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 (Sept. 2018) 

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:
  • Alfriston Clergy House
  • 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 continue to offer an annual holiday within the United Kingdom. In addition 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.

Our  programme of forthcoming events for Autumn 2018 and Winter 2019 is as below.  We hope it will encourage you to join us.

Thursday 11 October 2018: Talk by Kevin Gordon  titled “Sussex graves and gravestones”. A lighthearted talk about our local churchyards.

Thursday 8 November 2018: Talk by Sylvia Argyle titled “Art Matters –Forgery and Forgers” – an insight into the world of the forger.

Wednesday 5th December 2018 (Note day and date change from previous publications) – A talk by Graham Festenstein, Festival Director of the “Lighting up Lewes Festival of Light”.  Our usual Christmas raffle and mince pies will add to the enjoyment.

Thursday 10th January 2019: Ian Gledhill will talk to us about Crystal Palace originally designed by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and dominating the south London skyline for over 80 years until its tragic destruction by fire in 1936.

Thursday 14th February 2019 Dr Michael Rice (local GP (rtd) at Ringmer) will talk about his 2 year experience with the Antarctic Expedition of the 1960’s.

Thursday 7th March 2019 (please also note date change). A.G.M. followed by a short talk about the Bee Project at Bateman's and followed by a talk by Jane Irons, Art Historian, on Landscape Artists of Sussex.


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.