Barnet U3A

An organisation for the Retired and Semi-Retired


Guidance on restarting Groups

Barnet U3A has suspended normal activities until further notice although individual groups are continuing using where possible social media such as WhatsApp and online conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet.

Monthly Meetings via Zoom


1st October – Nicholas Jones on “1978-79 Winter of Discontent”.

5th Nov – James Morton talks about his career as a lawyer and then as a writer, including police, magistrates, and criminals he has known.
3rd Dec – Hugh Montgomery returns with a climate change update.

About Barnet U3A

All you need to know

Description 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 aim of BarnetU3A is 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



There are nearly 200 interest groups from which to choose. The meetings are at convenient times and at venues all around the northern part of Barnet.



Barnet U3A is NOT a university. We have a wide range of groups engaged in what might be called leisure pursuits for example Gardening, Board Games, Pilates and lots of Walking Groups



The social side of Barnet U3A is central to our success. We have Quizzes, Xmas dinners and social events. Virtually every group has  a social dimension. 

Outings, Trips and Cruises

Barnet U3A has an absolutely brilliant Outings and Trips team. All through the year they offer  an incredible range of activities:

  • Trips to wonderful Gardens
  • Short breaks
  • Cruises to Europe

Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings are online via Zoom until further notice

Monthly Meeting  Thursday 1st October  10.30am

A talk by Nicholas Jones on “1978-79 Winter of Discontent”.

The Winter of Discontent of 1978-79 was one of those unforgettable episodes of British political and industrial history: weeks and weeks of strike action and disruption that resulted in a momentous turning point in the lives of so many working people.

Nicholas Jones, who was a BBC correspondent for thirty years, had a ringside seat during the chaos that ensued when 30 million working days were lost; the eventual downfall of a Labour government; and the election of Margaret Thatcher.

Nick looks back on the rise of trade union militancy in the 1970s; the significance of the closed shop and flying pickets; and the election of a Conservative government that was determined to curb trade union power, break up the nationalised industries, and to introduce the flexible working that has powered the UK’s service industries.

Zoom Meeting Details TBA


Before the Pandemic the Monthly Meeting was normally   on the first Thursday of the month. It began  at 9.45 am in Ewen Hall where tea/coffee and biscuits were available. The talk started at 10.30 am.
In the hall, you could book Outings, find out about new groups from the Groups team, discover what was happening in the London U3A region and get computer/phone/tablet help if you needed it. The membership team were on duty to answer queries and register new members.

Meetings will resume in Ewen Hall as soon as it is safe

Non members were  welcome to come to these meetings, to find out more about Barnet U3A