Eastbourne Association

Visitors by the pond in the garden at Bateman's, East Sussex.

The Eastbourne Association was originally part of an earlier National Trust group. It began its independent life as the Seven Sisters Centre in 1972 and adopted its present name in 2005.

We welcome new members. Current members of the National Trust and affiliated organisations, and National Trust volunteers are all eligible.

Most members live in Eastbourne and the surrounding districts.

We usually support local National Trust properties including Alfriston Clergy House, Birling Gap and Bateman’s. We have donated £3,500 for the re-thatching of the Clergy House. In the last 3 years we have donated £5,000 to the Trust. 

In the spring and summer, outings are arranged (usually by coach with pick-up points). There is also a programme of walks. We also arrange talks and other social events, including lunches, at various times of the year.

Meet a member

Hello, my name is Pat Hodgson. My husband and I have been members of the National Trust since 1990 when we lived in London. In 2000 we moved to Eastbourne and found out about our local National Trust group, The Eastbourne Association and joined in 2001. After I retired in 2006 I wanted to be more involved and volunteered to join the committee. I became the Membership Secretary in 2007 and continue in this role.

My husband Ian and I support all the groups activities such as coffee mornings, monthly talks, coach outings, fundraising events and network meetings

We visit local properties such as Sheffield Park, Birling Gap, Batemans,Standen, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle, just to mention a few.

My favourite thing about the National Trust is visiting these wonderful houses and learning about their history and the families who lived there. The guided tours are excellent, and the gardens are a delight to explore, and stimulate my interest in rare and unusual plants.

For more information, please contact Mrs Pam Hodgson on 01323 639415 or email hodgson.i1@talk21.com

Visitors in the laurel maze at Glendurgan Garden

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