Brighton and Hove Association

Visitors in the gardens at Nymans, West Sussex.

Brighton and Hove Association was founded in 1972 to promote the National Trust locally. It also raises funds for its support, whilst arranging an enjoyable programme of social events and activities for members.

Brighton & Hove Association warmly welcomes new members.  Membership is open to all supporters of the National Trust and is predominantly drawn from Brighton and Hove.

During the winter we have meetings twice a month with interesting talks on offer, plus a number of social events including a Spring Lunch, Christmas Tea and a New Year Lunch. In the summer, we arrange outings to National Trust properties and other places of interest.

Why not join us? It's an enjoyable and interesting way to meet like-minded people, make new friends and at the same time support the National Trust.  We'd like to meet you.  Among the National Trust properties, we support are the local properties of Devil’s DykeSaddlescombe Farm, and Nymans Garden. In the last 3 years, our Association has raised £12,475 to support local Trust properties and projects. 

We hold speaker meetings from October to April at 2:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month at The Ajex Centre,  Eaton Road, Hove and at 7:30 pm on the third Monday of the month at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove.
The annual subscription is only £10 per person. For this members receive two newsletters a year containing full details of all that we have on offer.
Meet a supporter
Hello, my name is Carol. I became a member of  the supporter group at Brighton and Hove National Trust Association because it gave me  personal  involvement in the raising of funds for the National Trust. So often we think "what a good cause" but don't get round to doing anything about it.

I organise the annual holiday for the group, where we add on £5 to what each member pays as a donation to the Trust. I also arrange the speakers for our bi monthly meetings and with another member, arrange the four outings we do each year.

As Nymans is our nearest National Trust property, I go there more than any other place. But we also have three or four National Trust properties on our outings and on the holiday each year. The holiday ones can be anywhere in the country.

My favourite thing about the National Trust is that it preserves many wonderful stately homes for future generations and assists wildlife by maintaining areas of great natural beauty and importance - ensuring that they are there for all of us to enjoy.

You can join in with any or all of our events. There are coach outings to places of interest, meetings with speakers covering a multitude of topics during the winter and many other social events.
All of our events offer opportunities to meet new people. Do come and join us, and be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.
What's on
Programme of events January - April 2018

11 January 2018, 2.30pm at the Ajex Centre

Antiques Roadshow expert John Benjamin will give a talk on Faberge. This will be a special event and we particularly welcome visitors

22 January 2018,  7.30pm at BHASVIC

Sketches of Brighton 1827 by Suzanne Hinton. In 1827 a French nobleman came to Brighton for the very first time. Suzanne relates some of his experiences and thoughts

1 February 2018,  2.30pm at the Ajex Centre

Wild Britain by Nigel Choat. A journey from the Channel Isles to Scotland looking at beautiful landscapes, birds and animals on the way

19 February 2018, 7.30pm at BHASVIC

Bizarre Brighton. Chris Horlock will tell of weird and extremely strange aspects of Brighton’s history

8 March 2018,  2.30pm at the Ajex Centre

Windsor Castle by Leslie Grout. The history of one of our most famous and important buildings

19 March  2018,  7.30pm at BHASVIC

The Capable Mr Brown by Russell Bowes. Many things we did not know about Capability Brown

5 April 2018, 2.30pm at the Ajex Centre

A harp recital by Margaret Watson.  Renowned Sussex harpist Margaret has played for Royalty and many other distinguished audiences, and now she plays for us.

16 April 2018, 7.30pm at BHASVIC

Murders and Misdemeanours in Brighton. Paul Green tells us about some of the more shady aspects of Brighton’s past


New Year Lunch  - 13 January 2018

We are holding a New Year Lunch at the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton on 13 January. There’s a choice of food for each of three courses, with coffee to follow. Clare Lanes, National Trust Project Manager for the Changing Chalk project on the South Downs will give a short talk

Contact Jenny Smith on 01273 556516

We shall be arranging a full programme of outings for the summer. More details to follow.

Get in touch

We hope it will encourage you to join us. Our membership secretary, Elizabeth Raynar-Smith will be delighted to hear from you on 01273 562404 or email