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

Summer Lunch

Thursday 13th August at 12.00

Our Summer Lunch will be held at 19 Coxwell Road thanks to the continuing generosity of Steve and Jenny Braithwaite.  All members are welcome to attend.

Meat, fish and vegetarian options will be provided together with bread etc. There will also be wine and soft drinks available.

Those who attend are asked to contribute either a salad or a dessert which should be ‘ready-to-serve’ in a dish that you should take away at the end.

To assist in gauging the number of attendees, please click here.  This will take you to a simple ‘response form’, where you can say whether you are attending, not attending or might attend.  Alternatively, you can use the ‘response form’ link in the e-mail that we have sent you.

If you know of anyone without internet access, you can also respond on their behalf.  If this isn’t possible then telephone Rita Higazi (01367 244 494) to say whether you intend to come.


 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


National Trust Group – Stop Press

Two for the price of one! Nuffield Place & Gray’s Court – 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) OR if you are a current or aspiring member of the Committee 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 new Autumn programme.