Orpington and Chislehurst Centre
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The Orpington and Chislehurst Centre was founded in 1980 and currently has around 440 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 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.
Non-members of the National Trust are welcome to join our Centre.
Following Covid-19restrictions the Centre has now resumed its activities and looks forward to an almost full programme in 2022. We introduced lectures via Zoom in February 2021 and they proved popular with our members.We have decided to hold 4 lectures via Zoom each year to allow those members not able to travel to the Face to Face meetings the opportunity to enjoy a lecture.
Despite the financial impact of Covid-19 we fulfilled our commitment to Chartwell to fund the purchase of 3 new Black Swans.
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. We also have afternoon lectures at 2.00pm 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, allowing us to secure the services of good quality speakers,and there is only a nominal fee charged for entrance to the lectures.
Our Events Committee arrange a series of lectures, day trips, short breaks, UK/foreign holidays and social events to ensure our members have a wide variety of activities that are designed to suit all tastes. There is also 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 2021, 33 members went on a Centre Holiday to the Isle of Man.In December 35 members had a three day break in Norfolk that included the Thursford Christmas Show.
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 membership fees are £15 for a family and £10 for individuals. Ou Membership Year is 1 January - 31 December.
You can get more information, including our Lecture and Social Events Programmes, a copy of the latest Newsletter and a Membership Application Form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org