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
22nd September Theatre Goers Change to booking for AIDA
19th September Homepage Next Monthly Meeting on October 20th
16th September Science & Technology Group Details of latest trip to London – see below
10th September Rambling Group Retirement – see below.
5th September Strollers Dates for the remainder of 2016 & 2017
5th September Scrabble Meeting dates for the remainder of 2016 & 2017
2nd September Astronomy September Sky at Night
1st September Diary September details added – see note below
30th August Italian As Beginners Latest news
30th August Wine Appreciation Group Details updated
26th August Newsletter Autumn Newsletter available
14th August TVN New Study Days
13th August Travel Group Details of 2017 Adventure!
10th August Sunday Lunch Dates for September to November lunches
10th August Blues & Roots Updated
9th August Contacts & Membership New Online form to enable you to notify us of any changes in personal details
8th August Homepage A thank-you message about the Summer Lunch from Jenny & Steve Braithwaite
8th August Current Affairs Group Meeting dates for rest of this year
8th August Homepage Morning Workshops in Faringdon – update
24th July Homepage New Groups – update

Science and Technology Group

On Wednesday 5th October, the Science and Technology Group is planning a visit to the Science Museum in London by coach. The cost will be £18 per person, the coach will leave Faringdon at 0830 and the Science Museum at 1630 (with a pick-up and drop-off in Shrivenham). There may be spare seats on the coach, so if anyone is interested in a cheap day out in London (you do not have to visit the Science Museum!) please email Ron Colyer at: roncolyersandt@gmail.com or telephone 01793782363 for further details.


Jenny & Steve wish to thank all who came to the Summer Lunch, and, we hope, enjoyed an excellent meal and a good afternoon in the sun.

Thank you for all your Thank Yous, and thank you for the donation to our charity in Uganda.

However, the thanks should go mainly to the committee (and their spouses), who planned well and worked incredibly hard to make everything go with a swing.

We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Jenny & Steve Braithwaite

Diary page

At the beginning of each month we update the diary page to show the various activities for the coming month. We take the information from the Newsletter and from updates sent by group leaders. You will see if you visit the Diary that there are one or two gaps where we don’t have all the details we would like to display. If Group Leaders, or members of the relevant groups, can provide the missing information we will post it asap

Rambling Group

Please note that taking immediate effect I have stepped down as Leader of the Rambling Group. Any Volunteers for taking over? I have maps available and up to April I can Print off A4 size maps from OS.
My thanks to those who have supported me over the years.
Ken Bowley

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 20th October

Ron Colyer now leads our own Science and Technology Group and many members will know him as a Lecturer at Shrivenham. The title for his talk today is “Living and Working in Turkey in the 1960s”.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here. 

Morning Workshops in Faringdon

This is a series of Workshops on a wide range of interest topics. So far we have had Solving Cryptic Crosswords, an Introduction to the Ukulele, William Morris and a thought-provoking ‘Look at the Environment’. Thus far, the take-up has been disappointingly low. Maybe the subjects haven’t interested you? I am always open to new suggestions and ideas for topics, and also offers to present the session. Maybe an existing group would like to give the rest of us a one-off taster session? Meetings are usually held in a morning during the last week of the month, but we shall try a couple of afternoons and see if that attracts a few more. Venues vary, having been in the Friends Meeting House in Lechlade Road when enough people seemed likely to attend, or in someone’s home.

An Introduction to Playing the Ukulele for Complete Beginners


Not need to have a Uke already, as we have some to borrow


Singing and Making Music for Christmas, for Fun.
For anyone who likes singing and making music


This will be an afternoon of playing and singing carols, for singers and all
instrument players, however rusty, of any instrument.

It is essential to book for these meetings, which will be cancelled if not
enough people show an interest.

Contact Jenny, 240929, or email: jennyridd@yahoo.co.uk

New Groups – update (July 2016)

Earlier this year we asked you if you were 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. This call has been answered and the “Ukulele Group”, the “Current Affairs Group” , the “Ashmolean Museum Group”  and  “Striders” have all been successfully started this year. As you will see from another entry on this page, another new group, “Italian As Beginners”  is in the planning stages.

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 organising rather than leading.

So, if there are subjects or areas which are not currently catered for but 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.