Welcome to the website of Faringdon & District U3A. We hope that you will find much to interest you, whether you are already a member or merely browsing.
Faringdon U3A has been in existence for 12 years and currently has almost 500 members. We think we offer something for all who are eligible to join us – anyone who is not in full time employment. We have a total of 50 interest groups, ranging from Astronomy to Art History, Bridge to Spanish and Family History to Opera. We also have monthly meetings in the Corn Exchange, Faringdon which offer the opportunity to hear fascinating talks as well as the chance to mix with other members.
Our Newsletter is published every two months and contains up to date news of the activities of the Committee and Interest Groups as well as details of forthcoming monthly talks. Much of this information can also be found on this site.
We are affiliated to the Third Age Trust, our parent body, but have our own constitution . In addition we have over recent years enjoyed our association with the Thames Valley Network of U3As. Information on forthcoming activities received from TVN can also be found here.
This is a new and developing website and our hope is that members and, in particular, Group Leaders will become used to providing us with material to improve and enhance the information provided.
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Late News, Messages and Newsletter Amendments
STOP PRESS – Too Late for Newsletter
September’s Monthly Meeting
Thursday 11th: Dr. John Winter on the Bach family of musicians.
This year is certainly a big year for anniversaries. After the August break we are going into Autumn with a talk given in recognition of the debt we owe to a great musical dynasty. Father Bach (J.S.) is the composer we all think we know. We also owe to him many of today’s big jazz rhythms! Three hundred years ago this year his second son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, was born. For a long time he was considered to be the superior musician. Come and listen to their music, and learn about their arguments and the rough and tumble of their family life in early Eighteenth Century Germany.
Scrabble - change of venue. August’s meeting (11th) will be at Sylvia’s – 53 Town End Road – rather than Lynn’s.
Rambling Group – August Walk: Please see the Rambling Group page for a change of plan regarding the August walk
Liaison with Carterton U3A: In a new project we are co-operating with Carterton U3A (and possibly Witney U3A) in a scheme that will, if numbers allow, permit our members to attend Carterton groups and Carterton members to attend Faringdon groups. Further information is available here
Summer Schools/Newsletter: Updated version now has details of how to apply – missing from your paper copy.
Theatregoers: Latest programme available here. Early booking is required for some trips.
FOLK DANCING – an Appeal! We thoroughly enjoy our monthly get-togethers, when we exercise bodies and minds, desperately trying to remember which is left and which is right. There are, though, only eight of us who attend regularly which means we don’t get a chance to “sit out” and recover. We would love it if a few more members would join us. Why not give it a try and us a rest? Our next meeting is Thursday 4th September.
TRIPS : This Month! – trip to the Isle of Man. Details here