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)
- 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.
- Alfriston Clergy House
- Ightham Mote
- 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.
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.