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.

Membership is open to members of the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and National Trust staff and volunteers.
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 gives donations to projects suggested by local properties, including those at:
  • Alfriston Clergy House
  • Ightham Mote
  • Monk’s House
  • Scotney Castle
  • Sheffield Park and Garden
  • Standen

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 such as National Trust properties and other houses and gardens; we generally include a trip to London and a day which includes a canal or river journey. We also arrange a lunch and a guided walk in a nearby town or village. Members can apply to come on an annual holiday within the United Kingdom. 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 and take place 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.
Here is our programme of forthcoming events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.

Forthcoming events include:

- Thursday 12 October 2017: Talk by William (Bill) McNaught on Samuel F. Cody (not the circus man) the first person to make and fly an aircraft in this country - humourous and great pictures and research.

- Thursday 9 November 2017: A talk and performance: 'The Darker shades of Sun Street' by Lewes Little Theatre and Folk Club members.

- Thursday 14 December 2017: Talk by Professor Philip Stott on the internationally renowned portrait painter John Singer Sargent who painted Elsie Palmer, the daughter of General Jackson Palmer, famous American railroad engineer and founder of Colorado Springs, and 'Queen' Palmer, who rented Ightham Mote fpr a brief period in the 19th Century.

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.