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 270 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 £16,587 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 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 -  to June 2018

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

Summer Coach Outings 2018

Eight outings have been arranged in 2018. Coach pickups for each outing will be at Civic Way, Burgess Hill at 8 am, Beech Hurst, Haywards Heath at 8.15am and Whitemans Green, Cuckfield at 8.30am. The coach will seat up to 51 people. The outings and costs are listed below.

Thursday 19th April - Syon Park £28 per person inclusive of a tour of the house. 

Tuesday 1st May - Broadway and Sezincote House £32 per person inclusive of entry into Sezincote.

Tuesday 15th May -  Chichester and Stansted Park £25 per person or £17 if a member of the HHA inclusive of entry to Stansted Park.

Thursday 21st June - Battle and Bayham Abbey £17 per person  

Thursday 12th July - Hall Place and Red House £23 per person inclusive of entry to Hall Place.

Friday 20th July - Polesden Lacy and Leith Hill Place £22 per person

Thursday 9th August -  Sandwich £20 per person, visit Sandwich at your leisure. 

Thursday 23rd August - Portsmouth £18 per person, visit Portsmouth at your leisure.
Contact – Michael Godfrey 01444 236955

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