Lectures For All
22 July Weekenders to Skipton
13 August Weekenders to Hornsea
Travel Group

Flying Gardeners

Monthly Drop-in Sessions
Steel City Wanderers
Free Legal Advice


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).

Saturday 22 July 2017 - Skipton and Canal Cruise

Come and explore the picturesque town of Skipton with its market, voted best small outdoor market in 2017, its myriad independent shops and cafés and its castle, one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England.
The highlight of the trip is a leisurely 3-hour canal cruise, where a cold lunch will be served as we meander along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal into the beautiful Dales.
The lunch menu will be one choice from:
a) Lakeland Ham b) Tuna Mayonnaise c) Pork Pie d) Vegetarian Quiche
Please make sure you fill in your choice on the booking form.
These will be served with various salads, bread rolls and butter. The dessert is apple pie and ice cream and tea or coffee is included.
The cost of the trip is £32.00 which includes the coach, the lunch and cruise and the driver’s gratuity.
If you would like to join us please book online (login at https://
su3a.wild apricot.org using your email address and password) or complete the form on page 31 of June 2017 Links (download here) and return it to Jane Whitehead as soon as possible.
Please ring Jane Whitehead on (0114) 457 7740 for further information.

Sunday 13 August 2017 -Hornsea Inshore Rescue Boathouse

After losing the Coastguard-run lifeboat, a group of volunteers ran a campaign to buy a rescue boat for Hornsea. Now, Hornsea Inshore Rescue is an independent rescue service manned entirely by
We shall visit their boathouse, where, after morning coffee and biscuits, we will be given a talk about the work of the rescue service, followed by a tour of the boathouse. We will also be shown the equipment which
the volunteers use and films of the boat in action. Afterwards we will be served a fish and chip lunch with bread and butter, tea and coffee.
Leaving Hornsea after lunch, we will travel to the Humber Bridge and drive across it for a visit to the Water’s Edge Visitor Centre in Barton-on- Humber. Here there are great views of the bridge plus displays about
the environment of the Humber estuary and its wildlife. There is a café and toilets.
The cost of the trip is £28 which includes the coach, the driver’s gratuity, the boathouse tour, refreshments on arrival and the fish and chip lunch.
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 33 of Links, June 2017 (download here) and return it to Dot Sutcliffe
to arrive as soon as possible.
Please ring Dot on (0114) 268 5918 for further information.

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    

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

No other warship has been able to tell us so much about warship design before the age of ships' plans, and the unusual manner of the ship’s preservation has ensured that thousands of artefacts have survived intact in a Tudor time capsule, enabling us to learn much about the age of Henry VIII.

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.
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.


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


OR EMAIL  denisewest3@btinternet.com.


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