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 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
9th December Astronomy December Sky Newsletter
1st December Diary Diary for December posted
26th November See below Membership Renewal
24th November Current Affairs Group Please can new members first phone Jenny on 01367 240929 as the venue might change
23rd November Newsletter Winter Newsletter posted
18th November Photography Programme for 2018-2019
16th November Opera Programme for 2018-2019
10th November Theatregoers Latest Theatre trip
9th November Wine Appreciation Programme of tastings for next year
8th November Music Appreciation The Christmas party will be in the Barber rooms on Monday 10th December at 2 pm
6th November Ramblers Programme for the rest of this year and next year
1st November Diary Diary of November Events posted
31st October Astronomy November Sky Newsletter
18th October Ashmolean Museum Updated Programme
24th September Military History Updated Programme of talks

Monthly Meetings

The next monthly meeting and our ‘January Japes’ lunch will be on Thursday 10th January 2019.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.

Membership renewal – 2019 renewals have started.  The subscription process will be the same as last year, but the good news is that we are reducing the cost for the 2019 membership year. The membership fee will be reducing from £18 to £15 for a single member and from £30 to £24 for two members from the same household. We have been able to do this because our funds are very healthy at the moment thanks to costs being kept stable and a very pleasing growth in membership. The situation will naturally be monitored by the Treasurer, but it is hoped that we will be able to keep these figures for some time to come.

For our U3A insurance purposes, your renewal and payment must be received before the end of January 2019, or your U3A membership will lapse and you will not be eligible to attend General Meetings or to participate in any Interest Groups.

We hope that those who do internet banking will choose to use our on-line facility which is now available. Fill in the on-line renewal form on the ‘Contacts & Membership’ page of our website and click ‘submit’. Then log-on to your bank and pay Faringdon U3A the appropriate sum – details of the sort code and account number etc are all on the website. When we have received your online renewal form, you will get an email acknowledgement.

Don’t worry if you don’t use internet banking because you will also receive a Subscription Renewal Form in a separate postal mailing, early in January next year, which you can complete and return with a cheque.  You can also download and print the Renewal form from our website before then and complete & return it with a cheque.

If you pay online, please ensure that you make both the online payment and complete either the online or paper form.  We cannot process your membership renewal until we have received your form.