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 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
The Spring 2015 Newsletter is available here
Monthly Meeting – 14th May, Corn Exchange
A talk from Carol Bunyan who has worked in theatre and television. She worked initially for the BBC Drama department, on several plays in the “Play for Today” series for BBC-1 and the “Playhouse” series for BBC-2. Her theatre credits include plays produced by the Royal Court Theatre in London and many others. The title of her talk is still to be confirmed.
CIRCLE DANCE : March and April – no session The next session will be on May 21st (Catholic Church Hall 2.30pm) with dances from different continents – easy, gentle and uplifting! We need a few more people to keep this group running, so do come along and give Circle Dance a try! The Circle Dance group – more details here
National Trust Group
Two early day trips – Canons Ashby and Tyntesfield – details here
Thames Valley Network
The next few months will bring FOUR very different Study Days. If you are interested in Cosmology and the Big Bang (March), English Art (April), Britain’s Heritage (May) or Horticulture (June – Faringdon interest here!) 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 has been heavily oversubscribed. There is a long waiting list and a repeat of the day is planned for June. 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 2015 programme.
FOLK DANCING – an Appeal! We thoroughly enjoy our monthly get-togethers, when we exercise bodies and minds, desperately trying to remember which is left and which is right. There are, though, only eight of us who attend regularly which means we don’t get a chance to “sit out” and recover. We would love it if a few more members would join us. Why not give it a try and us a rest? Our next meeting is Thursday 7th May (general election day). Unfortunately we won’t be able to meet on 2nd April as it is Maundy Thursday.