Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of each month in the Corn Exchange, Faringdon.  We begin at 2:30pm with a welcome from the Chairman who also introduces our speaker. After the talk there is time for tea and biscuits and the chance to meet old friends and make new ones. 

The planned programme, in brief, for the  next 9 months is as follows:

Coronavirus – All Corn Exchange meetings are cancelled until further notice, but there will be Zoom virtual meetings instead.

The meetings for the rest of this year are going ahead as Zoom meetings and an email will be sent to all members before each meeting confirming this.

Thursday 14th January 2021 Via Zoom

Have you ever wondered if an item is recyclable or for land fill? This month’s speaker will attempt to answer our queries. Jessica Beare works for the Vale of the White Horse, District Council and is a Recycling and Education Officer and part of her work is to give talks to the local community. She hopes to explain what happens to the waste that is collected from the kerbside and how recycling works.

Thursday 11th February 2021 Via Zoom

This talk by Mike St. Maur Sheil who is a member of Faringdon U3A, is about World War One and Mike’s exhibition of photographs. Mike was a professional photographer and in 2005 a meeting with Professor Richard Holmes led to a collaboration documenting the battlefields along the Western Front of WW1 as they are today. With the support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Mike was able to visit every theatre of was except Iraq and the exhibition had an audience of 13 million people in nine different countries.

Thursday 11th March 2021 Via Zoom

Many of our members are interested in history, so this month’s talk will appeal to those members especially, but I hope also to everyone who would like to know more about cathedrals. Our speaker is Doctor Richard Fisher and his talk is entitled, ‘Three Choirs and a Reformation: The Cathedrals of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester under Henry VIII.’

The survival of the cathedrals through the turbulent years of Henry VIIIs reign is one of the anomalous features of his peculiarly English version of a reformed church.  Yet despite his determination to dissolve all the monastic foundations across the nation Henry inaugurated six new cathedrals in former large abbey churches.  But which did he choose, and why?  Richard Fisher, who now teaches medieval art-history at Bristol University, explores this topic with reference to three cities in the west of England, examining the varied layout of their cathedral buildings and contents.