Barnet University of the Third Age

Barnet U3A offers people no longer in full-time employment an opportunity for life-long learning, friendship and hopefully some fun.

The key aims of BarnetU3A are:

  1. To encourage and enable older people no longer in full-time paid employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience.
  2. To demonstrate the benefits and enjoyment to be gained and the new horizons to be discovered in learning throughout life.
  3. To celebrate the capabilities and potential of older people and their value to society.

Does this describe you?

  • Are you retired or semi-retired?
  • Do you want to be active (socially, mentally, physically)?
  • Would you like to join one or more of our many special interest groups?
  • Would you enjoy outings to theatres and concerts or visits to Stately homes?

Then Barnet U3A is for you!

Founded in 2007

Barnet U3A (BU3A), set up at the end of 2007, has grown very rapidly and the current membership is just over 1400. There are over 150 groups from which to choose. The meetings are at convenient times and at venues all around the northern part of Barnet. Costs are low because our activities are organised by our members who freely share their skills and expertise. Once a month we have a general meeting open to all members where we normally have a guest speaker.

The Barnet U3A (BU3A) Committee has taken a policy decision that only fully paid up members can participate in any BU3A activity, including Interest Groups.The only exception to this policy is that a non-member can attend a maximum of two BU3A Monthly Meetings, before being required to apply for membership.

A group for you!

See what the Groups have to offer, visit the Membership page, then Contact Us.


September Monthly Meeting – The Last Emperor

blumeneauRalph Blumeneau

puyi-china_2560066bPu Yi
Ralph Blumeneau gave a terrific talk on the ‘The Last Emperor’ – Pui Yi. He based his talk on Pu Yi’s autobiography which Ralph pointed out had been ‘officially’ approved by the chinese government. It was a tale of a weak and in some ways pathetic man who had been made Emperor when he was just two. As a child, he ruled as the Xuantong Emperor from 1908 until his forced abdication on 12 February 1912. Ralph is an excellent speaker with an encyclopaedic knowledge of history and he brought Pu Yi to life with all his frailties and faults.

Ralph announced this will be his last talk to our monthly meetings as he is finding the journey from south London much too tiring.

Many thanks to Ralph for a series of fascinating talks over the years.

How to find Ewen Hall

Below is a map showing the location of Ewen Hall. It is short walk from the high street in High Barnet. Numerous buses stop near the hall including the 107,307,263 and the 184.


The Barnet U3A is a Registered Charity (No. 1129309) and is
one of 702 U3As in the UK affiliated to the Third Age Trust (Reg. Charity No. 288007), the national parent body, which now has over 200,000 members.

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