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 720 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 2016 we had another busy and successful year and donated a total of £3000 to the National Appeal, Churchill's Chartwell and £160 to plant an English Oak tree on the Petts Wood and Hawkwood Estate to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday.

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 Fundraising 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 2016 around 100 Centre members enjoyed short breaks in Staffordshire and around 35 members had 10 days touring Vienna, Budapest and Prague. In addition we had a wide variety of Outings, Lectures and Fund Raising events.

Each quarter we produce a Newsletter that is mainly  delivered by Centre volunteers to save on postage costs.  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 £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 2017 events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.

Date

Type of event

Subject

4 January

Social

KINKY BOOTS THEATRE TRIP

26 January

Lecture

RIVER THAMES

4 February

Social

SCOTTISH THEMED EVENING

9 February

Lecture

WHITEFRIARS GLASS

15 February

Outing

REMEMBERING 1916

23 February

Lecture

CHILD'S LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

9 March

Lecture

LIVERY COMPANIES OF LONDON

14 March

Outing

BRITISH SCHOOLS MUSUEM

23 March

Social

MASSED BANDS OF THE ROYAL MARINES

30 March

Lecture

TOUR OF NEW ENGLAND USA

4 April

Outing

LEISURELY DAY OUT

11 April

Outing

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PLAY JAMES BOND

13 April

Lecture

LIFE OF DOUGLAS MACMILLAN

25 April

Outing

CHELSEA SQUARES WALK

26 April

Outing

SUFFOLK COASTAL TOUR

27 April

Lecture

AGM & FINGERPRINTING

11 May

Lecture

THE LAZY GARDENER

17 May

Outing

KNEBWORTH

23 May

Outing

MAGIC CIRCLE VISIT

25 May

Lecture

NAME DROPPING

June (TBC)

Short Break

NORTH WALES

8 June

Lecture

LOST DAYS OF MUSIC HALL & VARIETY

June (TBC)

Outing

BRIGHTON & FIRLE PLACE

15 June

Outing

ST PAULS CATHEDRAL

22 June

Lecture

LIFE OF THE JAPANESE WOMAN

6 July

Outing

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW

13 July

Lecture

A WEALDEN WOMANS WAR

22 July

Social

GARDEN PARTY & BBQ

27 July

Lecture

LIVING WITH GHOSTS

29 July

Social

GREYHOUND RACING AT CRAYFORD STADIUM

July (TBC)

Outing

BOAT TRIP

5 August

Social

SUMMER DINNER AT THE WEST KENT GOLF CLUB

August (TBC)

Outing

CLIVEDEN

August (TBC)

Holiday

CENTRE HOLIDAY

24 August

Lecture

HISTORY OF BAGPIPES

Sept (TBC)

Short Break

NORTH WALES

14 Sept

Lecture

LOST RIVERS OF LONDON

24 Sept

Social

CAR TREASURE HUNT

28 Sept

Lecture

MOTOCYCLE ACROSS RAJESTHAN

Oct (TBC)

Outing

PUGIN AT RAMSGATE

Oct (TBC)

Outing

LEISURELY DAY OUT

12 October

Lecture

TEN OR MORE FAMOUS BELGIANS

14 October

Social

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING

26 October

Lecture

JAMES BOND A BRITISH HERO

9 November

Lecture

GUNPOWDER PLOT

23 November

Lecture

THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR

25 November

Social

THUSFORD CHRISTMAS SHOW

8 December

Social

CAROL CONCERT

14 December

Lecture

CHRISTMAS HUMOUR

15 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 or our Membership Secretary Judy Jones.