Rye and District Association
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.
We are very pleased that in 2015 we raised and donated in excess of £8000 to projects at Smallhythe, Scotney and Bateman's. In 2016 we were able to donate to projects at Chartwell, Winchelsea and Bateman's, a grand total in excess of £2000. We have every expectation of further significant donations in 2017.
If you would like to join us, you would be most welcome. The annual fee is £8 per person or £13 per couple living at the same address. As a member you will receive full details of our programme through regular newsletters.
During the winter 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 of £3 to help cover costs and refreshments after the talk.
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 Tenterden (The Vine) or Hawkhurst (by the disused church), depending on the route.
Also, we have a monthly walking group which meets at 10.30 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.