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 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

The link below is to a website outlining the Third Age Trust’s latest Covid-19 news for u3a members. It will be of interest to all, but especially to Interest Group leaders.

Latest Coronavirus News

Date changedWebpageDetails
26th NovemberMonthly MeetingsMeeting topics for the start of next year have been added
25th NovemberNewsletterWinter 2021 Newsletter posted on website
26th OctoberOpen letterAn open letter to all u3a members from Chair of the Third Age Trust, Liz Thackray
30th SeptemberSee belowAutumn 2021 Special:  If you join our u3a after 1st October, then the membership fee for the rest of this year is only £5 per person.
11th AugustWine Appreciation GroupProgram for the rest of the year and pictures of our July wine tasting & buffet lunch
8th AugustMilitary HistoryProgram of talks for the rest of the year
13th MaySee belowFaringdon Fitness Sessions
7th AprilSee belowFaringdon u3a Ramblers

Autumn 2021 Special:  If you join our u3a after 1st October, then the membership fee for the rest of this year is only £5 per person.

Faringdon Fitness Sessions

You might be interested in a programme that has recently being approved by Faringdon Town council.

The project will be focused on Fitness sessions outdoor in Town Park, next to the library and should start in May and be open to adults, seniors and children.

The idea is that by offering subsided fitness sessions (seniors and children), it will make sport accessible to the community and promote physical and mental wellbeing as we come out of lockdown.

More information can be found on the Faringdon Town Council website

Faringdon u3a Ramblers

As we approach a time when it is permissible for groups of walkers to resume rambling, I have decided that it is a good time for me to stand down with immediate effect and for a new group organiser to replace me. My decision has been influenced by ongoing family health issues. I have run the group for a few years and enjoyed doing so. I would like to thank you all for coming on the walks, but especially a great group of walk leaders. Without their support there would not have been a Ramblers group.

I trust that someone will volunteer to lead the group and I would be happy to help them move forward with our u3a rambling. Please let me know if you interested in becoming Ramblers group leader. Thank you.

Marcus Lapthorn


Monthly Meetings

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.