Lectures For All
15 October Weekenders visit to Hull
27 October Lunch and Lecture
Travel Group
Flying Gardeners
Monthly Drop-in Sessions

Steel City Wanderers



Portable hearing loop system, and supporting members with hearing loss

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.”

Third Age Trust - end of free legal helpline

The TAT (Third Age Trust) August mailing is available to view on their website -  www.u3a.org.uk/the-third-age-trust.html .This includes information on the AGM and the annual accounts. TAT is moving and will not be able to take calls between 10th and 17th August. The email address remains the same and they will answer emails in this time. 2018 diaries will be available from mid-August.

PLEASE NOTE they are ceasing the free legal helpline from 30 September 2017, as it is considered not worth the cost involved. They have issued the following statement:

 'The Trust accepts that it has a duty to advise members on U3A legal matters. Hence we will ensure relevant U3A organisational legal matters continue to receive proper attention. This will be done on a case by case basis as appropriate through specialist lawyers and be arranged by the Office as and when necessary.' 

Availability of Grants for the Purchase
of an SU3A Asset

Grants towards the purchasing of capital equipment are now
available for groups under the following rules:

1) Grants will only be made for SU3A capital equipment.

2) Grants awarded will be for amounts between £50 and £250.

3) Grants awarded will be up to 50% of the capital value.

4) Grants will only be paid against a copy of a receipt or invoice.

5) No further grants will be made to the group for similar purchase.

Groups should build up reserves for future such expenditure.

Should any group wish to apply, please contact Barbara Lowe
(groupscsheffield.co.uk) or Brian Cave (bpcavehotmail.com).

Sunday 15 October A Visit to the City of Hull

See Links Open Group Supplement August 2017 page 12 for details


Friday 27 October Lunch and Lecture: Suzanne Bingham - Sheffielders on Holiday

See Links Open Group Supplement August 2017 page 14 for details

What is the U3A?


Membership Information



Lectures for All    

Friday Lecture Programme 2017

Friday Lectures at the Showroom Cinema

All members are able to attend these lectures free of charge.   Occasionally there is a retiring collection for the speaker's nominated charity.

Lectures are held in Cinema 4 at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, on the third Friday of the month and start at 11 am, finishing at around 12.30 pm.  A voucher, obtainable from the box office, enables half- price parking at Q-park on Arundel Gate.  There is a greeter wearing a U3A lanyard badge to welcome new members.

The cafe opens at 10 am and refreshments are available before and after the lecture.

The team will endeavour to post last-minute changes on the website.  There is no booking system - it is 'first come, first served'.   Queries to Shelagh Woolliscroft on 255 8948


2017 Programme    

15 September -



Apologies but unfortunately the speakers booked to give the talk on the Mary Rose have had to postpone their talk for personal reasons.  However, we are delighted that David Templeman is able to step in and give us a talk about Sheffield Castle and Manor Lodge and how they are intrinsically linked. 


20 October  - The work of Sheffield Advanced Technology Park.   Keith Ridgeway CBE, Professor of Design and Manufacture, University of Sheffield.

17 November - Shale gas fracking: public perceptions of the risks, costs and benefits. Professor Sarah O'Hara, Pro‑Vice‑Chancellor for Education and Student Experience and Professor of Geography, University of Nottingham.

15 December - Humour in film - Martin Carter, Sheffield Hallam University


Flying Gardeners - an Open Group

Most Sheffield parks have a volunteer group but there are a few that don't.  So on the fifth Wednesday (that's about 4 times a year), from 9.30 to 12 noon some of us set to work under the supervision of a park ranger.  In 2017 sessions will take place at Beauchief Gardens (next to the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet) on Wednesday 29 March, 31 May, 30 August and 29 November.  Bring gloves and boots, all tools are provided.  Enquiries: phone Shelagh on 255 8948 or email her at shelagh.woolliscroft@gmail.com

You will be very welcome to join us!


Steel City Wanderers
(aka Sheffield U3A Street Walkers!)

Steel City Wanderers is a group which explores the culture, geography and energy of Sheffield in the form of short, guided walks. Highlights from 2016 included; Urban Art in the back streets where we were fortunate to be joined by one of Sheffield’s foremost street artists, Sheffield in Microcosm exploring art, architecture, poetry and political history – with a little trespassing, Sheffield’s Musical heritage from the 60’s to the 90’s bringing to life Sheffield’s deep and innovative musical traditions, and our first evening walk – long summer evenings seem so far away now, which was an introduction to some of the oldest & most interesting industrial areas of Sheffield, and a pub or two.

