You can find links to other sites connected with our activities below:

Note: These are links to web sites maintained by other organisations. The Finchley Society has no control over, nor is it responsible for the content of these sites. The Society provides these links only as a convenience to our site visitors, and the inclusion of a link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by the Society.

Civic Societies, Trusts and Residents Associations

  • Federation of Residents’ Associations in Barnet (FORAB) has for over fifty years provided a forum for community groups in Barnet to exchange news and information on matters affecting their members.
  • The Barnet Society incorporates Chipping Barnet, Hadley and New Barnet, Arkley and the Dollis Valley. It includes two Conservation Areas and several miles of the border between Greater London and the Green Belt.
  • Barnet Federation of Allotment and Horticultural Societies was formed in 1965 at the time of the amalgamation of the Boroughs of Finchley, Hendon, the urban districts of Barnet, East Barnet and Friern Barnet into the London Borough of Barnet. In Barnet there are some 44 allotment sites managed by 37 societies, with a total of over 4000 allotment plots. The rents for plots and other related charges are set by the individual societies, and vary across the borough.
  • The Barnet National Trust Association was founded in 1979. Its objectives are to promote the National Trust locally, raise funds in its support, and arrange a programme of events and activities to enrich members’ understanding of its work.
  • Barnet Residents Association was formed in 1934, initially named Barnet Ratepayers Association. The Association’s activities include scrutiny of planning applications, protection of the environment, highways, public transport, parking, policing, healthcare provision and the economic well-being of the town centre.
  • East Barnet Residents’ Association (incorporating Friends of Oak Hill Park) focuses on East Barnet Village and Oak Hill Park, but has a strong interest in the local area including Southgate, Osidge, New Southgate, Whetstone, Oakleigh Park, New Barnet, and Cockfosters: the EN4 & EN5; N11, N14 & N20 postcodes.
  • The Enfield Society was founded in 1936 as the Enfield Preservation Society (EPS), and renamed The Enfield Society (TES) in 2007. The object of the Society is the conservation and enhancement of the civic and natural environments of the London Borough of Enfield and its immediate surrounding area for the benefit of the public.
  • The Finchley Horticultural Society was founded in 1940 as The West Finchley (Wartime) Allotments Association, part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. Over the years home gardeners were also welcomed to the Society and ‘West’ was removed from the title. In 1967 the Society adopted its present name.
  • The Friern Barnet and Whetstone Residents Association has been in operation for nearly 100 years. The Association covers the areas of Coppetts, Woodhouse and Oakleigh Wards in Barnet.
  • Friern Village Residents’ Association was formed in 1998 by residents living on the new large development behind the old Colney Hatch Mental Hospital, now Princes Park Manor. It stretches from New Southgate station to Colney Hatch Lane, and from Friern Barnet Road to the North Circular Road. Communication with residents is done via the Friern Village group on Contact Peter Storey (Secretary) tel: 07941 747903
  • Grange Big Local is an area of East Finchley that has been awarded £1 million of lottery money to spend according to resident priorities over up to ten years.  The area, whose boundaries are the North Circular, High Road, Church Lane and East End Road, includes the Grange, Font Hills and Thomas More estates.   People living in the area have an opportunity to make a lasting difference and to make an even better neighbourhood.
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association is a voluntary organisation open to all residents of the suburb. It can call on members with a variety of specialised knowledge who give their services free for the community.
  • The Heath and Hampstead Society fights to preserve the wild and natural state of the Heath; to maintain the character and amenities of Hampstead; and to promote the study of local history, natural history and conservation.
  • The Highgate Society is a voluntary organization living in and around Highgate, London N6. Its primary aim is to make Highgate a better place in which to live and work.
  • The Friends of the Highgate Bowl is a charity set up to buy land in the historic Highgate Bowl to preserve it as open land. Ideas for the future of this special area are in active development.
  • Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association was formed in 1948 as a non-political amenity society concerned with everything that contributes to the quality of life and the environment, including roads, buildings and open spaces in Muswell Hill, Fortis Green and Alexandra ward.
  • Open Spaces Society has been protecting open spaces, common land, village greens and public paths in England and Wales since 1865.
  • Southgate District Civic Trust, founded in 1962, is concerned to conserve and enhance the best aspects of the old Southgate Municipal Borough, which includes Cockfosters, Hadley Wood, New Southgate, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Southgate, and Winchmore Hill.
  • Totteridge Residents’ Association The Totteridge Residents’ Association was formed in 1937 to to preserve the past, protect the present and plan for the future of Totteridge. The Residents’ Association committee comprises of 11-13 Totteridge residents who meet approximately once a month to discuss and consider matters that affect Totteridge and its residents.
  • West Finchley Residents’ Association The West Finchley Residents’ Association  (WFRA) covers the area between Nether Street, Finchley Way, Dollis Brook and Argyle Road. WFRA was formed in 2010 and has been growing over the past five years with a current membership of more than 260 households – 35% of the approximately 700 households in the area. The Association has a regular cycle of social events and a committee that meets monthly and makes representations in the Barnet Planning process. It works in collaboration with the Ward Councillors, The Finchley Society and other civic groups.
  • Woodside Park Garden Suburb Residents’ Association

