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
8th June Ramblers Next Ramble Thurs 22nd June
6th June Play Reading Next meeting will be on Thursday September 7th
4th June TVN New Thames Valley Network Event – Aspects of Archaeology in the Thames Valley
1st June Diary Diary of events for June posted
31st May Quilting Quilting Group News – see the superb panels representing the history and heritage of Faringdon through nine expertly executed panels
30th May Astronomy June Sky Newsletter
29th May See below An update from our Chairman about Interest Groups
28th May Wine Appreciation Wine Appreciation – a New Vintage! See our exciting new schedule of events, open to all U3A members
27th May Newsletter Summer 2017 Newsletter posted
25th May Theatre Goers Details of two new trips
17th May Sunday Lunch Lunch dates for the next few months added
12th May Military History Updated details of the programme for the rest of the year
9th May Qigong This new Group is now up and running
27th April TVN Another Thames Valley Network Event – Crop Science Day.  See also the other Events

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 13th July – Please note that this will be held in the United Church.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.

New Groups – update (June 2017)

In 2016 it was pleasing to report that several new groups started and Ukulele, Current Affairs, Ashmolean Museum, Striders and Italian groups are now well-established.

A few months ago a questionnaire about possible areas for new groups was sent to members. As a direct result of this Play Reading, Qigong and Art groups have been formed. The first two of these are already operating and the third is due to start in September. In addition, after a six month break, wine is back on the agenda with the Wine Appreciation Group – A New Vintage starting in July, facilitated by ‘The Cellar Team’. Also, the viability of  Classical Studies, Architecture and Table Tennis groups is being addressed.

Thanks go to all those involved with these – your efforts are much appreciated.

Setting up a new group need not be 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 established groups – History of Art – was launched with a “Facilitator”, charged with the responsibility of organising rather than leading and both the new Wine  and Art groups are being organised by a small team. 

If you feel you might be able to set up a group and need any information, please get in touch with Neal Cotton, our new Groups Coordinator or with me, Peter Smith, or any member of the Committee.