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 600 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 non-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 2019 we had another busy and successful year and donated  the final payment of £1,985 for the Restoration of a painting of Mrs Woolf at Quebec House.  In addition we donated £6,200 to Emmetts Garden to provide 4 new benches in the Rose Garden and re-turf the Lawn.

We are a friendly Centre and meet monthly at 8.00pm on the 4th Thursday (except December).  The venue for 2020 is to be confirmed due to major building work  at  our normal venue. Please email william.h.p.squires@btinternet.com  for more information. We also have 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 2019 35 members went on a Centre Holiday to the Galway Area of Southern Ireland. At the end of November over 40 members went on a long weekend  'Christmas Sparkle' in Bognor. In 2020 we are planning a 6 day holiday to the Isle of Man, a short break to Blackpool and a short break in Norfolk to include 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 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 william.h.p.squires@btinternet.com

Click on the link below to see our programme of 2020 events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.

PLEASE NOTE OUR PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.  WE HOPE TO RESUME IN THE SUMMER. PLEASE CONTACT BILL SQUIRES AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Orpington & Chislehurst Centre 2020 Programme of Events (PDF / 0.0224609375MB) download

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