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 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

Bridge lessons in the Catholic Church Hall – there will be an extra Experienced lesson On Wednesday October 7th.

(As there is no experienced lesson in September, there will be two in October to make up!)

OPEN DAY – TUESDAY 6th OCTOBER, CORN EXCHANGE from 10.00 until 12.00

The OPEN DAY will take place in the Corn Exchange, Faringdon on TUESDAY 6th OCTOBER from 10.00 until 12.00 and offers an opportunity to find out about Faringdon and District U3A. Information about monthly General Meetings and over 40 different Interest Groups will be available.

We hope that existing members will come along to find out about Groups of which they are not members but might be considering joining. We’d also encourage you to bring along friends who have retired from full-time employment and are seeking to stretch their minds, extend their social lives, learn new skills and find new interests. Any new members will be able to join at the OPEN DAY allowing them to attend the General Meeting scheduled for Thursday 8th October.

[Please note that in the printed Autumn Newsletter ‘Chairman’s Message’, the Open Day date was incorrectly given as 8th October.]

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 8th October, please see details here.

Our speaker, Heather White-Smith, will bring a few copies of her book for sale at a special price of £10. They might make good Christmas presents, so bring money if you think there is a chance you might be interested in buying one.


New Year, New ShowsGet info here

The Third Age Trust – see link here, that will take you to news of a National Mailing list and two new and very different National Study days – at impressive venues.

The Autumn 2015 Newsletter is available here

New Groups?

Are you frustrated? Are you disappointed? Is there a Faringdon & District U3A Group that doesn’t currently exist and that you would be interested in joining if it did? Would you be interested in starting a new group?

We already are aware of two members who would be interested in a Portuguese language group, while others have suggested starting a “Discovery Award” group. There might be a possibility of an Ashmolean Museum Group if there were sufficient interest.

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.

Thames Valley Network – Update

The next few months will bring several very different Study Days. If you are interested in Forensic Science (September)  or the History of Opera (November) OR if you are a current or aspiring member of the Committee click here to be among the first to see the information.

Jenny Braithwaite still has  a tray, 2 large white platters, a souffle dish, a large fork and a teacloth that were not taken away after the Summer Lunch back in August. If they are yours, please contact Jenny [01367 240929 or steve.jenny@hotmail.com] to arrange to collect.