The groups meet on a weekly basis, in libraries across the borough.

Friern Barnet Library Tuesday from 11am
Chipping Barnet Library Tuesday from 2pm
New Barnet Community Centre also holds sessions every Wednesday from 10.30am

For more information, email or call Paul Higgins from the Reader Group.

“The Good Companions ADS have been performing amateur drama at John Keble church in Edgware, Middlesex since 1933. We are now one of the leading drama groups in the London Borough of Barnet.”

Formed in 1990, the club is for local musicians and singers and especially audience who are interested in traditional and contemporary folk music.

“The Hertfordshire Showband based in Potters Bar Hertfordshire, is one of the UK’s most successful marching bands. The 60 strong band is administered by the Hertfordshire Band Academy and caters for young people and adults.

Members have the opportunity to perform in competitions, concerts and events both locally and abroad. Over the past few years the band has competed in the World Music Contest, World Showband Contest and the European Marching and Showband Championships, winning no less than 6 gold and 3 silver medals.

The showband has also performed at Windsor Castle, The Royal Tournament, NFL at new Wembley Stadium, Saracens at new Wembley stadium, Birmingham Tattoo, Disneyland Paris, The Lord Mayor’s Show in London, and in many other prestigious events and parades.”

“We are a friendly bunch of people united by our passion for Orienteering. In Orienteering circles we are often known as “Happy Herts” or just HH. We have achieved Sport England Clubmark accreditation status which recognises our commitment to fostering opportunities for juniors and to those who help with our junior activities.

Happy Herts draws its membership from across the county and beyond (including North London & Middlesex) and across a wide spectrum of Orienteering competence. It exists to promote the sport of Orienteering, both by organising events and by encouraging members to attend the events of other clubs.”

“The club was originally founded in 1940 to provide cricket for the former pupils of Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School in Barnet, but we have been an open club for many years, and welcome members from across the Barnet area and beyond.

The club currently runs 5 adult teams, 9 colts teams and a Ladies team. The three Saturday adult teams play in Divisions 3A, 8A and 10B of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League, while there is one league & one friendly XI on Sunday’s helping to bridge the gap between junior and senior cricket.

We are always looking for new members to join our friendly club, so whether you are a junior looking to play, a parent or a more experienced player or coach wanting to join a new club, or just someone looking for a quiet place to have a drink and watch some cricket, come and say hello.”

Old Elizabethans Memorial Playing Fields, Mays Lane, Barnet EN5 2AG

“Our Local History Society helps you find more about Barnet’s past and meet other people who enjoy history.

Barnet Record Society was formed in 1927 after a group of local people became concerned that Barnet’s past was being lost and decided to start a collection of documents and objects relating to the history of Barnet and the surrounding areas. The Society’s first exhibition was held in the Barnet Council Chamber. However, as the years passed, the collection grew, and on 19 March 1938 it was given a permanent home at 31 Wood Street, where it has remained. After discovering that people thought the word ‘record’ indicated a music society, the name was changed in 1967 to Barnet & District Local History Society. It is now ‘Barnet Museum and Local History Society’.”

Barnet Museum, 31 Wood Street, Barnet EN5 4BE

“Welcome to the campaign for a Better Barnet

We set up the Better Barnet campaign to respond to residents who told us what they thought was broken in Barnet – a Conservative council that was just not listening to the people it claimed to represent. We work in partnership with local residents and community groups on everything from road safety schemes and parking charges, to saving Friern Barnet Library and opposing the Conservatives ‘One Barnet’ sell-off of council services.

Although the campaign to stop the ‘One Barnet’ sell-off of services was not successful, together we have achieved many other successes. And where the Barnet Conservatives have failed to create a vision and a plan for Barnet, and where they have failed to work with residents and communities to create that vision and plan, the Better Barnet campaign will continue to work with local people to help them do just that.

We’re building a campaign and a movement that wants to put you, our local residents, at the heart of it.”

Home-based sewing school with monthly club in Chipping Barnet. Contact Helen MacKenzie for details.

“As a theatre group we started life in 1938 and since 1948 we have been running our own well equipped 64 seat theatre in Friern Barnet, North London.

We have a friendly, lively and active membership of about 130 members and stage six productions a year to a consistently high standard.

We participate in the annual Barnet and District Drama Festival and have won many awards for our productions.”

“Barnet Education Arts Trust absolutely loves to make music! Whether you are a young classical, jazz or rock musician we have bands and groups at our three music centres (located in East Barnet, Finchley and Hendon). If you sing we have choirs, and if you are a teacher we have training opportunities and advice. We can hire out orchestral instruments if you are having lessons through us with one of our 170 qualified and CRB checked fabulous teachers. We stage concerts regularly, every Summer we organise a seven night festival at the Arts Depot for all our schools, and every five years we hold a musical extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. We also work in with seven other North and West London music hubs (Music8London). If you are three years or older we have something for you!”

“Choirs R Us is a lively, friendly choir in Barnet for adults and young people of all singing abilities. We sing pop, soul and gospel songs in harmony. There’s no audition and no need to be able to read music as the songs are taught by ear. You’ll learn how to control your voice through vocal and breathing techniques and have great fun along the way.

We have over 100 choir members from the borough of Barnet who sing their hearts out every Monday evening, and it’s a great way to make new friends while expressing yourself through the music.”

“If you’re looking for a friendly swimming club, whatever your swimming needs, we aim to be the club for you.

We have regular evening training sessions during the week, and morning training sessions at the weekend at the following locations:

Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School
Address: High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5RR
Monday, Tuesday, Friday (Swim School only) & Sunday

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys
Address: Queens Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Whitings Hill Primary School
Address: Whitings Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 2QY
Tuesday for Swim School only”

“Monken Hadley Cricket Club, based in Barnet, Herts, welcomes players of all standards to play friendly cricket matches on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Please contact us through the website if you would like to play – regularly or just occasionally!

The earliest recorded report of cricket being played on the Common appeared in the Barnet Press and it referred to a game against the Privy Council Office CC on June 14th 1862. It is however probably that cricket was played on the Common earlier than this as the novelist, Anthony Trollop (1815-1882), in his novel “The Bertrams”, which was set in the 1840s made a reference to Cricket on the Common. His mother lived in Hadley and it is therefore quite likely that he drew on real life for inspiration.

The present Monken Hadley Cricket Club, which has its pitch on the grassland at the western end of the Common, was reformed in 1954 and has played continuously since that time.”

“Welcome to the Friern Barnet & District Local History Society. We are a young society but we are active, not only in researching the past, but recording the present for future historians.

Our founder, John Donovan, lived in Friern Barnet between 1966 and 1995. He became concerned that nothing was being done to record and preserve the history of the area and before long there would be nobody left who remembered it. He decided to start a local history society and in late 1999 he gathered together a few like-minded people and the Society was formed. We had our first public meeting in September 2000, at the former Friern Barnet Town Hall, and by the end of that year we had a membership of over 100.

It was named “Friern Barnet and District” as a reflection of its interest in not only the area covered by the former Friern Barnet Urban District Council but also the neighbouring areas of New Southgate, North Finchley and Whetstone.
Our aims are to encourage the preservation of things of local interest, to study and record local history and to arrange lectures on topics of local and general historical interest.

We publish a Newsletter four times a year and we produce a number of publications on various topics.
We hold ten public meetings a year and occasionally organise walks around the area.”

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