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 205 members (April 2019) 

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
  • Winchelsea
  • Ightham Mote
  • Bateman's
  • Scotney Castle
  • Sheffield Park and Garden
  • White Cliffs

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. The annual fee is £6 per person or £4 for each additional person living 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.
Members of the Centre receive a membership card, which details the programme for the calendar year. 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. We also host an annual dinner at a local venue. 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 venue is currently at the Priory School, Mountfield Road, Lewes BN7 2XN  at 7:30pm. There is a charge of £2 for members and £4 for non-members.

Outings programme for Summer and Autumn 2019 is as below. We hope these details are of interest and will encourage you to join us.

July 9th,  Visit to Faversham and Belmont House and Gardens:  For applications please contact organiser robertcheesman@btinternet.com

August 14th,  Visit to RHS Gardens, Wisley: For applications please contact organiser rosemarypage@hotmail.co.uk

September 7th guided town walk and lunch at St Leonards.  For applications please contact organiser dbevans@hotmail.co.uk

Speaker Programme. Details of the programme is being finalised and will be issued soon

Thursday 12th March 2020 . A.G.M.


Get in touch

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