Milton Keynes Association

Dog walking at Stowe, Buckinghamshire.

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 nearly two hundred 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 is very special as it is the 125th birthday of the National Trust and 35 years since our local supporters’ group was founded.”

WE MEET at 7.30pm in the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, Alston Drive, Milton Keynes MK13 9AP, on the second Wednesday of the month. 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 sixty to eighty, providing a perfect opportunity to make new friends.  Here is our lecture programme : Milton Keynes Association Lecture Programme 2019-2020 (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, the Tower of London, the Romantic Cotswolds, 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.  Here is our Visits and Holiday programme:Milton Keynes Association Visits and Holidays 2019-2020 (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.  When joining after 31st May, renewal that year is not required, though you are asked to send a sae for your new programme/membership card.

We produce 4 newsletters a year which include reports of recent day trips and holidays and details of upcoming trips and events.   We have arranged trips to Duxford, Chartwell, Farnborough Hall, Clandon Park and Hatchlands, and to Leamington Spa including a visit to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Centre.  There is also a holiday to Somerset in early June 2020.  We have 3 social occasions each year  -  a New Year Lunch, a Summer Lunch or Afternoon Tea, and a Christmas Social with entertainment held in the Cruck Barn.

On February 12th we have a lecture on the Romanovs by Caroline de Ghitaut, and on March 11th a talk on the island of Malta by Major David Squibb of the Salvation Army, followed by an evening of films with relevance to the National Trust on April 8th.

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 2019 onwards are  £15.00 for the first member and £12.00 for each additional person at the same address. An entry fee of £3.00 is charged at each lecture meeting, and this normally includes tea/coffee and biscuit. Guests are most welcome to attend at £5.00 each

If you would like to join please complete the application form Milton Keynes NT Association Application Form 2019 (PDF / 0MB) download  and enclose it with your cheque made payable to "MKNTA", together with s.a.e. and send to: 

Mrs. A. Tyler,  Membership Secretary   MKNTA

56 Mortons Fork, Blue Bridge, Milton Keynes MK13 0LA.. 

Telephone 01908 314151

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