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 and at 7:30 pm on the third Monday of the month in the Training Centre at the Withdean Sports Centre.
The annual subscription is only £12 per person. For this members receive two newsletters a year containing full details of all that we have on offer.
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

A list of meetings for 2022    

Jan   Brian Freeland       50 years of Seaside Entertainment

Jan   David Bailey           Photos of Wild Life Wanderings

Feb   John Bowers         Crime and Punishment

Feb  Janet Pennington   History of the Small shop

Mar   Kathy Hall              Women in the National Gallery

Mar   Gilly Halcrow          SOE   Special Operations

Apr   Bill Mc Naught        Fireworks guns and Superguns

Apr  Ben Cross               Crossland  Flower Nursery  

Contact Carol Beard  01273 722164 or 0759 8944757


Get in touch

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

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 am also part of a team which arranges 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.