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
4th December Ramblers Next walk
2nd December Astronomy December Sky at Night
1st December Diary Diary for December posted
30th November Newsletter Winter Newsletter
28th November Music Appreciation Group The Christmas Party on 12th December will start at 10:30 (not 11:00 as in the Winter Newsletter)
20th November Thames Valley Network First TVN Event of 2017
15th November See below January Japes 2017
3rd November Military History Topics for the rest of 2016 & for 2017
2nd November Bridge Need for more Absolute Beginners
1st November Poetry New Poem added
25th October National Activities Workshop on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s)

JANUARY JAPES 2017

Drive away winter blues.

On Thursday 12th January 2017 there will be a two course lunch with a drink and tea or coffee preceding the afternoon’s meeting.

The cost is £15 per person and the menu and a booking form will be included in the Winter Newsletter.


The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 8th December

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.


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.


Morning Workshop 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.

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

FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER, 2pm

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 (October 2016)

It’s pleasing to report that our U3A continues to form new groups. “Ukulele Group”, “Current Affairs Group” ,  “Ashmolean Museum Group” , “Striders” and “Italian As Beginners”  have all successfully started this year.

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 fairly recently established groups – History of Art – was launched with a “Facilitator”, charged with the responsibility of organising rather than leading.

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.