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).
To join or to find out more, please contact our Membership Secretary, Ian Tinkler  -  telephone: 01794 524261 or email
Here is our programme of forthcoming events – we hope it will encourage you to join us.​
  • Thursday 13 July – Coach Outing to Wilton House and Gardens.

  • Thursday 10 August – Coach Outing to Forde Abbey and Gardens.

  • Thursday 21 September – Talk – “Mottisfont’s Saxon Secrets”.   Howard Green, who volunteers at Mottisfont, has been doing some research into the early days of the area.

  • Thursday 19 October – Talk – “Southampton Water from Broadlands to Spithead”.   Ron Taylor will take us on a river journey which should have something of interest for all.

  • Thursday 16 November – Annual General Meeting and Talk - '"The Vyne: the latest developments in regard to transforming Vyne House."

  • Thursday 7 December – Talk -  “It’s an Otters Life”. Shana Diamond was with us in October 2015 and returns by popular demand.

  • Thursday 14 December - Christmas Lunch at Highfield House Hotel, Highfield Lane, Southampton.

  • Thursday 18 January 2018 - Roger and Sandra Downton 'Around the World in 80 hours'. Our very popular duo will present once more details of their latest adventure.

  • Thursday 15 February 2018 - John Shelton 'Lesser known poets of the First World War.' Another dramatic presentation of the poets of th Great War, focusing on these poets lesser known to us.

  • Thursday 15 March 2018 - Alec Morley 'Montgomery's Map' (to be confirmed in September 2017) A presentation of a very rare map. What does it tell us about a conflict which the ordinary map does not?

  • Thursday 19 April 2018 - Roger Stone 'Apostles Ship of the Sea'. An amazing presentation concerning the truth behind and from within the ships that dock in Southampton.


For more information and to join the Southampton and District Centre, please contact Mr Ian Tinkler on 01794 524261 or email