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 (July 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
  • Ightham Mote
  • Bateman's
  • Scotney Castle
  • Sheffield Park and Garden
  • White Cliffs, Dover

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 will be £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. We also host an annual lunch or dinner. 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 £5 for non-members.

The remaining Outings programme for Summer and Autumn 2019 is as below. 

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

Speaker Programme.

The Autumn talks for 2019 are as follows:

October 10th 2019    “John Every’s Phoenix Ironworks, Lewes” A talk by John Blackwell, Chairman Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society

November 14th 2019     “The Ouse Valley – its past life and times”. Talk by Ian Everest illustrated using old photographs and cine film to offer a glimpse of some of the less well-known aspects of life in the Ouse valley between Lewes and the sea.

December 12th 2019  “So you think you know Lewes” A light hearted seasonal jaunt lead by Bob Cairns, a member of the Lewes History Group, using his extensive collection of historic postcards to test our local knowledge .

Thursday 12th March 2020 . A.G.M.

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 or email; she would be delighted to hear from you.