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

Malvern Autumn Show, Saturday, 27th September 2014.
I am organising a trip to the above.  The provisional cost is £32.00, which includes an Entry Fee of £14.00 (Group price) and a coach hired from Barnes Coaches.  We shall leave Faringdon at 9.00 a.m., arriving at the Show  about11.00 a.m.;  then leave Malvern at 4.00 p.m., arriving in Faringdon at approximately 6.00 p.m.
To book a place, please email Janet Deane:  janet.deane@talk21.com.  A deposit of £15.00 is required when booking.
This outing is financially viable by coach only if 28+ people book.  Should 16 people book, I will look into the possibility of hiring the Faringdon Community Bus.

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.

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 

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

NEW GROUPS: We have several new or embrionic groups
The Travel Groupdetails can be found here
The FAB (Faringdon Appreciation of Berners) Group
The Circle Dance groupmore details here