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 2020

Jan  9th        Musical Extravaganza Party                         Ann Chance

Jan 27th       Story of English Freedom                             Andy Thomas

Feb 6th         Sussex Lives                                                Brian Freeland

Feb 17th       British Wine                                                  Peter Fishenden

Mar 5th         Press Photography                                      John Fox

Mar 16th       From the Rockies to the Prairies                  Peter Hill

April 2nd        CANCELLED  British Alstroemeria, the UK Cut Flower Industry - Ben Cross 

April 20th      CANCELLED  Wild Life Photography - David Bailey 

Oct 1st         TBG 

Oct 19th       Andy Thomas  

Nov 5th        Mrs Kingshot

Nov16th       John Fox


Christmas tea on December 6th 2019 at Patcham Memorial Hall

New Year lunch on Saturday January 11th 2020 at The Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton


May 23rd     CANCELLED Leonardslea  and Standen NT

June 11th     Chichester Cathedral and Harbour cruise

June 19th     Kew Gardens

July 8th         Knole

July  29th     Chiswick  EH

Sept 20th    Singleton Downland Museum

Oct 13th      Winkworth Arboretum

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.