Lewes Centre

 Visitors looking at the moat at Scotney Castle, Kent.

The Lewes Centre, founded in 1982, has an active membership living in Lewes, Kingston, Ringmer and surrounding areas.

Following the resolution passed at our AGM in March 2018 membership of the Lewes Centre is open to all and it is no longer a requirement to be a member of the National Trust, or the National Trust for Scotland. We currently have around 210 members 

Our objectives are:
  • to promote and prosper the work of the Trust and in particular in the geographical area within reach of Lewes
  • to promote social activities to make membership of the Trust more enjoyable.
The Centre has a good record of supporting NT Property projects by way of annual donations. Recent donations have been to  those at:
  • Monk's House
  • Birling Gap
  • Ightham Mote
  • Bateman's
  • Scotney Castle
  • Sheffield Park and Garden
  • Saddlescombe
  • Nymans

Many of our members are room guides at some of these properties, and we also support national appeals. 

Membership of the Lewes Centre gives you the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests in the world of heritage.  We hope you will want to join the Lewes Centre. With effect from October 2019 the annual fee applicable for the year 2020 is now £8 per person and £5 for each additional person at the same address. A Centre newsletter is published twice a year in which we try to keep members up-to-date with developments in local National Trust properties and other matters of general interest.
During the winter we arrange a monthly talk with a variety of topics being considered, some with and some without National Trust content.

During the summer months we organise day visits to places of interest both National Trust properties as well as other houses and gardens. Departure points for all our coach outings are in Lewes and in Ringmer.

The winter lectures are held on the second Thursday of each month. Our new winter venue is Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ringmer, Lewes BN8 5QH at 2.00pm. There is a charge of £2 for members and £5 for non-members.

Speaker Programme.

The Winter talks for 2020 are as follows:

January 9th 2020    “Sussex Plantsman’s Gardens 1860-1930” A talk by Dr Sue Berry

February 13th 2020  “Sussex Wildlife”  Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust is welcomed back after his inspired talk in 2015.

Thursday 12th March 2020 . A.G.M. followed by a talk on National Trust Regional matters by Richard Henderson, Assistant Director, Operations, London and SE Region.

We hope these details are of interest and will encourage you to join us.

Get in touch

To find out more and to join the Lewes Centre, please contact Mrs Denise Bowker on 01273 812137; she would be delighted to hear from you.