do you have knowledge of the poles and their correct use? If so please be in touch with me. Also, I would like to know if anyone would like to coordinate a short walk (3-4 miles) group on a Thursday or Friday. It doesn't need to be weekly. Again please be in touch.

Stephanie Dixon General Coordinator Set A
(0114) 247 0119 groupsasheffieldu3a.org.uk



Interested in Learning Spanish?

We will be starting a weekly, beginners class in September 2016, meeting either in people’s homes or at Laycocks Sports Club, Archer Rd. If you are interested
contact rosiebahr hotmail.com or come to the Drop in Session at CURC on Sept 6th.


Crown Green and Indoor Bowls in North Sheffield

An opportunity has arisen for a Crown Green and Indoor Bowls Group to
form in North Sheffield, all that is needed is a Coordinator for the group.
An excellent facility has been identified at the Steel City Bowling Club,
just near the Concord Sports Centre in Shire Green, which in addition to
crown green bowling, can at the nearby facility of Shire Green Working
Men’s Club also offer indoor bowling. Fees are extremely reasonable, at
just £20 per year for crown green bowling and a small additional fee for
indoor bowling. The role of a Group Coordinator is very rewarding and
takes little time or effort. To view or learn more about the facilities contact:
Alan Howsam ahowsamyahoo.com 0114 245 6696
If you are interested in coordinating such a group, please contact:
Pat Ryan drpjryangmail.com 0114 2368749

Conversational German

We are seeking new members to come and chat in German about
everyday things: the family, asking directions, ordering a meal, going
shopping, hobbies, etc. We started as a complete beginners group but
now would like to invite others to join us who already have some
knowledge of German and who are seeking to improve.
We meet on Wednesday mornings in one of our members’ home in
Lodge Moor. If you are interested in joining please contact:
Anne Greenhaigh 01909 564464

Contemporary Tabletop Gaming – New Group

The last 20 years or so has seen the appearance of a whole new
generation of tabletop games (that is, board, card and dice games)
covering such diverse themes as fantasy and magic, science fiction and
space, horror, pirates, gangsters, superheroes, railway building and
operation, city building and historical conflicts. Game play may emphasise
diplomacy and negotiation, role playing, exploration, trading, economic
management and, of course, simply battling against your rivals. Games
vary considerably in depth, complexity and playing time.
As many such games work best with several players, game owners may
struggle to find enough players to participate. It is envisaged that members
of the proposed group will take turns in bringing their own games to the
table to play with their fellow members. We have already secured an
excellent city centre venue for daytime meetings. So if you are already a
frustrated game owner or are simply intrigued to find out whether you’d
enjoy this fascinating pastime, please contact:
Keith Jones k.f.joneslive.co.uk 0114 270 6648

Mandarin Group

There has been some interest shown in setting up a Mandarin group. If you
are interested in a chance to learn Mandarin please contact me by email or
call me on 230 9754. If there is sufficient interest it could be discussed at
the July 2016 Drop-In to see how it can be carried forward.
Ann Granville groupsbsheffieldu3a.org.uk



Sheffield U3A's Civil Engineering group has been in existence for four
years now. Meeting monthly on Mondays the group caters for anyone with
an interest in the design, construction and functionality of structures that
carry out specific tasks. The group focuses on a theme each year; the
current theme being energy generation, while in the past they have looked
at transport and water management.
In the winter there are presentations on their chosen topic by group
members and in the summer they visit sites of interest, within a 90 minute
travelling radius of Sheffield. Field visits have included the tidal barrage and
swing bridges at Hull, a selection of locks on Chesterfield Canal, viaducts,
tunnels and bridges on a railway line and Rotherham Transport Museum.
Visits are always by members' cars and therefore no extra costs ever
accrue for membership of this group.
As the group meets in the leader's own home, membership has to be
restricted. However, a few spaces are available. This is a friendly and
welcoming group and anyone interested in finding out more should contact
the group co-ordinator:
Anne Marples amarplescix.co.uk 0114 2668794

Complementary Therapies Group

Complementary therapies are generally used together with conventional
medicine, or as an alternative to it. Many of those using complementary
therapies would prefer to avoid the use of prescribed drugs when possible,
and seek to support their health via more natural, “low-tech” interventions.
Complementary therapies cover a wide spectrum of treatments, some of
which are becoming increasingly accepted as of value by the medical
profession, such as acupuncture, whilst others, such as zone therapy,
attract as much negative press as they also boast passionate followers.
Sheffield is fortunate in having a wide range of therapists and practitioners,
and there is a lively interest in learning and practising new skills, or trying
out new approaches which might be of value to maintaining our health.
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Are you a practising therapist, who would be keen to learn more about
developing your therapy or finding out about others? Do you find
complementary therapies of value in your own life, and would you like to
know what else might be of assistance to you? Or are you unsure about
the whole field of complementary therapies, but fascinated to learn more?
Why not consider joining a new group designed to help us all learn more
about what’s out there?
We can introduce and describe our own areas of knowledge, learn about
what others find helpful and discuss the latest approaches and innovations.
Perhaps we could demonstrate our skills to the group, plan talks and visits
and generally have a bit of complementary fun! If you are interested in
finding out more, please contact me.
Liz Lucas lizziecraftsgmail.com 07749 174588

New Non-postural Yoga Group

Most people think of Yoga as lots of bendy postures, but asanas (postures)
are only a small part of what real Yoga is.
I am a qualified yoga teacher with 15 years' experience and if there is
enough interest I would like to offer U3A members a chance to discover
more about these other fascinating aspects of Yoga.
The group discussions would include topics such as: pranayama (breathing
practices); origins of yoga; yoga philosophy and classical yoga texts;
theories of the yogic being; concentration and meditation techniques;
mantra (chants and sound yoga)... Plenty to learn!
No physical postures would be taught and participation in any other
practices, e.g. breathwork, would be optional. Chairs will be used, not the
floor. The venue is likely to be in Ranmoor, with a small charge to cover
room hire and refreshments. I hope to start the group in early September.
If interested please email me:
Wendy Mustill wmustillaol.com

Wanted: Travel Organiser  

We are looking for someone who enjoys travelling to join our team and help organise
trips in Europe. Access to the internet will be required.