Climate Action Groups

  • Barnet Branches Out  A new local environmental group formed in August 2018 to bring positive environmental change to Barnet, with and for the community.
  • Barnet Climate Change Action Group BCAG is made up of concerned residents of the London Borough of Barnet from across faith, cultural, environmental & political organisations, wanting to take action tackling our current climate emergency. BCAG has met monthly since May 2019 at St Mary’s Church Finchley.
  • Extinction Rebellion – Barnet Citizens concerned with the environment in London’s borough of Barnet as well as other areas of the north west of London.
  • Friends of the Earth – Barnet A local group belonging to Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who come together to discuss and campaign on local, regional and national issues relating to climate change and the environment.

Environment and Transport

  • London Borough of Barnet Online select the service you want from the services drop list
  • London Borough of Barnet Parks and Open Spaces
  • East Finchley Walks “East Finchley is very fortunate. Not only is it close to Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Alexandra Park, well known places to walk, but it has quiet roads and lesser-known public green spaces of its own (many remnants of common land) that can readily be connected together to form a pleasant walk.”
  • GoodGym Barnet is a group of local residents who run, walk, or cycle to help out community projects and older people in Barnet

Planning and Architecture

  • London Borough of Barnet Planning Applications Visit this section of LB Barnet’s web site to view planning information, including planning applications.
  • Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. “We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride.”

Local History

  • Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s historic environment.
  • Victorian County History Middlesex volume 6 On line access to the volume of the Victoria County Histories the covers Finchley and Friern Barnet.
  • Blue Plaques of London is dedicated to providing a record of the plaques that commemorate the many famous individuals have lived and toiled at London addresses, and their work. They also offer the opportunity for anyone to provide, and be credited with, original research on any plaque.
  • Books on North London have chosen books on North, Northwest and West London from Amazon’s vast selection of books on all subjects. If you know of a book not featured, e-mail them and they will be happy to add it to their list.
  • The Enfield Archaeological Society is active in carrying out research and fieldwork in Enfield, in order to understand the archaeological past of the Borough. It aims to promote the practice and study of archaeology in the district, to record and preserve all finds in the district and encourage others to allow their finds to be recorded by the Society.
  • The Friern Barnet and District Local History Society held its first public meeting in 2000, and currently has over 180 members. It holds regular public meetings throughout the year, and has an archive of artefacts, books, documents, maps, photographs and other material at Stephens House. The Society also sponsors the Friern Barnet Photo Archive, which contains over 11,000 images of the area, as well as 3600 comments on these images.
  • London and Middlesex Archaological Society was founded in 1855 ‘for the purpose of investigating the antiquities and early history of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Metropolitan County of Middlesex’. Its activities include arranging lectures and conferences, publishing research on the history and archaeology of London and Middlesex and helping to monitor the state of historic buildings and monuments in Greater London.
  • London Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society was formed in 1978 to bring together those people living in the area, or whose ancestors lived in the area, who are interested in researching their family history wherever that might be found.
  • The Hendon and District Archaeological Society (HADAS) from their base at Stephens House, cover archaeology throughout the London Borough of Barnet. The Hadas Working Party actively conduct field walking, surveying and excavations and have a programme of outings and lectures throughout the year.

Local Archives and Museums

  • Barnet Local Studies Centre holds the records of the Borough of Barnet and its predecessors for the areas of Barnet, Edgware, Finchley Golders Green and Hendon.
  • London Metropolitan Archives London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority record office in the United Kingdom. It has 32 miles of archives covering a period of nearly 900 years.
  • Museum of London  (includes search facility for archaeological digs in London).
  • Octavia Hill Museum The Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum opened in December 1995 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire to commemorate and record the life and work of Octavia Hill, her family and those who continue her work.
  • The Stephens Collection aims to show aspects of the life of Henry Stephens, the history of the Stephens Ink Company, the history of Avenue House and the development of writing materials.

Books about Finchley

  • You can find a list of books about Finchley here.

Photographs of Finchley

Movies of Finchley

Songs about Finchley

  • Well, there aren’t many, but here is one from 1967, Finchley Central by The New Vaudeville Band


  • Wikipedia Finchley The section on Finchley in the online encyclopedia, to which you can contribute.