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
The Striders: a new walking group
If you enjoy walking at a good sustained pace for two to three hours or more please e- mail Françoise Stacey on firstname.lastname@example.org who would like to start up a “STRIDERS” group.
Gardeners Group – trip to Kew Gardens on Thursday 16th June – see details here.
The Spring 2016 Newsletter is available here 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 12th May
Dr. Tony Maisey assures us in his emails that he is “still alive and well!” and he is still much in demand as a speaker in the Thames Valley area. His chosen subject for the talk is “Pain”. Don’t be put off, though. He says it’s not depressing…If you are lucky enough to have heard him before, you will know that he is famous for his sense of humour!
Please see details of all monthly meetings here.
Morning Workshops in Faringdon
A series of morning workshops is now up and running. Click here for more information – you’ll see that we are looking for input from you, our members. We want you to suggest topics that might be suitable for ‘one-off’ sessions or subjects that might develop into new Faringdon U3A Special Interest Groups. Click Workshop Calendar for more information about what we’re looking for and who to contact.
The first Workshop on Ukulele’s was a successful & enjoyable morning. The second Workshop will be on Solving Cryptic Crosswords on 26th April. Click here to find out how to book a place. The third Workshop will be on ‘William Morris – his life and work’ on Friday 27th May. Click Workshop William Morris for more information. The fourth workshop will be ‘A new look at the environment’ on Tuesday 28th June. More Workshops are in the pipeline and will be advertised on this site, in the Newsletter and at monthly meetings.
LATEST THEATRE VISITS HERE: Get info here
More TVN Study Days and a JazzFest!
The Thames Valley Network Events Team has organised two more Study Days. One of these is in Swindon and will be of interest to all Steam enthusiasts. The other is to be held at one of the Thames Valley’s BBOWT sites. We have also had details of an August Jazz Festival in Buckinghamshire. Click here for more information on all these events
The Travel Group had a wonderful holiday in the North of England – see their report & photos.
The Third Age Trust – see link here, that will take you to news of a National Mailing list and details of National Study days.
New Groups – latest updates (March 2016)
We asked you recently if you are frustrated or 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. Well, the call has been answered and the “Ukulele Group” is up and running – see the Winter & SpringNewsletters for details. The ‘Current Affairs Group” has also been launched in the New Year – again the Spring Newsletter has details. Another group – “Ashmolean Museum Group” – is in the planning stages. If you’d like to find out more about what it plans to do, click here or contact Anthony Burdall [email@example.com or 01367 240713]. 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 organisiing rather than leading. So, if there are subjects or areas which are not currently catered for, 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.”