Orpington and Chislehurst Centre
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The Orpington and Chislehurst Centre was founded in 1980 and currently has around 575 members. It is independent of the National Trust and governed by a constitution common to all the charity’s centres and associations. Our affairs are conducted by a committee of officers and members who are elected at our Annual General Meeting held in April each year.
Our objectives are to promote the National Trust locally, raise funds for its support, and arrange a programme of events and activities to enrich members’ understanding of its work.
At the AGM in April 2019 the Membership voted to allow mon-members of the National Trust to join our Centre. The decision was taken in an attempt to increase our Membership number that had fallen significantly in the previous 12 months.
In 2018 we had another busy and successful year and donated the final payment of £1,750 for the Shepherd's Hut (Caravan) at Chartwell, and £4,000 as the first payment for our current project, the Restoration of a painting of Mrs Woolf at Quebec House. The remaining £1,985 was paid in March 2019.
We are a friendly Centre and meet monthly at 8.00pm on the 4th Thursday (except December) at the Methodist Church, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, BR6 9JH plus afternoon lectures at 2.15pm most months at the Methodist Church, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst, BR7 5LX. The meetings include talks on a wide range of subjects and also allow members to socialise with like-minded people with tea and coffee available. Our ever popular lectures are well attended and this allows us to secure the services of good quality speakers, there is only a nominal fee charged for entrance to the lectures.
Our Fund Raising and Programme Committees arrange a series of events and outings and ensure our members have a wide variety of activities that are designed to suit all tastes. These include theatre trips and outings to places of common interest. There is a programme of Guided Walks for the energetic although they are aimed at a leisurely stroll of no more than a few miles.
In September about 35 members are going on a Centre Holiday to the Galway Area of Southern Ireland. At the end of November we are again arranging a long weekend 'Christmas Sparkle' in Bognor. In addition we have had a wide variety of Outings and Fund Raising events for the remainder of this year.
Each quarter we produce a Newsletter that is issued at the monthly meetings or delivered by Centre volunteers or posted. It includes reports on past events, details of forthcoming events and ticket arrangements. You will also find contact details of all our Committee Members.
We are always looking for new members and our memberships fees are £15 for a family and £10 for individuals. You can get more information, a copy of the latest Newsletter and a membership application form by emailing Bill Squires our Web Editor at email@example.com
Click on the link below to see our programme of 2019 events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.