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
26th August  Newsletter  Autumn Newsletter available
14th August TVN New Study Days
13th August Travel Group Details of 2017 Adventure!
13th August Theatre Goers Two new Theatre trips!
10th August Sunday Lunch Dates for September to November lunches
10th August Blues & Roots Updated
9th August Contacts & Membership New Online form to enable you to notify us of any changes in personal details
8th August Homepage A thank-you message about the Summer Lunch from Jenny & Steve Braithwaite
8th August Current Affairs Group Meeting dates for rest of this year
8th August Homepage Morning Workshops in Faringdon – update
1st August Astronomy August sky at night
24th July Homepage New Groups – update
18th July Homepage Italian as Beginners
17th June Ashmolean Museum Group Dates of future meetings
12th June Photography Group Dates of future meetings
12th June Opera Group Dates of future meetings

Due to several circumstances, please note that the Ramblers walk on 25th August has been cancelled.


Jenny & Steve wish to thank all who came to the Summer Lunch, and, we hope, enjoyed an excellent meal and a good afternoon in the sun.

Thank you for all your Thank Yous, and thank you for the donation to our charity in Uganda.

However, the thanks should go mainly to the committee (and their spouses), who planned well and worked incredibly hard to make everything go with a swing.

We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Jenny & Steve Braithwaite


There is to be a meeting in August to set up a self-run Collective Group for beginners of Italian. The group will draw on a multitude of resources from the internet, devised games and exercises and will rely on exchange of learning and Italian conversation between members.  The group will meet in Faringdon on a Tuesday morning once a fortnight. [Please state if Tuesdays are unsuitable as there could be some flexibility].

As many members will be away in August, if you are interested, please initially contact Sand Cooper on sand.co15@rocketmail.com  or 01367 243831 .   The suggested date for the initial meeting is Tuesday 9 August at 10.00.   [Again, this is flexible should those interested be unable to keep that date].

The Summer 2016 Newsletter is available here: 16 Summer Newsletter Be one of the first to see it – and then tell your friends/fellow members about all the exciting things happening in our U3A – including new groups for you to join.

For information from previous Newsletters visit our archive by clicking here

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 8th September

Paul Febvre will outline some of the most recent trends in the field of Satellite Technology.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here

Morning Workshops in Faringdon

This is a series of Workshops on a wide range of interest topics. So far we have had Solving Cryptic Crosswords, an Introduction to the Ukulele, William Morris and a thought-provoking ‘Look at the Environment’. Thus far, the take-up has been disappointingly low. Maybe the subjects haven’t interested you? I am always open to new suggestions and ideas for topics, and also offers to present the session. Maybe an existing group would like to give the rest of us a one-off taster session? Meetings are usually held in a morning during the last week of the month, but we shall try a couple of afternoons and see if that attracts a few more. Venues vary, having been in the Friends Meeting House in Lechlade Road when enough people seemed likely to attend, or in someone’s home.

An Introduction to Playing the Ukulele for Complete Beginners


Not need to have a Uke already, as we have some to borrow


Singing and Making Music for Christmas, for Fun.
For anyone who likes singing and making music


This will be an afternoon of playing and singing carols, for singers and all
instrument players, however rusty, of any instrument.

It is essential to book for these meetings, which will be cancelled if not
enough people show an interest.

Contact Jenny, 240929, or email: jennyridd@yahoo.co.uk

More TVN Study Days, a Shared Learning Project and a JazzFest!

The Thames Valley Network Events Team has organised more Study Days. Please also see details of an August Jazz Festival in Buckinghamshire, and a Shared Learning Project and  the Joy of Children’s Literature in September.  Click here for more information on all these events.

New Groups – update (July 2016)

Earlier this year we asked you if you were 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. This call has been answered and the “Ukulele Group”, the “Current Affairs Group” , the “Ashmolean Museum Group”  and  “Striders” have all been successfully started this year. As you will see from another entry on this page, another new group, “Italian As Beginners”  is in the planning stages.

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 organising rather than leading.

So, if there are subjects or areas which are not currently catered for but 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.