Rye and District Association

Fragrant blossoming roses adorn the facade of Smallhythe Place © National Trust

Fragrant blossoming roses adorn the facade of Smallhythe Place

The Rye & District Association was founded in 1980 as the Rye & Winchelsea Centre and adopted its new name in 2010. We have an active membership drawn from Rye and the surrounding area.

Our objectives are to promote the National Trust locally, raise funds in its support, and arrange a programme of events and activities for members' enjoyment and to further the National Trust’s work.

Among the properties we support are Smallhythe Place, where we have provided a copy of the original 1888 version of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' annotated by Ellen Terry; Scotney Castle, where we have framed the watercolours presented by the original artist, Sam Beazley; and Bateman's, the home of Rudyard Kipling, where we have contributed to the creation of a new wildlife area.

Membership is open to all National Trust members, affiliated organisations or holders of current National Trust Volunteer Cards. The annual fee is £8 per person or £13 per couple.

Some members also provide volunteer support for the National Trust, working as stewards at local properties.

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