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.

Programme of Events

Our meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Victor Street, Shirley SO15 5LH on the Third Thursday of the month (except December and April 2019) and commence at 2.30 pm sharp. There is free parking in the car parks in Victor Street and up to five hours in some other local car parks on the following roads; Vincent Road, Cannon Street, Marlborough Road. Please check the permitted parking time in the Sainsbury’s car park as these do change from time to time.

Please note that the Romsey meeting is an evening meeting.

Thursday, Sept. 20th - Peter Trodd “Musical Entertainment: Victorian Style”

What no TV, no radio, no internet, no record player! How did the Victorians entertain themselves in the evening? What can we learn?

Tuesday, Oct 2nd - ROMSEY, Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, starting at 7.30 pm

Ruth Kerr - Eling Tide Mill

The Eling Tide Mill has a long history and has recently undergone significant restoration work. It is now one of the few working tide mills. Although not a part of the National Trust we feel members will be interested to learn more about this mill.

Thursday, Oct. 18th - Jeremy Prescott “The Miracle Flower: From Flanders to the Tower”

Another presentation concerned with the way the Millions that fell in the First World War will not be forgotten.

Thursday, Nov. 15th - AGM followed by Paul Cook

“Progress at Clandon Park”. What has happened since Paul last spoke to us?

Thursday, Dec. 6th - Mike Underwood “Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays”

How was land reclaimed 300 years ago to build a nationally important wharf for naval & army guns; the largest in Britain.

Thursday, Jan. 17th 2019 - Tom Radford “On Rambling and the Ramblers”

Why ramble? What are its benefits? Some interesting prospects will be unveiled for those wishing to give it a go.                                          

Thursday, Feb. 21st - Ron Taylor “Southampton Water from Broadlands to Spithead"

A long awaited sequel to the story Ron had to tell us on his last visit to our Salvation Hall. More secrets to be unveiled!

Thursday, March 21st - Margaret Braddock “Ruhleben”

If you became a prisoner of war during the First World War, what would happen to you? All will be revealed.

Thursday, April 11th - Ann Sevier “History and Ecology of the New Forest”

Following a successful presentation “A Year in the Life of a New Forest Pony” more inside news about the Forest will be set before you.


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