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

Speakers for 2018 are as follows

October 4th         The History of Brighton's Trams by Ian Gledhill                

October 15th       Where do I come from?  I don''t Know Anymore by Dorit Oliver- Wolf.    

November 1st     Put that Light Out by Imogen Corrigan                   

November 12th   Hove Role of Honour for the Great War by Trevor Cox

Speakers for 2019 are as follows

January 10th        War on a Postcard by Roger Mayhew

January 28th        The Titanic by Rob Goldsmith

February 7th         Crop Circle Mystery by Andy Thomas

February 11th       Brighton Station by Jackie Marsh Hobbs

March 7th             Countryside and Policy by Vickie Lawrence and Nick Heasman

March  18th          Playing the Flute by Rachel Smith

April 4th                History of the Tower of London by Alan Kingshott

April 15th              The Women of India by Brian Freeland


2018/19 Events

October 11th                     Coffee Morning at the Patcham Memorial Hall

December 6th                    Christmas Tea at the Patcham Memorial Hall

January 19th 2019             New Year Lunch at the Royal Albion Hotel

Contact Jenny Smith on 01273 556516


4 September

We go to Winchester and The Vyne. a Trust property in Hampshire which has recently undergone very extensive restoration. The house has illustrious associations, from Jane Austen to JRR Tol-kien, while outside are gardens, meadows and woods rich in wildlife.  The coach leaves Hove Town Hall at 8.45am and Patcham at 9.15.

Contact Carol Beard  01273 501963 or 0759 8944757

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

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.