The Abingdon Association

A visitor looking at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire

The Abingdon & District Association draws its membership from the area between Oxford and the Berkshire Downs. Our programme aims to add value and fun to supporting the National Trust.

A programme of summer coach trips and holidays allow members to enjoy some of the National Trust places further away with most visits taking place in the summer months. We also visit historic towns such as Bath and Brighton out of season.

Our talks programme, which takes place through the winter, enables us to keep in touch with one another and entertains us while the National Trust’s places are closed.

The success of our programmes enables us to fund and support a number of National Trust places and wider appeals. Amongst them are, Priory CottagesGreat Coxwell Barn, Greys Court, Basildon Park and Chastleton House.

What's On

TALKS FOR 2020: These take place in Trinity Church Hall, Conduit Road, Abingdon OX14 1DB at 2.30pm,with refreshments available from 2pm.The talks are free to members with a donation of £3 requested from non-members.The opportunity to join the Association is always available on the door, making the talks free and the possibility of joining the outings as well.For more information about these talks,please contact Ruth on 01235 524119 or email

Tuesday January 21 2020 – Lucy Radford - Orangutans and Abingdon: the Sumatran Orangutan Society - working to save the forests and the future of these endangered animals. The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) was founded in 2001 with the mission of ensuring a safe future for Sumatran orangutans in the wild. The charity is based in Abingdon, but its impacts are global and far-reaching. With long-term partner NGOs in Sumatra, SOS works to tackle the causes of deforestation as well as the symptoms, taking a holistic approach to conservation which draws on sustainable livelihood programmes, education and sustainable forestry practices to ensure that the 14,600 orangutans remaining in the wild in Sumatra can thrive long into the future. The small SOS team based in Abingdon are dedicated to fundraising, research and technical support for Sumatran orangutan conservation. They also have a strong focus on communicating the charity's work to local, national and international audiences to create a global network of people who care about orangutans and are empowered to do something to help. Lucy Radford is SOS' Fundraising and Communications Officer. She has worked for SOS since May 2018. Prior to that, she had over a decade of experience working in primate conservation, in roles ranging from research and development to fundraising and volunteer management. 

Tuesday February 25 2020, after a very short AGM, Lynda Hart will tell the Abingdon & District National Trust Association about The Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe, which is A Treasury Of Costumes. The event is to be presented by a team of four and includes a brief history of the Drama Wardrobe and how it works, as well as a showcase and history of costumes from Victorian and Wartime eras which are two of their most popular collections. They will bring some examples of the costumes as well as showing photos. The Wardrobe is based in Steventon and some of their costumes were hired for the very successful Heritage Day last September in Abingdon.

Tuesday March 24 2020 CANCELLED

Jonathan Finnerty – House of the future, house for the future: buildings to help save our planet. One of the big challenges today is sustainable and affordable housing. Green Unit has designed an exciting way to cope with this, creating spaces that can change and grow as you do. This is a really fascinating project that has huge potential and ticks all the boxes for the environment and low-energy. Oxford-based entrepreneurs Phil Clayden and Jonathan Finnerty set up Green Unit in 2012.  Following years of development, prototyping and testing, the ARC™ proved a major hit at the 2016 Ideal Home Show. Based in Chiselhampton and built there, the pods are built to exact clients needs.  These eco-friendly buildings would make ideal visitor centres and reception areas for the National Trust properties and we may well see this happen in the future. This talk will be a great look at the future and may provide many ideas for our audience to take away.

VISITS: Closing dates for visit applications are always two weeks prior to the visit date. For more details about visits, please contact Barry Stayte on 01235 521372, email


Friday 20th to Tuesday 24th March (4 nights/ 5 days).    

After many years of successful holidays interest has waned, resulting in the last two being cancelled. Several members have asked me to try again so I have looked into a visit to Cornwall where Spring should start three weeks before Abingdon. The cost includes 5 days coach travel and four nights half board accommodation at the Four-star Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth. Porter service, breakfast and dinner (3 course 3 choices) followed by tea or coffee included plus complimentary use of leisure facilities and wi-fi. There will be additional comfort stops when required on journeys.


Day 1 (Friday): Travel to Cornwall with a stop at Cotehele (NT) with time for lunch (not included). Welcome Drink and dinner at hotel included.

Day 2 (Saturday): Visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Free time in Mevagissey and/or St Austell

Day 3 (Sunday): Morning visit to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House and Gardens followed by a Train journey on the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway.

Day 4: (Monday) Visit to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

Day 5: (Tuesday) Depart the Hotel and en route home visit the Eden Project, with time for lunch (not included). Return to Abingdon early evening

Admission to all of the properties above is included, however, admission to National Trust properties for any non-members is not included Members are reminded to take their cards.

Travel insurance and any items of a personal nature (beverages, mementos, etc).

PRICE PER PERSON: £498.00 (SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £40.00) Deposit £50.00. For more information, call Barry on 01235 521372


Become a member

Abingdon & District NT Association 2018 Membership Form (PDF / 0.59765625MB) download