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.

If you need help navigating the site, particularly using the menu bar at the top of the page, please click here or on the Help button on that menu bar

Late News, Messages and Newsletter Amendments

Date changed Webpage Details
5th August Theatregoers New Year, New Event
25th July Monthly Meetings Speaker details for April & May next year added
25th July Astronomy August Sky Newsletter
23rd July Wine Appreciation Details of our next wine tasting on 21st August – open to all U3A members
18th July Policy Documents Safeguarding Policy & GDPR Committee Guidelines added
13th July See below Details of this year’s Summer Lunch & response form
6th July Gardeners Details of the trip to the RHS Malvern 3 Counties Show
4th July Astronomy July Sky Newsletter
2nd July Monthly Meetings Speaker details for next January added
2nd July Theatre Goers New Theatre Trip
1st July Diary July’s Diary of Events posted
25th June Wine Appreciation Trip to Mosel Valley next year
8th June Military History Updated Programme of talks
25th May See below GDPR update & link to the Privacy Policy & Data Protection Policy Documents
25th May Newsletter Summer 2018 Newsletter posted

Summer Lunch – Thursday 16th August at 12.00

Our Summer Lunch will be held at 19 Coxwell Road thanks to the continuing generosity of Steve and Jenny Braithwaite.  All members are welcome to attend.

Meat, fish and vegetarian options will be provided together with bread etc. There will also be wine and soft drinks available.

Those who attend are asked to contribute either a salad or a dessert which should be ‘ready-to-serve’ in a dish that you should take away at the end.

To assist in gauging the number of attendees, please click on the button below.  This will take you to a simple ‘response form’, where you can say whether you are attending, not attending or might attend.  Alternatively, you can use the ‘response form’ link in the e-mail that we have sent you.

If you know of anyone without internet access, you can also respond on their behalf.  If this isn’t possible then telephone Rita Higazi (01367 244 494) or Peter Robinson (01367 718 566) to say whether you intend to come.

Your Response


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an update to the existing Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  GDPR will apply in the UK from 25th May 2018 and will replace the DPA.

The main change for Faringdon & District U3A relates to the requirement to identify a lawful basis for collecting and processing your data.  Your Committee has taken advice from the U3A National Office and determined that the lawful basis for collecting and processing your data for membership services, including the newsletter, is “contract” as the payments made by members for their membership provides the necessary basis for a contractual relationship.  For the distribution of the Trust publications the lawful basis is “consent” as this requires members’ names and addresses to be sent to outside publishing and distribution companies.

As a result of GDPR, we have made the following changes:

– Redesigned the Membership Application/Renewal form (paper & online equivalents) to include a ‘Privacy Statement’, updated ‘Terms & Conditions of Membership’ and getting consent to be added to the mailing list for the Third Age Trust magazines.

– Written Data Protection & Privacy Policy documents. These can be viewed on the Policy Documents link at the top of this page.

The Interest Groups Guidelines document has also been updated to include GDPR guidelines.  A ‘Legitimate Interest Assessment – Next of Kin’ document is also available.  These documents are also on the Policy Documents page.

It is important that we keep members’ data up-to-date, so if any of your details change during the year or you wish to be removed from the mailing lists of the Third Age Trust magazines or our local Newsletter please contact the Membership Secretary or use the ‘Change of Details’ form on the ‘Contacts & Membership’ page of this website.

Ricky Cunningham

Monthly Meetings

The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 13th September 2018.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.