Mid Sussex Association

Colourful summer borders in the gardens at Nymans, West Sussex.

The Mid Sussex Association of the National Trust was founded in 1976 and has nearly 300 members. It covers a large area focusing on the towns of Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and surrounding villages. Membership is open to both National Trust members and volunteers and non members who support the aims of the Trust.

The group was set up to promote the National Trust locally and raise funds to support local National Trust properties. Annual donations are made to properties and recent contributions have been made to Nymans, Sheffield Park, Standen, Batemans and Saddlescombe Farm. In the last 3 years we have raised £9,438 for the Trust. 

What we do

We arrange an interesting programme of talks during the winter season, outings during the summer and other social activities such as coffee mornings, a summer holiday and guided walks in the grounds of local properties.

Talks cover a wide range of subjects and the outings include trips to National Trust properties and other places of interest:

Talks Programme -  September 2017 to June 2018

Thursday 21 September 2017 at 2.30pm: ‘Resorting to the Coast – Sussex Seaside History’ by Dr Geoffrey Mead

Thursday 12 October 2017 at 2.30pm: ‘A Tour of Northern Tunisia' by Janet Parsons

Thursday 9 November 2017 at 2.30pm: AGM followed by short talks by speakers from local National Trust properties

Thursday afternoon 7 December 2017 at 2.30pm: 40th Anniversary Celebration Tea – £5 admission

Thursday 11 January 2018 at 2.30pm: ‘Secrets of the Royal Pavilion’ by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Thursday 8 February 2018 at 2.30pm: ‘The Beat Goes On’ by Neil Sadler

Thursday 8 March 2018 at 2.30pm: ‘Georgian London’ by Ian Bevan

Thursday 12 April 2018 at 2.30pm: ‘The Pre Raphaelites’ by Jackie Parry

Thursday 10 May 2018 at 2.30pm: The History of Scotney Castle and its Families’ by Ray Shayler

Thursday afternoon 14 June 2018 at 2.30pm: ‘Portrait of a Victorian Garden – James Bateman and the story of Biddulph Grange’ by Russell Bowes

All meetings are held in the Main Hall at:

Clair Hall,Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN

Telephone 01444 455440

Teas and coffees 50p - please buy on arrival. 

Raffle and sales of books and jigsaws at each meeting.

ADMISSION PRICES Members £3.00, Non Members £5.00

Members may buy season tickets for the talks at a cost of £21.00

40th Anniversary Celebration Tea £5.00

Season Tickets Available from the Hon Membership Secretary: Anne Tucker, 117 Western Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3LW or Tel 01444 455803


Wednesday 10 May 2017 - A Jane Austen day with a morning visit to Jane’s House Museum at Chawton in Hampshire followed by lunch in Alresford, finishing with a steam railway trip on the Watercress Line to Alton.

Tuesday 20 June 2017 - A return visit to Saltwood Castle, Hythe in Kent to hear Jane Clark’s engaging ramblings on life with her philandering husband and his parents, and to view the magnificent Art Collection they built up together. This will be followed by one of Jane’s scrumptious home baked teas. The morning will be spent in the ancient Cinque Port of Hythe. Limited to 18 people.

Wednesday 12 July 2017 - A visit to Bleak House in Broadstairs, where Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield. This will be followed by lunch in Sandwich. There will be an afternoon visit to the garden of Salutation created by Gertrude Jekyll for Sir Edwin Lutyens. We will be shown around by the head gardener.

Wednesday 26 July 2017 - A day visit to Osterley House and Park at Isleworth. 

Tuesday 15 August 2017 - Visits to Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park followed by Mapledurham House and Watermill close to Reading.

Meet a member

Hello, my name is Anne Tucker and I have been a member of the Mid Sussex Association for 4 years now. I saw a small notice about a meeting of this group in a local magazine.  I had just retired and was looking for something to do.  I am a longstanding member of the National Trust and have a keen interest in history, gardening, wildlife and the built environment, I though this group would be of interest to me, and I was not wrong! 

I am the membership secretary for the group.  This involves dealing with new members and renewals every year, and managing the database of members. I send out the group magazine three times a year and help to get publicity for our organisation. I attend the local meetings and I help with fundraising events.

I visit Nymans and Sheffield Park most often, but I also enjoy visiting the properties and countryside areas on the South Downs and on the coast. My favourite thing about the National Trust is the range of properties that people can visit, from small cottages like Alfriston Clergy House to grand houses like Petworth; with all the lovely walking areas that are available.

Get in touch

Our Association is now open all people who support the aims of the National Trust, you do not have to be a member of the National Trust.

If you'd like to join, please contact Anne Tucker on

Telephone 01444 455803
Email anne.tucker.is@gmail.com