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.

If you need help navigating the site, particularly using the menu bar at the top of the page, please click here or on the Help button on that menu bar

Late News, Messages and Newsletter Amendments


Date changed Webpage Details
13th October Rambling Group Details of next walk on Thursday 27th October
10th October National Trust Group is closing, or new leader required
7th October Wine Appreciation Group Latest update
6th October Contacts & Membership New Members can join for the rest of this year for just £5 per person
5th October See below New Groups – an update
4th October See below Annual Open Day – a reminder
1st October Diary October Events diary posted
28th September Astronomy October Sky at Night
22nd September Theatre Goers Change to booking for AIDA
19th September See below Next Monthly Meeting on October 20th



TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER 10.00 -12.00


Come along and have a browse round the many stands, chat with Group Leaders and see if anything takes your fancy.

If you know someone who is contemplating joining Faringdon and District U3A, encourage them to come along – they’ll be made very welcome.

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.

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 (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.