Southampton and District Centre

Visitors in the garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in autumn.

Southampton and District Centre was founded in 1972 and currently has approximately 200 members who live in Southampton and the surrounding areas, including Chandlers Ford, Romsey and the Waterside. Nearly all our members are also members of National Trust. However, non-National Trust members are also welcome to apply for membership of the Centre.

We have a series of winter talks, summer outings and other social events. By taking part you will make good friends and help to raise funds for a variety of National Trust projects. Among the National Trust properties we support are Mottisfont, Hinton Ampner and Winchester City Mill - also Enterprise Neptune, which continues to protect an increasing part of Britain's beautiful coastline.
Our objectives are to promote the National Trust locally, raise funds in its support and arrange a programme of events and activities to widen members' appreciation of its work and other aspects of our heritage.
Our meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall in Shirley, Southampton, usually on the third Thursday in the month (not December), starting at 2.30 pm. There are two hours free parking nearby, behind Sainsbury (please check, to make sure this hasn’t changed) – and a longer period, not far away. Details of the Coach Outings can be obtained from Ian Tinkler (see below).

Here is our programme of 2018 events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.​

Thursday, 27th March 2018 - Talk in Romsey at Crosfield Hall   at 7.30 pm
Thursday, 19th April - Talk  in Shirley -  Roger Stone   “Apostles Ships of the Sea”  
Thursday, 10th May - Spring Lunch at the Balmoral Inn, Romsey Road, Nursling   12.30 for 1.00 pm.
Thursday, 17th May - Coach outing to Polesden Lacey
Thursday, 21st June - Coach outing to Kingston Lacy
Thursday, 5th July - Strawberry Tea at Romsey Abbey (South Garth)   3.00 pm-4.30 pm.
Thursday, 19th July - Coach outing to Sherborne Castle
Thursday, 16th August - Coach outing to Osterley Park and House
Thursday, 20th September - Talk in Shirley – Peter Trodd “Musical Entertainment Victorian Style”
Thursday, 18th October - Talk in Shirley – Jeremy Prescott “The Miracle Flower – from Flanders to the Tower”
Thursday, 15th November - AGM, followed by Talk – Paul Cook “Progress at Clandon Park
Thursday, 6th December - Talk in Shirley – Mike Underwood – “Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays” – followed by afternoon tea
Date and venue for Christmas Lunch still to be confirmed


For more information and to join the Southampton and District Centre, please contact Rebecca Lonergan -  telephone: 02380 433366 or email