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 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
25th May See below GDPR update & link to the Privacy Policy & Data Protection Policy Documents
25th May Newsletter Summer 2018 Newsletter posted
23rd May Theatre Goers New Theatre trip
21st May Wine Appreciation Details of our Vineyard visit in June
16th May Music Appreciation See below
1st May Astronomy May Sky Newsletter
1st May Ramblers See details of next walk on May 24th
30th April Diary Diary of Events for May posted
14th April See below Message from Peter & Elizabeth Smith
8th April Scrabble Scrabble Group newly revived!
27th February Newsletter Spring 2018 Newsletter posted


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an update to the existing Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  GDPR will apply in the UK from 25th May 2018 and will replace the DPA.

The main change for Faringdon & District U3A relates to the requirement to identify a lawful basis for collecting and processing your data.  Your Committee has taken advice from the U3A National Office and determined that the lawful basis for collecting and processing your data for membership services, including the newsletter, is “contract” as the payments made by members for their membership provides the necessary basis for a contractual relationship.  For the distribution of the Trust publications the lawful basis is “consent” as this requires members’ names and addresses to be sent to outside publishing and distribution companies.

As a result of GDPR, we have made the following changes:

– Redesigned the Membership Application/Renewal form (paper & online equivalents) to include a ‘Privacy Statement’, updated ‘Terms & Conditions of Membership’ and getting consent to be added to the mailing list for the Third Age Trust magazines.

– Written Data Protection & Privacy Policy documents. These can be viewed on the Policy Documents link at the top of this page.

The Interest Groups Guidelines document has also been updated to include GDPR guidelines.  A ‘Legitimate Interest Assessment – Next of Kin’ document is also available.  These documents are also on the Policy Documents page.

It is important that we keep members’ data up-to-date, so if any of your details change during the year or you wish to be removed from the mailing lists of the Third Age Trust magazines or our local Newsletter please contact the Membership Secretary or use the ‘Change of Details’ form on the ‘Contacts & Membership’ page of this website.

Ricky Cunningham

Dear Faringdon and District U3A members

Yesterday afternoon we held our AGM  and I stepped down as your Chairman and Elizabeth formally handed over her Newsletter editorship.

With the formal proceedings over, we were both completely overwhelmed by the generous words spoken about us and the wonderful gifts of wine and flowers that we received. This is incredibly kind of you all – rest assured that they are much appreciated and will be enjoyed immensely.

We are certain that Faringdon and District U3A will thrive ‘under new management’. We will still be active members and look forward to continued involvement both with the Groups we already are associated with and maybe others besides.

Thanks again – we feel very honoured.

Peter and Elizabeth Smith

Music Appreciation: Please note that there is an error in the current Newsletter – there will be no meeting in May because of the Bank Holiday

Monthly Meetings

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 14th June 2018.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.