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

See details of the latest National Trust day trip to Stourhead.


STRIDERS: the first walk with this new group will take place on Monday 6th June.

This will be a three- hour circular walk in the Lambourn valley (no more than 7 miles), weather permitting.

Please meet at the Gloucester Rd Faringdon carpark ( by the library) at 9.05 for car sharing or at the Woolstone Hill National Trust car park for the 9.30 start.

Please contact Françoise Stacey on b.f.stacey@outlook.com or on 01367 241813 if you are interested in joining us.

Gardeners Group – trip to Kew Gardens on Thursday 16th June – see details here.

The Summer 2016 Newsletter is available here: 16 Summer Newsletter Be one of the first to see it – and then tell your friends/fellow members about all the exciting things happening in our U3A – including new groups for you to join.

For information from previous Newsletters visit our archive by clicking here

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 9th June.

Carol Bunyan has been recovering well after the serious illness which prevented her from coming in May 2015.

A descendant of John Bunyan, the author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”, Carol worked for the BBC for 12 years before leaving to work full-time as a freelance writer and director.

She is going to talk about her career as a writer, and about some of her more recent assignments as a lecturer on board cruise ships.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here

Morning Workshops in Faringdon

Following two very successful one-off workshops, on such diverse topics as Ukulele and Cryptic Crosswords, I am now looking for people to offer to do a workshop on their speciality  – be it Music, Art, or anything you like that you think other people might be interested in.  Contact Jenny, 240929, or email: jennyridd@yahoo.co.uk.

Everyone is welcome to come, to one, some or all of these workshops; it’s not a group as such, you don’t need to ‘belong’.

Workshops will be either in someone’s house, or at the Friends Meeting House in Lechlade Road. As always at U3A events, there will be a cup of coffee and a bite to eat!

The third Workshop will be on ‘William Morris – his life and work’ on Friday 27th May. Click Workshop William Morris for more information. The fourth workshop will be ‘A New Look at the Climate’ on Wednesday 29th June.  Click Workshop New Look at the Climate for more information.

Theatregoers Update


More TVN Study Days and a JazzFest!

The Thames Valley Network Events Team has organised more Study Days. One of these is in Swindon and will be of interest to all Steam enthusiasts. Please also see details of an event to be held at one of the Thames Valley’s BBOWT sites, learning languages in later life in July, an August Jazz Festival in Buckinghamshire, and  the Joy of Children’s Literature in September.  Click here for more information on all these events.

The Third Age Trust – see link here, that will take you to news of a National Mailing list and details of National Study days.

New Groups – latest updates (March 2016)

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 & SpringNewsletters for details.  The ‘Current Affairs Group” has also been launched in the New Year – again the Spring Newsletter has details. Another group “Ashmolean Museum Group– is in the planning stages. If you’d like to find out more about what it plans to do, click here or 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.”