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
2nd October Diary Diary for October posted
1st October Astronomy October Sky Newsletter
24th September Military History Updated Programme of talks
14th September See below Open Day
13th September Opera The next Opera meeting at Linda Leggett’s house will start at 2:00 pm (and not at 2:30 as shown in the Newsletter)
11th September Wine Appreciation Details of our next wine tasting on 16th October – open to all U3A members
29th August Diary Diary of U3A events for September posted
23rd August Newsletter Autumn Newsletter posted
5th August Theatregoers New Year, New Event
18th July Policy Documents Safeguarding Policy & GDPR Committee Guidelines added
25th June Wine Appreciation Trip to Mosel Valley next year
25th May See below GDPR update & link to the Privacy Policy & Data Protection Policy Documents

Faringdon & District U3A Open Day 2018 – Tuesday 2nd October at 10:00

Our annual Open Day will be held in the Corn Exchange on Tuesday 2nd October between 10:00 and 12:00.

The event is both to attract new members and to allow existing members to learn something of Groups they are not familiar with and which they might consider joining.

Come along and have a browse round the many stands, chat with Group Leaders and see if anything takes your fancy.

If you know someone who is contemplating joining Faringdon and District U3A, encourage them to come along to our Open Day – they’ll be made very welcome.

Refreshments will be available.

Autumn 2018 Special:  If you join our U3A after 1st October, then the membership fee for the rest of this year is only £5 per person.


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 11th October 2018.

Please see details of all monthly meetings here.