Our year ended with our inclusion in the Off the Shelf Literary Festival, two wonderfully moving walks exploring the literary genius that resides within the U3A. If you would like to receive information on future walks, and have the opportunity to join us, you will need to be on our email list, to be added, simply email us at drpjryangmail.com

Planning for 2017.

September - A Dogs Bottom to a Butcher’s Dog, a walk to criss - cross the Porter Brook, street art, old buildings, greenery a couple of dodgy ginnels and of course the cemetery.

In October we will make a return to the Off the Shelf Festival of Words with an event at CURC on october 17th.

If you have an idea for inclusion, then please let us have your thoughts.

If you have an idea for a walk, please get in touch, we can support you with the logistics and organisation leaving you free to supply the imagination. If you would like to explore areas of Sheffield and its culture that you would not normally associate with the U3A, please email us to be alerted to future walks. If you have previously been in touch, we will already have you on our emailing list to receive invitations to 2017 walks.

Before we finish, we need to say a big thank you to our supporters & regular walkers – grand to see you every time.

Pat & Clare Ryan. drpjryan gmail.com

Steel City Wanderers' brochure (Stained Steel) available here


Can you spare a few afternoons a year to help SU3A?

You have probably seen the numerous requests for volunteers to help keep the SU3A show on the road. We need people to make tea at the Drop-In, meet and greet people and talk to members at the new members' meetings.
If you would like to help then ring our Secretary, Jenny Graaf, for a chat on 01246 731535


Monthly ‘Drop-In’ Sessions

The monthly ‘Drop-In’ sessions are held at the United Reformed Church, Chapel Walk entrance (opposite the Crucible Theatre) on the first Tuesday morning of every month, except August. For dates please see the SU3A Calendar

Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. Free refreshments will be available There is no formal programme - this is an opportunity to meet up with friends, make new friends from different Groups, exchange ideas, ask questions and promote forthcoming events. There will be several Committee members present each month.

Help will usually be available for those with Ipads and tablets who are experiencing problems. Help also given with online membership renewal.


Sheffield U3A provides the information below, but takes no responsibility for any resultant actions.

University Research Projects

The researchers listed below are seeking volunteers to assist with their projects. All projects have gained ethical approval from the appropriate body.

Reasons for supporting universities here

Systemic Sclerosis and Exercise,

social networks and emotions


Help Sheffield pupils to gain confidence in their reading and communication


The ESCAL Volunteering programme organises one-to-one support for pupils needing some extra help with their reading and talking skills. Since 2009 SU3A members have been giving their time and commitment as volunteers to work in partnership with ESCAL. At present they represent nearly 25% of the number of active volunteers in the city.

Some school students lack the opportunity to practice their reading, and the experience of conversation,  listening and sharing ideas. Volunteers can provide this, and ESCAL offers training and materials.

If you want to find out more about becoming a Reading or Talking Volunteer  contact ESCAL at 0114 2506853 or escalvolunteering@sheffield.gov.uk




free courses via the internet. These are not U3A courses. Quality varies but some are superb.


Starting in September 2017.


Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.  -  University of Edinburgh. Scotland

The Jacobites , loyal followers of the exiled King, sparked political upheaval in Scotland. From the glorious Revolution of 1688 to the Battle of Culloden in 1746 their story is one of rebellions, plots, espionage and tartan - clad heroes and bloody defeat.

On this course you will unravel the Jacobite story. Using objects from the National Museums Scotland you will discover the lives of the rulers and their followers who sought to change history.


Duration :  3 weeks               Study :  5 hours per week.          Starts: 18th September 2017.



Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Power, History and Love -   University of Los Andes Colombia.

In this course you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study of the author’s obsessions, power, history and love.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy reading : -

Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother  ( 1972 )
The Autumn of the Patriarch.          ( 1975 )
Chronicle of a Death Foretold.        (1981 )  
Love in the Time of Cholera            ( 1985 )
The General in his Labyrinth           ( 1989 )
Of Love and Other Demons            (1994 )


Duration  :  8 weeks                Study  4 hours per week.              Starts:  25th September 2017


Learn about Weather . -   The University of Exeter.

Weather is one of the most popular topics of conversation, yet not many of us actually know how it works.

On this course you will learn about all things weather, the basic processes that result in the weather we experience and how it affects people such as photographers, gardeners and walkers.


Duration :   4 weeks                Study  3 hours per week.              Starts : -  11th September 2017.


OR EMAIL  denisewest3@btinternet.com.


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