Orpington and Chislehurst Centre

Visitors exploring the interior of Ightham Mote, Kent.

Interested in making the most of the National Trust near you? Join your local group to enjoy special interest talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events. You’ll also be helping a great cause – local groups support the work of the charity and raise hundreds of thousands of pounds every year for our conservation and access projects around the country.

The Orpington and Chislehurst Centre was founded in 1980 and currently has around 740 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.
 
In 2017 we had another busy and successful year and donated £5.000 towards the  purchase of a Shepherd's Hut (Caravan) at  Chartwell, we will fund the remaining £1,750 during the early part of 2018.

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.

During 2017 around 40 Centre members enjoyed a short break in North Wales. In addition we had a wide variety of Outings, Lectures and Fund Raising events. In 2018 we are planning short breaks in Liverpool and Exmouth.

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 currently £10 for a family and £6 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 william.h.p.squires@btinternet.com

Here is our programme of 2018 events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.

25 January - Lecture FROM NELL GWYNNE TO WILLY WONKA
31 January - Social 42nd STREET THEATRE TRIP
8 February - Lecture 60'S FASHION
10 February - Social SCOTTISH THEMED EVENING
22 February - Lecture PROTECTION OFFICER TO THE QUEEN
8 March - Lecture HISTORY OF CYCLING
9 March - Social MASSED BANDS OF THE ROYAL MARINES
22 March - Lecture BIG CATS SANCTUARY
29 March-  Social St PAUL's CATHEDRAL
March (TBC) - Outing TBC
12 April - Lecture SUMMER FLOWERS IN LONDON
24 April - Outing SUFFOLK COASTAL TOUR
26 April - Lecture AGM & FHISTORY OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
28 April - Social FILMED RACE NIGHT
10 May - Lecture MONSTERS IN YOUR MIDST
15 May - Outing CHELSEA SQUARES WALK
May (TBC)-  Outing LEISURELEY DAY OUT
24 May - Lecture JAPANESE THEATRE
25-29 May - Short Break LIVERPOOL
14 June - Lecture THE BARROW TRUST
June (TBC) - Outing BROADSTAIRS
28 June - Lecture MEDITERRANEAN MELODIES
30 June - Social GARDEN PARTY & BARBEQUE
12 July - Lecture GARDENS OF IMPRESSIONISM
July (TBC) - Outing BOAT TRIP
26 July - Lecture YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT BUT.....
28 July - Social GREYHOUND RACING AT CRAYFORD STADIUM
11 August - Social SUMMER DINNER AT THE WEST KENT GOLF CLUB
August (TBC) - Outing NEWMARKET
23 August  - Lecture THE GREAT STORM AND HOW IT CHANGED MY LIFE
September (TBC) - Short Break EXMOUTH
13 September - Lecture MRS BEATON'S SUMMER PICNICS
16 September - Social CAR TREASURE HUNT
25 September - Outing TRANSPORT MUSEUM
27 September - Lecture ISLES OF SCILLY
October  (TBC) - Outing BIG CAT SANCTUARY
October  (TBC) - Outing LEISURELY DAY OUT
11 October - Lecture SMUGGLING
13 October - Social MIKE TURNER CUP QUIZ
25 October - Lecture LEWES AND BONFIRE NIGHT
8 November - Lecture WANDERING IN FLANDERS FIELDS
22 November - Lecture TOUR OF FRANCE BY TRAIN
November (TBC)-  Outing TBC
December (TBC) - Social CAROL CONCERT
13 December - Lecture MAGIC OF THE MOVIES
14 December - Social CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT WEST KENT GOLF CLUB

Get in touch
For more information on the Orpington and Chislehurst Centre, please contact our Web Editor Bill Squires at william.h.p.squires@btinternet.com  or our Membership Secretary Miss Judy Jones at jonesemj9@aol.com