Darent Cray National Trust Association

The house at Ightham Mote is reflected in the moat from the south west, showing the stone tower and mock Tudor facade on the south face.

Formed in 1981 the Darent Cray National Trust Association gives National Trust members in the area an opportunity to be more closely associated with the work of the National Trust and to raise money for specific projects.

The Darent Cray Association works closely with, and has made donations to, sites at St. John's Jerusalem, Emmetts Garden, The Red House, Ightham Mote, Knole House and may soon be providing stewards for the Mausoleum at Cobham.
 
Members are drawn from the North West Kent, Dartford and Bexley areas.  Meetings are held regularly every month at St. John Fisher Hall, Bexley.  We pride ourselves on having a very happy and friendly Association.  New members will receive a very warm welcome.
 
The Association has a very varied programme, with something for everyone, including weekend breaks, daytime outings, theatre trips, monthly walks and lectures.  We also run occasional quiz nights, holidays, picnics and an annual Christmas lunch.  Membership is open to National Trust members or people who hold a current National Trust Volunteer Card.  From 1st April 2016 the subscription will be £5 per annum for an individual member and £8.00 for two members living at the same address (current subscription rates are £4.50 and £7.00 respectively).
 
Meetings are held every month at St. John Fisher Hall, Bexley and speakers are booked to talk on a variety of subjects.  Admission to talks is £2.00 for Association members and £2.50 for non-members.
 
We have an active walking group.  Walks are normally held on a Sunday, at least once a month.  Most walks are fairly local, with a few starting further into Kent.  Others may take us into Greater London or to places of interest in Central London.  Distances vary from 2½ miles to 7 miles.  A voluntary contribution of £2.00 per person is collected at the end of each walk and the money collected is currently going to the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign.
 
Association organised long weekend breaks have been very popular with our members and we hope we will be able to continue to include these in our programme in future years.  A long weekend walking holiday can sometimes be arranged.
 
If you would like to find out more please contact our membership secretary, Norman Jerome, tel: 01474 705402 or email: thejeromes@hotmail.co.uk
 
For further information about the Darent Cray National Trust Association and the latest information on our programme of events, please see our website at http://darentcraynta.btck.co.uk