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. Old_Town_Hall_2_small 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 three 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 . Information about National activities that may be of interest to members, such as Summer Schools, Shared Learning Projects and other joint activities can be found here. 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

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 9th July, please see details here

 The Third Age Trust’s National Conference 2015 is being held between August 25th & 27th this year – please see details here

 The Summer 2015 Newsletter is available here

 Folk Dancing

The next session of the U3A Folk Dancing Group will take place on the 1st Thursday in JUNE  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? Val Hudspeth (Group Leader)


Unfortunately the next Gardeners trip has been cancelled due to lack of support

National Trust Group

Two early day trips – Canons Ashby and Tyntesfield – details here

Thames Valley Network – Update

The next few months will bring several very different Study Days. If you are interested in The Civil War in Henley or the History of Wallingford (August). Forensic Science (September)  or the History of Opera (November) click here to be among the first to see the information

STOP PRESS…..  The National Trust/Britain’s Heritage Study Day at Waddesdon Manor in May was heavily oversubscribed. There was a long waiting list and a repeat of the day is planned. See our TVN page for more details. In addition, we have just been informed that Windsor U3A’s Magna Carta Commemoration is also now fully subscribed

Or, if you are into Jazz, how about a Summer Evening in the Chilterns – details here:Summer JazzFest pdf

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-Get info here for our 2015 programme.