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 Folly, courtesy of Anthony Burdall

Faringdon U3A has been in existence since 2002 and currently has about 550 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 approx 45 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

Faringdon & District U3A and the Coronavirus – the latest news with regard to advice from The Third Age Trust together with information about our own U3A’s General and Group Meetings:

The link below is to a website outlining the Third Age Trust’s latest advice for U3A members. It will be of interest to all, but especially to Interest Group leaders.

Latest Coronavirus Advice

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing, it is with regret that we have decided to cancel our U3A General Meetings until further notice, including the AGM meeting in April. We are also advising Group Leaders to cancel their meetings until the time comes that it is safe to resume. If possible, however, please keep in touch with each other by email, Skype or telephone so that no one feels left in isolation.

We urge you to follow all the advice on handwashing, social distancing and only going on essential trips to the shops or chemist while we are trying to cope in these very difficult times.

We will send updates when the situation changes.

In the meantime, try to keep well and safe.

Very Best Wishes

Margaret Brown


  • The Science and Technology Group visit to the British Motor Museum, Gaydon planned for Tuesday 7th April has now been postponed due to concerns over the possible spread of the Coronavirus and there will now be NO MEETING ON 7th APRIL. It is hoped to re-arrange the visit for the Autumn – Ron Colyer, Group Leader
  • All Bridge classes are postponed until further notice
  • The Music Appreciation Group meeting, scheduled for 23rd March is cancelled
  • All Family History meetings (both groups) are cancelled until further notice
  • French Conversation (Francoise) and Italian both cancelled until further notice
  • Patchwork and Quilting Group – no meetings until after Easter at the earliest
  • Theatre Goers – all outings to future performances have been cancelled, refunds will be provided

Date changedWebpageDetails
2nd AprilAstronomyApril Newsletter posted
2nd MarchDiaryDiary of Events for March posted
24th FebruaryChairman’s ReportReport for 2020 AGM posted
23rd FebruaryNewsletterSpring 2020 Newsletter posted

Monthly Meetings

All monthly meetings are now cancelled until further notice.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.