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 500 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 u3a’s. 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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Latest News, Messages and Newsletter Amendments

Date changedWebpageDetails
24th MayNewsletterSummer 2023 Newsletter posted on website
10th MayMonthly MeetingsMeeting topics for the rest of the year have been added
30th MarchNewsletterSpring 2023 Newsletter posted on website
7th FebruaryMilitary HistoryMeeting topics for the next few months

Ian Clarkson Remembered.

“It was through u3a that I knew Ian Clarkson. He joined the Committee in April 2007 and, much to my pleasure, became Chairman in 2009, leading the Faringdon u3a to increased membership and great activity – at the time Pam Jones, who was Area Representative and went on to become Third Age Trust Chair, suggested Faringdon u3a was the most active in the Thames Valley and how she wished others could follow our example. For many years Ian ran the Family History Group, for a period ran the computer group and led many walks for the Ramblers. I was one of the many u3a members who benefitted from his leadership and guidance, and I remember sharing many a pub lunch on a walk.

Anthony Burdall”

Monthly Meetings

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.