North Sussex Centre

Visitors beneath the Louis Laguerre ceiling painting of Pandora's box, on the Grand Staircase at Petworth House, West Sussex.

The North Sussex Centre of the National Trust was formed in 1978 and draws its membership from Horsham, Crawley and surrounding areas.

The North Sussex Centre is run voluntarily by members and its aim is to enable members to enjoy a varied programme of activities and to meet other people with similar interests. It also provides opportunities for members to support the National Trust through fund raising for local properties.
The Centre organises a series of afternoon lectures at Wesley (formerly Methodist) Hall, London Road, Horsham, during the autumn and winter months and coach outings to places of interest are organised, mainly in the summer months.  Other social and fund raising events and holidays are also arranged, including Christmas and Spring lunch events, a Summer tea and Bridge Drive.
You may join the Centre if you are not a National Trust Member.
Our series of monthly lectures are held on Thursday afternoons at the Wesley Hall, London Road, Horsham.   Lectures run from September to April and begin at 2.30pm, with the exception of our AGM, which begins at 2.15pm, and is followed by the monthly lecture.   There is a refreshments interval during the lecture and the audience may also buy items from our Sales Table of donated items.
Outings and holidays have coach boarding points in Horsham and Crawley.   Transport can usually be provided in members’ cars for lunches and other events held outside Horsham and Crawley.
The annual membership fee is now £15 per member and includes entry to all lectures.   Visitors pay £5.00 per lecture.
Members are posted a Newsletter three times a year giving details of forthcoming activities and reports on events which have taken place.
Below is our programme for forthcoming events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.
  • 3 December 2015 - Lecture-  A Musical Trip down Memory Lane   (Music for Everyone)
  • 7 January 2016 - Early 2016 Outing  - Museum of London, DOCKLANDS – West India Quay
  • 14 January 2016 - Lecture - Lancing College and its Local History
  • 11 February 2016 - Lecture - Slow Boat to China
  • 25 February 2016 - Spring Lunch  - Crawley College Restaurant
  • 10 March 2016 - AGM / Lecture - NT Speaker: To be announced
  • 14 April 2016 - Lecture - California Dreaming
  • 12 - 16 May 2016 – Holiday - Five day break with visits West Midlands, based at Stourport Manor Hotel
  • 19 May 2016-  Bridge Drive - Mannings Heath Village Hall
  • 1 June 2016 - Summer Outing  - Uppark
  • 1 September 2016 - Summer Afternoon Tea - Ightham Mote

Getting in touch with us:

To find out about joining us, please contact Jeremy Balaam on 01403 730162 or email at: