Milton Keynes Association
Make your National Trust membership more rewarding by joining your Local Association in Milton Keynes and enjoy a programme of Visits, Lectures, Holidays and Social events especially arranged for you by like-minded volunteers.
FOUNDED in October 1985, we are an affiliated, but independent body. Our aim is to support the work of the National Trust. We number one hundred and twenty members, locally and throughout North Bucks and beyond. Since our formation we have raised money to support National Trust projects, such as maintenance of buildings, improvement of grounds and provision of new equipment. 2020 was very special as it was the 125th birthday of the National Trust and 35 years since our local supporters’ group was founded. In 2021, we donated money to Claydon House to fund the development of the Claydon Reading Room.
WE MEET on the first Thursday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Oak Tree Centre, Wallinger Drive, Shenley Brook End, Milton Keynes MK5 7GZ. The Oak Tree Centre is a well ventilated, light and airy place, hand sanitation facilities are provided and the use of face masks is a personal choice. Ample free parking is available. Dates vary in December and January as the December lecture meeting is replaced by a social evening, we have a New Year Lunch at a local hotel in January, and there is usually no meeting in August. A variety of themes are the subject of lectures - usually illustrated - from art to buildings, collections, curios, gardens, and personalities. Audiences usually number about fifty to seventy, providing a perfect opportunity to make new friends. Milton Keynes Association Visits and Holidays 2021-2022 V3 (PDF / 0.1MB) download
VISITS AND HOLIDAYS also feature in the programme. A number of day outings by coach to National Trust properties and other places of special interest are arranged every year. During 2018 to 2019 visits included a Stoke Bruerne cruise, Wrest Park and the Garden of Eden, Chiswick House and Ham House, Delapré Abbey Northampton, Lydiard Park and Burford, Houghton Mill and Hemingford Grey Manor Huntingdon, and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Hindu Temple) and Little India (Neasden). A short 5-day holiday in Lancashire, Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal was organised. Occasionally, visits are made to properties not generally open to the public. Due to the pandemic we have had no travel in 2020 and part of 2021. We recently visited Warwick and Hidcote Garden in September.:Milton Keynes Association Lectures and Social 2021-2022 V3 (PDF / 0.1MB) download
MEMBERSHIP of the Association, which is now open to all members of the public, whether members of the of the National Trust or not, is by annual subscription for the year commencing 1st September.
WE PRODUCE 4 newsletters a year which include reports of recent day trips and holidays and details of upcoming trips and events. We have 3 social occasions each year - a New Year Lunch, a Summer Lunch or Afternoon Tea, and a Christmas Social.
When oversubscribed places are allocated by a ‘draw’. Hopefully, this has aroused your interest and we can look forward to welcoming you to our Association.
SUBSCRIPTION rates for September 2021-22 are a special half-price offer of £7.50 for the first member and £6.50 for each additional person at the same address. An entry fee of £2.00 is charged at each lecture meeting, and refreshment are available for an extra small charge.. Guests are most welcome to attend at £4.00 each.
If you would like to join please complete the application form Milton Keynes Association Application Form 2021-2022 (PDF / 0.0615234375MB) download and enclose it with your cheque made payable to "MKNTA", together with s.a.e. and send to:
16 Jupiter House, Hindhead Knoll, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes, MK7 7FH
Telephone 01908 388379