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

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!)


The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 10th September,  “The Do’s and Don’ts of Antique Collecting”.  Michael Bull gives talks across the Thames Valley Network area. No need to be a serious collector, he says, to enjoy his talk.  Bring things along if you would like an opinion.  Please see the full details here


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.]

FAB (Faringdon Appreciation of Berners) – A musical evening performed and presented by John Ridgway on Organ and Piano on Sunday 13th September – click In The Pink Poster for details.

The Music of Lord Gerald Berners of Faringdon House and his friends and contemporaries including Gershwin, Debussy and William Walton.


Beyond Forgiving

On Thursday 1st October at 10.30am the Military History Group has arranged to show a film by Howard Grace called “Beyond Forgiving” in Shrivenham Memorial Hall. Featured in an article in the latest ‘Third Age Matters’ magazine ‘Beyond Forgiving’ is an award winning film made by Howard Grace about two South Africans. Letlapa Mphahlele was a Liberation army commander during the time of apartheid who ordered retaliatory massacres on white civilians and Ginn Fourie who’s daughter was killed as a result. It is a profound story of forgiveness. They now work together as peacemakers. Howard will be showing the film and leading the subsequent discussion. If you would like to attend, please contact Bjorn Watson on 01793 782748 or by email bjornwatson@btinternet.com .


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


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 latest programme.