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
18th October Wine Appreciation Details of our Festive Lunch
16th October Travel Photographs of the recent holiday in Kent
10th October See below U3A 2018 diaries now available
8th October Family History New Beginners Group – see below and via the link
7th October Wine Appreciation Wine Appreciation – a New Vintage! See our exciting next Wine Tasting event in November, open to all U3A members
4th October See below New Workshop: “Be a Safe and Secure Silver Surfer”
4th October Ramblers Details of next walk on Thursday 26th October
2nd October Astronomy October Sky Newsletter
2nd October Striders Details of two walks in October
1st October Diary Diary of events for October posted
15th September Travel Details of the next trip to Falmouth, Cornwall in May 2018
3rd September Opera Programme of meetings for the rest of this year & next year
30th August Photography Programme of meetings for the rest of this year & next year
30th August Newsletter Autumn 2017 Newsletter published
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

New Workshop: “Be a Safe and Secure Silver Surfer”: This workshop (see flyer) will take place on Tuesday 5th December in the Jubilee Room (first floor of the Pump Rooms) from 10:00am to 12:00noon. We will look at ways of dealing with scams (computer and telephone) as well as how to use your IT devices safely and securely. We will also look at  simple, efficient and easy to remember password systems. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Ian Clarkson on 01793 782836 or at ian.clarkson@gmail.com

Family History: A new beginners group will meet for the first session of six on Tuesday 24th October. We have room for a couple more – contact Ian Clarkson on 01793 782836 or at ian.clarkson@gmail.com


U3A 2018 diaries will be available for purchase (at £2.50 each) at our upcoming general meetings. They have a blue cover embossed with the U3A logo and are packed full of useful information including an interesting fact for every day of the year. Did you know that, on 24th October 1926, Harry Houdini’s last performance took place in the Garrick Theatre in Detroit or that, on 16th March 1993, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption in France? If the answer to both these questions is ‘No’, you need a U3A 2018 Diary to help plug gaps in your vital knowledge. If you can’t get to a general meeting and can’t commission someone to buy one on your behalf, contact our Membership Secretary or the Chairman to enquire about obtaining one.

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 19th October – please note that this is on the third week of that month.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.