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

Date changed Webpage Details
14th August Wine Appreciation Wine Appreciation – a New Vintage! See our exciting next Wine Tasting event, open to all U3A members
12th August Theatre Goers Two new Theatre trips
9th August Sunday Lunch Sadly, the Sunday Lunch Group is closing, unless a new volunteer would be wiling to run it
8th August Ramblers Details of next walk on August 24th
2nd August See below An update from our Chairman about Interest Groups
31st July Diary Diary of Events for August posted
28th July Astronomy August Sky Newsletter
21st July Poetry David Pedder poem added
6th June Play Reading Next meeting will be on Thursday September 7th
4th June TVN New Thames Valley Network Event – Aspects of Archaeology in the Thames Valley
31st May Quilting Quilting Group News – see the superb panels representing the history and heritage of Faringdon through nine expertly executed panels
27th May Newsletter Summer 2017 Newsletter posted

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 14th September.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.


New Groups – August update

In the June update about New Groups, the possibility of a Table Tennis Group was mentioned. Those members who were interested in forming such a group learnt that Faringdon Leisure Centre is now offering Over 60s Table Tennis sessions on Tuesday from 2.00pm to 3.00pm and on Wednesday from 11.00am to noon at £2 per person. Some of our members have been to these sessions and found them good and so will not be seeking to set up a U3A Table Tennis Group. The Leisure Centre is also now  offering Over 60s Badminton sessions on Wednesday from 8.00am to 9.00am and on Friday from 5.00pm to 600pm at £3 per person – these might appeal to those who expressed an interest in a U3A Badminton Group.

If you feel you might be able to set up a group and need any information, please get in touch with Neal Cotton, our new Groups Coordinator or with me, Peter Smith, or any member of the Committee.