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. Old_Town_Hall_2_small 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

Membership renewal – 2016 renewals have started.  You can now renew your membership online here.  You will also, as usual, receive a renewal form with the Winter Newsletter in the post.  Membership fees remain unchanged and we look forward to receiving your renewal.  Full details can be seen on the Contacts & Membership page.

January Japes in the Corn Exchange on Thursday 14th January 2016 – see the Menu and Booking Form.

The Winter 2015 Newsletter is available here

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 10th December, please see details here.

Before coming back to the UK in 1995 our speaker- Reggie Heyworth- had spent 5 years in Tanzania, where for some time he was employed by the Zoological Society of Frankfurt to lead the Tanzanian Rhino Conservation Project, in the Serengeti National Park. At today’s meeting he will talk about the work of the Cotswold Wildlife Park, where he continues to put into practice the ideas he developed in Tanzania around protecting wildlife, supporting communities and promoting education.


Thursday, 17th December 2015

Visit to Lechlade Garden Centre followed by a festive lunch. Booking essential so please speak to Christina as soon as possible if you wish to attend.    Transport is car sharing, leaving the GSP at 11.15pm

Thursday 21st January 2016

Planning meeting where we decide what events to plan for the coming year, followed by one of our quizzes.  Please bring a little refreshment to share.  Venue: The Jubilee Room at the Pump House:  Time: 2.30pm. There will be a small charge to cover costs.

Thursday 18th February, 2016

Details to be announced at the January meeting.


Fledgling CURRENT AFFAIRS GROUP –  First Meeting on Thursday 14th January 2016 10.30am at 19 Coxwell Road, Faringdon

At this meeting we can see what people have in mind, and make decisions as to the format and frequency of the meeting, and if there would be a better day to meet. So if you are unable to make the first meeting, please let me know your thoughts.

Jenny 240929, jennyridd@yahoo.co.uk

Theatregoers Update

New Year, Lots of New Shows : Get info here

Stop Press: – ANOTHER Local TVN Study Day!

The Thames Valley Network Events Team is organising a repeat of the William Morris Study Day at Kelmscott next August, as the one for April proved very popular and was quickly oversubscribed. Click here for more information.


The Pump House Project is holding this special Jazz event as a one-off fund raiser for Dementia Care. The aim is to set up a new Dementia drop in Café at The Pump House Project starting in the New Year. Dementia sufferers and their carers require a safe, secure, friendly place to meet, relax and access Dementia Friends and other relevant agencies. The Pump House Project building fits the bill perfectly, with its ease of access for those with limited movement, secure exits, tea and coffee making facilities and, soon to be installed, disabled toilet facilities. The Pump House Project asks for support so they can make the Cafe happen and provide a valuable resource for the vulnerable members of our community. Faringdon and District U3A Executive Committee are happy to give publicity to this event.  More details can be seen here.

The Travel Group had a wonderful holiday in the North of England – see their report & photos.

The Third Age Trust – see link here, that will take you to news of a National Mailing list and a National Study day at an impressive venue.

New Groups – latest news

We asked you recently if you are frustrated or 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. Well, the call has been answered and the “Ukulele Group” is up and running – see the Winter Newsletter for details.  The ‘Current Affairs Group” is to be launched in the New Year – again the Winter Newsletter has details. Another potential group “Ashmolean Museum Group– is in the planning stages. If you’d like to find out more about what it plans to do, contact Anthony Burdall [anthony.burdall@burdall.net or 01367 240713]. 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 organisiing rather than leading. So, if there are subjects or areas which are not currently catered for, 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.”

Jenny Braithwaite still has  a tray, 2 large white platters, a souffle dish, a large fork and a teacloth that were not taken away after the Summer Lunch back in August. If they are yours, please contact Jenny [01367 240929 or steve.jenny@hotmail.com to arrange to collect.