Lectures For All
14 June Whirlowbrook Garden Open Morning
17 June Weekenders to Stamford


Flying Gardeners
Monthly Drop-in Sessions
Steel City Wanderers


2017 Annual General Meeting, 12 July CURC

The agenda will appear in the next edition of Links.


Open Morning at Whirlowbrook Park
Wednesday 14 June 2017

Members are warmly invited to visit the SU3A Commemorative Garden
between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Wednesday 14 June, when the
Gardening at Whirlowbrook Group will be serving light refreshments and
answering questions about the garden. You can wander through the
woodland, admire the new planting, or just sit a while enjoying the
peace and tranquility by the rock garden and the lily pond. You can also
check progress on the new cafe which is due to open this summer.
The number 81 bus stops opposite the park entrance. Car parking is
available half way up the drive or behind Whirlowbrook Hall.
Shelagh Woolliscroft (0114) 255 8948

Stamford and the Open Air Theatre
Saturday 17 June 2017

In June we are making a return visit to the Rutland open air theatre to see a matinée
performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It will be performed by the Stamford
Shakespeare Company on their stage set in an enchanting glade. This comedy is considered to be
his funniest, with battle-weary heroes returning from war, looking for love, while the
dastardly Don John and his comical sidekicks plot to scupper any romances. All the seats are
under cover and no performance is cancelled because of rain (A T loop is available for anyone hard
of hearing). There will be free time in Stamford to have lunch and wander around this interesting
little town before attending the performance. The cost of the trip is £32 per person which
includes the coach fare, theatre ticket and the driver’s gratuity.
Places are limited so if you would like to join us, please book online
(login at https://su3a.wildapricot.org using your email address and
password) or complete the form on page 27 April Links or download here and return it to Dot Sutcliffe
to arrive as soon as possible.
Please ring Dot on (0114) 268 5918 for further information.

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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    


16 June -  A glass slipper and other objets d'art - John Parker, Emeritus Professor, Department of Materials Science, University of Sheffield. 

One of Sheffield's hidden gems, the Turner Museum of Glass, has one of the most comprehensive collections of 18th - 20th century glass. Professor Parker's illustrated talk introduces us to some of its most beautiful pieces.  We shall also be told about the origins of its place in modern technology today. 

21 July - The conservation of peatlands.   Professor Ian Rotherham, Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Rotherham is an expert on a range of environmental issues, including urban wildlife, extreme weather, flooding and climate change. He currently chairs the British Ecological Society Peatlands Research Special Interest Group and was formerly Director of the Ecological Advisory Service for Sheffield City Council.

18 August -  The role of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.  Dr Alan Billings

Dr Billings served as a Church of England parish priest in four parishes, including spells in inner-city Sheffield and in the mining community of Beighton. He has also trained clergy at two theological colleges.  In the 1980s Dr Billings was Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council and a councillor for Walkley Ward.
He served on the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, which oversees the work of the criminal justice system for under 18s; was a member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University.

15 September - The history, recovery and conservation of the Mary Rose.   Aileen and George Wade

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
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.
In May we will attempt to stage our most ambitious walk yet, tentatively titled,
“Sheffield’s Sons & Daughters”, a walk linking together memories
provided by some of our city’s most famous sons and daughters.
So far we have memories from; two politicians who reached the heights of
UK politics, a gold medal Olympian and a multi-gold disc awarded musician,
perhaps the most famous novelist from Yorkshire in the last century, a poet,
a children’s author, a boxing world champion, and a radio host, a member of
the very first British Tour de France team and a women who can quite rightly
say she has looked down on all of us.
BUT – we would like more and your help. Some more memories of
Sheffield from famous sons & daughters would be very useful...
If you or somebody you know can contact a famous son or daughter, we
would be grateful. Just a few sentences about our marvellous city. We are sure
that members know more famous Sheffield folk that you could shake a red
carpet at..., any help much appreciated...
Still at the conceptual phase for 2017 are two walks, one a first for us as it will
be indoors to avoid our fair city’s winter weather, and the second a July
meander through murder, blood money, miscarriage of justice and misuse of
power in 17th. & 18th. century Sheffield.
Much more advanced in planning is the return of our three musketeers; Harry,
Matt and Brian who will be our guides on:
April - City Center Music #3 - from the Town Hall via current & past
venues, Victorian music hall and the city’s two radio stations. Memories,
music and a rhythm for our lives.
June - Hillsborough to Neepsend Vegetation and More, from the
Hillsborough Hotel to the Gardeners rest, yes this walk might involve a
drink or two, via dogs and motor bikes racing in circles and some
historic buildings.
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.
Finally, in October we do intend to make a return to the Off the Shelf Festival
of Words. At the moment we are at the ideas stage but anticipate it will again
showcase the talents of U3A members and highlight to the city what us “more
experienced of life” folks can contribute to the energy and culture of Sheffield.
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 - 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.


Free Legal Advice

From National Office: The 24 hour legal advice line service will be terminating on 30 September 2015. Negotiations are continuing with another supplier and an update will be posted once there are more details" 


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.


NEW MOOC’s  FOR 2017.



Archeology of Portus.  Exploring the lost Harbour of Ancient Rome.

Learn how artefacts, exploration and technology are transforming our understanding of Portus with the University of Southampton.

FREE on-line Course.         Duration 6 weeks.              4 hours study per week.




Come Rain of Shine : - Understanding the Weather.

Get an introduction to our weather and climate , and how to do your own weather forecast.
The University of Reading and Royal Meteorological Society.


FREE on - line Course.       Duration 3 weeks.              3 hours study per week.



Antiques Trafficking and Art Crime.

Delve in to the seedy underbelly of the art world, looking at smuggling, theft, fakes and fraud.
The University of Glasgow.

FREE on line course         Duration 3 weeks                 4 hours study per week.


Discovering the Higgs Bosun.

Should we be excited about the Higgs Boson ?  Found out more about particle physics and understanding the Universe.
The University of Edinburgh.

FREE oil - line course.      Duration 7 weeks                  5 hours study per week.


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