Our main meeting is held at 2.30 pm in Faringdon Corn Exchange on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings begin with a warm welcome from our Chairman, Jenny Braithwaite and any notices from the groups. The talk, from a visiting speaker then follows. After the talk there are free refreshments and a chance to talk to Group Leaders and socialise.

If you would like to give a talk to our members or you have heard of a good speaker, do please contact me. I am always on the look out for new topics and interesting speakers.

We look forward to seeing you in the Corn Exchange.

Shela Rowan

Thursday 13th October 2022

Martin Lloyd, is our speaker for October and the title of his talk is, ‘Becoming a Famous Author’. Many of you will remember that Martin spoke to our u3a before in  May 2018 and is back by popular demand! As well as being an accomplished  speaker at events across the country, Martin has published more than ten books on a variety of topics including the history of passports, the twin delights of sun and breakfast in Spain and a blockbusting best seller based in France.

In this talk he will, step by step expose what he had to do to get his first book published. Prepare to be shocked, amazed and amused!

Thursday 10th November 2022

This month we are looking back to 1982 and the Falklands War. Robbie Burns, is our speaker and his talk entitled, Belonging to 2 Troop Falklands, which is also the title of his book. He lives in Faringdon and he led a troop of combat engineersduring the campaign in 1982. His book documents his memories and those of former colleagues and their families which he refers to during the talk. His book also includes discussions with Veterans of the Falklands War who are still struggling to come to terms with their experiences 40 years after the conflict. He will talk about his experiences from first-hand and give some background information.

He was featured on BBC News back in April on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Thursday 8th December 2022

Our speaker this month, Anne-Marie Prestidge is a new member of our u3a and previously was a listening volunteer with the Samaritans for 18 years. Her talk will cover how and why the Reverend Chad Varah founded the organisation in 1953 and how it has evolved into the 24/7 service it is today.

It is a common misconception that the Samaritans was set up only to support people that had decided to end their lives prematurely. The Samaritans is much more than this, and Anne-Marie will present some surprising statistics relating to the demographics of the incidents of suicide and the reasons why people reach the point where they think that this is their only option.

She will also discuss what it takes to become a volunteer, the personal qualities that a potential volunteer should possess and how they are trained to uphold the ethos of the organisation. Certainly, an interesting topic.

Thursday 12th January 2023 To be decided

Thursday 9th February 2023

Chris Taylor is our speaker this month and his talk is entitled, Being a Test Pilot. Having wanted to be a pilot for as long as he can remember, Chris Taylor gained his private pilot’s licence at the age of seventeen.  He joined the Royal Navy whilst studying for a degree in Electrical Engineering and after serving as a Navigation Officer on numerous ships. This talk attempts to draw on the experiences of Chris’ career and to explain why test pilots are necessary, how they go about their jobs and how they make aircraft safer for us all to fly in as a result. The comprehensively illustrated talk is deliberately light- hearted and humorous with only enough technical information to be able to understand the particular story being described.

Chris has written a book which will be available to buy and he will be happy to sign copies of his book which might make a good present for someone!

Thursday 9th March 2023

A rather unusual title has been given to this month’s talk, Cloth from Thread, Curd from Milk and Ring of Gold which was scheduled for September 2020. The talk will consider three ways of looking at the world. David Lacey, is the speaker and he intends to examine the thinking framework which we use to interpret the facts. He considers that they are the glasses through which we see the world and hopes to open our eyes to seeing the world afresh. This will certainly be rather different from many of our talks which are mainly about facts and unfamiliar life situations.