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


5 October 2017: ‘Seavacs’ by Trevor Cox, 2.30pm

The story of the evacuation of British children overseas in WWII, including the tragic loss of one of the ships ‘The City of Benares’. Many people may not know just how many children were sent abroad at the start of the war.

Please note this talk will be at The Patcham Memorial Hall, 3 Old London Road, Brighton BN1 8XR

16 October 2017: ‘Phonographs’ by Dave Homewood, 7.30pm

See and hear the sounds of the past on original and wind up machines. Many original machines will be on display

2 November 2017: ‘History in Comic Verse’ by Geoff Hutchinson, 2.30pm

A good laugh guaranteed, from 1066 to the internet, the words of the great and not so great!

20 November 2017: ‘A Pictorial Walk around Hove’, 2.30pm

An illustrated walk around Hove past and present, including many seldom seen photos and ancient place names.


15 June 2017: Mottisfont and Hinton Ampner

Mottisfont is an 18th century house built around a medieval manor which became a mecca for artists in the 1930s. The national collection of Old-fashioned roses should be in bloom. Hinton Ampner was built in the Georgian style in the 1960s housing interesting collections and has extensive gardens.

13 July 2017: Petworth House

It’s always worth a visit with one of the largest private art collections in the country and grounds with Capability Brown landscapes. The day will conclude with a cream tea in Midhurst

28 September 2017: Fishbourne Roman Palace and Chichester.

After a visit to Fishbourne, the residence of a high ranking Roman official with splendid mosaics, we go to Chichester for lunch with free time afterwards to explore the Cathedral and the CityMuseum, recently upgraded

Contact Carol Beard on 01273 501963, for more information

Christmas Tea

A convivial tea at the Patcham Memorial Hall, 3 Old London Road, Brighton with a light hearted talk by well-known local speaker Mark Perry Nash

Contact Jenny Smith on 01273 556516

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