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 460 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.

Non-members of the National Trust are welcome to join our Centre. 

Due to Covid-19 restriction the Centre effectively closed in March 2020 but re-opened for Lectures via Zoom in February 2021. They proved popular with our members and will continue until the end of 2021.  We have 4 Lectures via Zoom planned for 2022 to allow those members not able to travel to the Face to Face letures  the opportunity to enjoy a lecture. 

Despite the severe financial impact of Covid-19 in 2020 we fulfilled our commitment to Chartwell to fund the restoration of the Butterfly House and Mary Cot at a cost of £5,000.

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 have afternoon lectures at 2.00pm most months at the Methodist Church, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst, BR7 5LX. We also have lectures via Zoom to give our members who are not able to travel to Face to Face Lectures the opportunity to enjoy a lecture.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 Events Committees 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, a holiday that was deferred from May 2020 due to Covid-19.  In 2022 the Centre is planning a UK Holiday to either Cornwall or Scotland or Cheshire.

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 annual membership 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

Below is our 2022 Lecture Programme. Due to possible continuing Covid-19 issues at our Lecture Venues, please contact Bill Squires at william.h.p.squires@btinternet.com to check the lecture is going ahead.

Our Social and Day Trip Programme is being finalised but our early ideas are also listed below. It is unlikely that all the events listed will be arranged.

We hope our Programmes it will encourage you to join us.

Date

Event

Time & Venue

Subject

13 January

Lecture

7.30pm via Zoom

Another Job Lot

27 January

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

Victorian Kent

10 February

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

They Dared to be Doctors

24 February

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

Memories of a Schoolgirl

10 March

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

Wayside Plants

24 March

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

The Story of ENSA

12 April (Tuesday)

Lecture

7.30pm via Zoom

TBA

28 April

Lecture

7.30pm at Orpington

AGM & NT Speaker

12 May

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

Blooming Bloomsbury

26 May

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

Hazards of the Journey

9 June

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

TBA

23 June

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

Midsummer Madness

14 July

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

TBA

28 July

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

Princes and Palaces

11 August

Lecture

7.30pm via Zoom

TBA

25 August

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

TBA

8 September

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

TBA

22 September

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

Humming Birds

13 October

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

TBA

27 October

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

TBA

10 November

Lecture

2.00pm at Chislehurst

TBA

24 November

Lecture

8.00pm at Orpington

TBA

8 December

Lecture

7.30pm via Zoom

TBA

4 March

Social

7.30pm at Royal Albert Hall

Massed Bands of the Royal Marines

April (TBC)

Day Trip

TBC

Essex Villages

TBC

Day Trip

TBC

Frogmore Paper Mill

June (TBC)

Social

6.15pm at Crayford

Greyhound Racing

3 July

Social

Private Venue

Garden Party and BBQ

TBC

Day Trip

TBC

Leisurely Day Out

TBC

Day Trip

TBC

Royal Mail Museum

TBC

Day Trip

TBC

Trinity House, London

TBC

Day Trip

TBC

Mary Rose Trust

TBC

Social

TBC

Mike Turner Cup Quiz

TBC

Social

TBC

Themed Afternoon Tea

TBC

Social

TBC

Themed Afternoon Tea

August (TBC)

Social

TBC

Summer Dinner

September (TBC)

Social

TBC

Car Trasure Hunt

October (TBC)

Social

TBC

Murder Mystery Evening

9 December (TBC)

Social

TBC

Christmas Lunch

TBC

Social

TBC

Various Theatre Trips