Rye and District Association

The garden and early sixteenth-century half-timbered house at Smallhythe Place

The Rye & District Association was founded in 1980 as the Rye & Winchelsea Centre and adopted its new name in 2010. We have an active membership drawn from Rye and the surrounding area.

Our Association is a friendly social group with membership open to all.

Our objectives are to provide interesting and enjoyable activities and events for our members whilst raising funds for the support of the National Trust.

Last year, 2020,  was our 40th anniversary. Looking back through our records, in the years 1980 to 1997, we raised and donated to the National Trust, £59,000! In the subsequent years to 2019 we donated approximately £56,000 - so a grand total of £115,000! We are rightly proud, and have every intention of continuing to raise and donate further significant sums.

If you would like to join us, you would be most welcome. The annual fee is normally £10 per person or £15 per couple living at the same address. As a member you will receive full details of our programme through regular newsletters and emails.

However this year, 2021, because Covid-19 restrictions have severely limited our activities during 2020 and early 2021, the fees are reduced to £5 per person and £10 per couple. We have managed to hold a complete season of monthly lectures, but via Zoom - and monthly walks have only been held a few times, when restrictions allowed. Our normal programme of activities is a follows: 

During the winter and spring, we have a monthly series of talks, generally on a Thursday afternoon at 2.00 pm and held at Brede Village Hall. We make a small charge to help cover costs and refreshments after the talk, £4 for members, £5 for visitors.

During the summer we also arrange outings to places of interest including National Trust properties and other houses and gardens. When coach travel is involved we usually have pick-up points at Rye Station, Peasmarsh (Farleys Way), Northiam (opposite the car park), and sometimes Tenterden (Town Hall), depending on the route.

Also, we have a monthly walking group which meets at 10.00 am at the chosen venue. Walks are of varying distance and terrain, typically six miles or so, followed by a long lunch at a suitable inn!

Additionally there are social events such as Theatre outings, Golf tournament, Quiz Nights, Spring Lunch, Christmas Parties, and an Annual Meet and Greet for new and existing members.

To find out more, please contact our Membership secretary onTelephone: 07760 115413 or email

Attached is our latest newsletter, our current programme of forthcoming events and an application form – we do hope it will encourage you to join us:

Rye & District Events 2021-22v2 (PDF / 0MB) download

Rye & District Membership Form 20210721 (PDF / 0.2MB) download

Rye & District News Letter Summer Autumn 2021 (PDF / 3.5MB) download

For any other information contact

Rye & District Association Chairman on 01424 883566 or email