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
Mah Jong: Please note switch of venues – 4th March Shrivenham, 18th March Stanford
Monthly meeting in the Corn Exchange
Thursday 12th March
“The History of the sport of Polo”. Guest speaker Peter Morris, who teaches across a range of courses at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. His main work is in the School of Equine Management and Science but he also works in rural estate management.
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.
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
Get info here on all our planned trips for the first half of 2015.
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 5th March.