Wakefield and District U3A

February 2018 Charity No 1002486
Shirley Dufton 01484534297
Hilary Fowler 01924258234
The Committee needs You

We need more volunteers to serve on the committee, without new members joining the committee this U3A could close!
This is not an onerous position, if you feel you could join us please let a member of the Committee know.
You are very welcome to join us at our committee meetings to see what we do, which will take place on the second Friday in the month,  at Agbrigg Community Centre at 10am.


The Coffee Mornings are held at West Yorkshire Sports Club, off Walton Lane, Sandal, on the third Friday of the month, Coffee Served from 10:00am speaker at 10:30.
At our games and chat coffee morning on 16 February Vikki Padgett from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals is going to come to tell us about possibilities for volunteering at the hospital. So if you might be interested this is a good chance for you to come along and find out more

Liverpool and the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition.

We will depart from the West Yorkshire Sports Centre at 8:30am on Monday June 18th There are a limited number of tickets available, but these are on a strickly first come first serve, so it is advisable to book ASAP to avoid disappointment. If anyone just wishes to spend the day in Liverpool, there will be a few coach seats available. The coach will have two dropping off and picking up points. The cost for for the museum and Liverpool is £22 and for the full day in Liverpool £10. We expect to be back in Wakefield for 6pm. Tickets Shirley Dufton on 01484 534297 or Shirley Wigglesworth on 01924 378809.

visiting Tennants sale room

This year is Wakefield U3a 35th anniverary. We have planned to spend a day out visiting Tennants sale room in Leyburn on Monday October 8th. We arrive for coffee at 11am, have, a two course lunch and tea and scones at 3:30pm. Between all this food , we have a talk from Mr Rodney Tennant himself, a quiz, a behind the scenes tour and a talk about upcoming sales and exhibitions. We will also be able to have a free valuation on an item we take with us (there will be a limit of the number of items, because of time). We will have to know what the item is two weeks before, so the appropriate expert is there to value it. The cost for all this is £28. Space is limited so put your names down to reserve a place. Ring Shirley Dufton on 01484 534297 or Shirley Wigglesworth on 01924 378809.

A Musical Evening

A festive evening was organised by our Events Committee in Horbury in November. We were well entertained by our Wind Band and Recorder Group who played a variety of well-known melodies. Generous portions of cheese and wine were served in the interval, after which the bands resumed by playing well loved Christmas Carols; song sheets were distributed and a good sing-along completed the evening.

January’s coffee morning

At January’s coffee morning Sheila Dixon gave us a fascinating insight into life on board the liner Titanic, (not quite the picture portrayed in the film!) She illustrated her talk with some very interesting photographs. Apparently it was the White Star Line’s intention to replicate life on board with the passengers’ home lives. Each class had completely separate decks. First Class enjoyed sumptuously appointed cabins with food and facilities to match, Second Class was less grand and Third Class was extremely basic. Interestingly, only Third Class made a profit! Sheila also brought some of her Titanic memorabilia for us to look at. It was a most enjoyable and informative morning Hilary E

Dates for your Diary

Barnsley Spring School

Thursday and Friday, 17th and 18th May
See the Barnsley Web Page for details of their classes

Coffee Morning

March 16th Yorkshire Air Ambulance
April 20th Games and chat
April is bowel cancer month. a volunteer from Bowel Cancer UK, John Whelpton, will be coming to talk to us about raising awareness of this common cancer
May 18th Yorkshire Wild Life Trust. Maurice Gordon
June15th Games and chat
July 20th The Golden Age of Music Hall and Variety. John Wallis
September 21st Prison to Palace. Veronica Bird O.B.E. Veronica has been a Prison Officer,Prison Governor and has worked with Royalty

Garden Group

The next meeting of the garden group will be at Sandal library on Monday 12nd March at 2.00pm. If you have any plants you would like to swap, bring them along. Also if there is a garden you would like us to visit this year, please bring details. I am hoping to arrange a trip to the Harrogate Spring Show on Sunday 29 April as our first visit of the summer. Hilary Fowler

Myth and Religion in the Ancient World.

The title of my course for the forthcoming term is Myth and Religion in the Ancient World. It will run from 11 January to 15 March. It will be held in the house of a group member. It will include Greek religion, Roman religion, the Mystery religions, Myth and the Gospels and Religion without myth. For further information ring 01226 283863.
Alan Earnshaw


We are a small group of 8 people who enjoy poetry. We meet at Agbrigg Community Centre fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons 2 - 4. We have been running now for two years. There is possibly room for two more members. This is not a poetry writing class, or indeed, a class in any sense. It is simply a group of like minded people with a love of poetry in all its forms. The group is quite informal and very good humoured. A theme is decided amongst ourselves and each member brings two poems on that theme to the next meeting. They are read out and then we have a short, emphasise short, discussion. We cover everything from John Clare to Pam Ayres. So if you like poetry and don’t take yourself too seriously you might like to give it a try.
W McAlea


This 8 week course will be run again by David Leyshon commencing on Thursday 5th April 2018 at 10.30 – 12.30 in the Baptist Church, Barnsley Road. What is Time? How is it measured? How do humans and animals experience it? How has it affected societies and how did we get out calendar? These and other questions will be the focus of the course. A charge of £9 will be made to cover rent. Please contact David on 01924 249686 to express your interest.