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 since 2002 and currently has about 450 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

Happy New Year to all our Members

Membership renewal – 2016 renewals have started.  You can now renew your membership online here.  You will also, as usual, have received a renewal form with the Winter Newsletter in the post.  Membership fees remain unchanged and we look forward to receiving your renewal.  Full details can be seen on the Contacts & Membership page.

FINAL REMINDER – Membership renewals are now overdue – if you have not yet renewed, please can you do so as soon as possible!  If you do not wish to renew, please let the Membership Secretary know.

The Winter 2015 Newsletter is available here

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 11th February.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here


Fledgling CURRENT AFFAIRS GROUP –  First Meeting on Thursday 14th January 2016 10.30am at 19 Coxwell Road, Faringdon

At this meeting we can see what people have in mind, and make decisions as to the format and frequency of the meeting, and if there would be a better day to meet. So if you are unable to make the first meeting, please let me know your thoughts.

Jenny 240929, jennyridd@yahoo.co.uk

Theatregoers Update

New Year, Lots of New Shows : Get info here

Stop Press: – ANOTHER Local TVN Study Day!

The Thames Valley Network Events Team is organising a repeat of the William Morris Study Day at Kelmscott next August, as the one for April proved very popular and was quickly oversubscribed. Click here for more information.

The Travel Group had a wonderful holiday in the North of England – see their report & photos.

The Third Age Trust – see link here, that will take you to news of a National Mailing list and details of National Study days.

New Groups – latest news

We asked you recently if you are frustrated or disappointed that Faringdon & District U3A doesn’t currently have a Group in an area of interest to you. We also asked if you would like to start a new group. Well, the call has been answered and the “Ukulele Group” is up and running – see the Winter Newsletter for details.  The ‘Current Affairs Group” is to be launched in the New Year – again the Winter Newsletter has details. Another potential group “Ashmolean Museum Group– is in the planning stages. If you’d like to find out more about what it plans to do, contact Anthony Burdall [anthony.burdall@burdall.net or 01367 240713]. Setting up a new group is not an onerous task and financial resources are available if initial costs are involved. It is also worth pointing out that a “Group Leader” is not a necessity. One of the most successful of recently established groups – History of Art – was launched with a “Facilitator”, charged with the responsibility of organisiing rather than leading. So, if there are subjects or areas which are not currently catered for, which would interest you as Group Leader, Group Facilitator or Group Member please contact either Ken Bowley (Groups Co-ordinator) or Peter Smith (Chairman) and we will see what we can do.”