The Amersham Centre

Visitors in the garden at a National Trust place

Formed in 1970, the Amersham Centre is a voluntary group of National Trust members and volunteers promoting the work of the Trust.

Our aim is to provide a lively and interesting programme whilst, at the same time, raising funds for the vital work of the Trust. Since 2000 we have raised over £125,000 to support the work of the Trust in looking after special places. Within this total, in the 4 years to August 2021 we contributed about £13,000 to our local National Trust properties at Cliveden and Hughenden to enhance their attraction to visitors.

The Amersham Centre always welcomes new members, and we hope that you will wish to join the group. Our annual subscription rate is £10 per person and our membership year runs from 1 September to 31 August. New members are welcome to join at any time. Members receive two ‘mega’ newsletters a year in September and March setting out our programme for the following six months and there are also regular monthly e-mail updates.

We have a membership of over 250 - the majority living in Amersham, Chesham Bois and Chesham. We also enjoy good support from Chorleywood, the Chalfonts, Great Missenden and Prestwood.

Our activities include:

• Monthly evening meetings from September to May, usually with a guest speaker, which are held on the 2nd Thursday of these months. Now that lockdown has eased, we have been able to recommence our monthly meetings in person. These are now held in the new Community Hall in the Chilterns Lifestyle Centre in Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, HP6 5AH.

• 10 -15 trips throughout the year visiting National Trust properties, historic houses and other places of interest

• Holidays

• Monthly country walks on Saturday mornings, starting from a pub at 10.30 am, but if you are ordering lunch, please arrive by 10.15, the walk is usually around 3-4 miles long, but with a shorter distance alternative available, and usually followed by a lunch at a local hostelry (if desired)

• Christmas or New Year lunch.

Recent and future meetings and outings:

13th January 2022- an evening meeting with a talk by Adam Smith about ‘Building Georgian Towns’

o 18th January 2022- New Year Lunch held at Moor Park Mansion

o 10th February- - an evening meeting with a talk by Jez Elkin about ‘Creating Energy from your Household Waste’

o 10th March 2022- an evening meeting with a talk by Robert Bishop entitled ‘From Trees to Treasure’

o 15th March 2022 - guided tour of St Albans Cathedral and a chance to visit the Verulamium Museum or the Museum of St Albans.

o 14th April 2022- an evening meeting with a talk by Jo Laurie entitled ‘My Cousin Henry from Ardbeg to Antarctica’

o 27th April 2022- a spring visit to the magnificent gardens at Wrest Park, Silsoe, Beds (EH)

o 12th May 2022- an evening meeting with a talk by Dr Helen Fry entitled ‘The London Cage: Britain’s Secret WW2 interrogations’

o 18th May 2022- Midsomer Murders Walk and Waterperry Gardens

o 8th June 2022- Gilbert White & the Oates Museum, Hinton Ampner N.T. Hampshire

o 21st June 2022- Discover Newmarket Tour- Tour of National Stud, Carvery Lunch and visit the National Horse Racing Museum

o 30th June 2022- an additional event with a Summer Evening Concert themed around music from the movies and including works by John Rutter and Howard Goodall. This will be performed by the Chess Valley U3A Sing for Pleasure Choir and Vintage Brass

o 21st July 2022- a visit to Eltham Palace and Thames Barrier Visitor Centre

o 10th August 2022- Alfriston Clergy House N.T. East Sussex and Nymans N.T. West Sussex

o 8th September 2022- an evening talk titled ‘Waging a Secret War in the Chilterns’ by Jean Yates

o 12th September 2022- visit to Goodwood House, near Chichester

o 13th October 2022- an evening meeting with the AGM followed by ‘Cassiobury – The Ancient Seat of the Earls of Essex’, a talk presented by Paul Rabbits

o 18th October 2022- visit to Westonbirt Arboretum, a magical tree garden home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the world

Recent and future walks:

o 15th January 2022- amble of around 3 miles starting from the Potters Arms at Winchmore Hill

o 12th February 2022- walk around Wendover Woods and lunch

o 12th March 2022- walk starting at ‘The Cock’ at Sarratt, which was briefly delayed by a tremendous hailstorm

o No walk on Easter Saturday 16th April, but future walks are scheduled for 14th May,11th June, 16th July, 13th August, 10th September and 15th October subject to adequate interest and being able to find people willing to plan and lead walks.

Holidays:

Our long-awaited Swiss holiday is scheduled to take place from 5th -14th July 2022.

Get in touch:

To find out more, please contact our Membership Secretary Judith Howcroft at  Amersham.nt@talktalk.net