If you are interested, please contact Samina Aslam on (0114) 235
1489 or email: sammas1747@gmail.com

Italian Improvers - New Group

A weekly class for those with some knowledge of Italian, listening to,
speaking and reading Italian with some grammar. The group would
meet each Friday at 1.00pm at 410 Redmires Road. If you are
interested call Fay Ramzan or come to the April Drop-In and speak to
Ann Granville, one of the General Coordinators to learn more.
Fay Ramzan 0114 230 5608

Ecclesfield Handbell Ringers

Why not come along and try handbell ringing with us? We meet every
Wednesday at 18.30 for just over an hour at the Gatty Hall in
Ecclesfield, and have great fun playing together. You do not need to be
able to read music. We'd love to welcome new members so do join us.
Group Co-ordinator:
Margaret Naylor Tel: (0114)2360245 email: margaretnaylortalk21.com

Poetry for Pleasure

The group "Poetry for Pleasure" can now offer two or three places. This is a
very friendly and welcoming group. It is not an academic study group, so you
do not need to be clever or have a deep knowledge of poetry. We are a
sociable group of people who enjoy reading and sharing poems together.
If you wish to know more or arrange to sample a meeting just phone.
Pat Parkin Tel 0114 236 8009 parkin-psky.com

Crown Green and In-Door Bowls in North Sheffield.

An opportunity has arisen for a Crown Green and In-door Bowls Group to form in North Sheffield, all that is needed is a Coordinator for the group. An excellent facility has been identified at the Steel City Bowling Club, just near the Concord Sports Center in Shire Green, which in addition to crown green bowling, can at the nearby facility of Shire Green Working Men’s Club also offer in-door bowling. Fees are extremely reasonable, at just £20 / year for crown green bowling and a small additional fee for in-door bowling. The role of a Group Coordinator is very rewarding and takes little time or effort. If you are interested in coordinating such a group, please contact Pat Ryan on drpjryan@gmail.com or 0114 2368749, or to view or learn more about the facilities Alan Howsam on ahowsam@yahoo.com or 0114 2456696.


Steel City Wanderers

The Steel City Wanderers Group, explore Sheffield’s culture through short walks in
the city. They had their third walk last September – a ramble through Sheffield’s recent
musical history. We learnt a great deal about our shared musical heritage and had some
wonderful memories; under age entry into night clubs, teaching future pop stars, standing up boyfriends, how to distract police sniffer dogs...

Brian and Wendy, two of the progenitors of the walk, are contemplating writing a book of stories about the Sheffield music scene from the 1950s through to pretty well today. If anybody has any anecdotes, memories, tall tales, half remembered “oh no, did I really do that”, about Sheffield during that period please contact:

Brian Clark blclark9 hotmail.com 07541696008

We have not yet defined the next walk theme. It could be an update on
the street art, a stroll through the seamier side of Sheffield or perhaps
murder and mayhem. If you would like to be added to our mailing list
please email:

Pat Ryan drpjryan gmail.com


Contract Whist and Double 12 Dominoes

This group has run successfully for many years meeting on Sunday evenings. The Coordinator would also like to offer a regular midweek session for these games, times and dates to be confirmed.

Interested members please contact:
Gerald Cartwright Coordinator (0114) 266 7032 or 07855 445048


Anyone who has kept an eye on scientific developments will appreciate the immense progress science has made in deepening our understanding of the Universe. Unfortunately, the more we learn, the more puzzling Nature becomes. Quantum Mechanics requires minute particles to be in many places at once, and to influence other particles over large distances. We can see back in time almost to the Big Bang, but have now found that most of the Universe is missing!
We are proposing to set up a Discussion Group for people with an interest in this area.  It aims to meet monthly, and the meetings could perhaps be 1 to 1 ½ hours duration. Venue, dates and times depend on the responses we get.
Contact: John Edwards (johnedwards5@live.com or 0114 2962050)


A Spanish Starter Supported Self-learning Group

We are all smart. If you can speak English – you are smart... Smart enough to speak Spanish

This 8 session, rapid beginners’ course in Spanish has the aim of taking
you from not speaking any Spanish to being able to hold a simple
conversation with native Spanish speakers in eight 2-hour sessions.
It was developed by motivational management speakers in Swansea
U3A as a rapid beginners’ Italian course. I have been leading the
Intermediate Spanish group at Ilkley U3A for the last 5 years and have
converted it into this “SSS” course.

There are four pre-requisites for would-be SSS course participants:
1. Time and ability to attend (possibly share-host) the eight
sessions and do the 15-20 minutes per day homework between
sessions. Access to a printer might be helpful.
2. To be sufficiently adept with the internet to communicate with the
leader by email, use the Youtube video examples, the
Spanish/English dictionary and websites required in the course.
3. Accept that the mind does not need to translate from the primary
language to a second language. It is capable of using a second
language without the need for translation. The second language
can be used to teach/learn the second language.
People like hearing, reading and saying Spanish in small ‘café style’
groups of 3 - 5. The group will be limited, therefore, to 6 but, don’t worry,
if it works, it will be repeated for subsequent groups.

Bill Horner Tel 07967133373 wfahorner gmail.com