The Aylesbury Centre
The Aylesbury Centre is a voluntary association of National Trust members and volunteers, founded in 1974 to promote our work.
The Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust is your local group of NT members and volunteers. We meet regularly to enjoy an evening talks programme, outings to Trust properties and other destinations, an annual holiday, coffee mornings and more. We publish a Newsletter to our members three times a year.
Through our events we aim to raise funds which are donated annually towards NT projects, usually within the Aylesbury Vale. We principally support the smaller properties such as Claydon House, Boarstall Duck Decoy, and Ashridge Estate, with an emphasis on improving the visitor experience, particularly for children’s education, and on environmental improvements. A few years ago, we developed a booklet on Florence Nightingale for children to use at Claydon House.
The 220 or so Centre members live in Aylesbury, across Aylesbury Vale, and beyond.
There is no obligation to actively support the Trust, but some of our members volunteer for roles at properties such as room stewards at Claydon and Waddesdon, garden help at Stowe, and so on.
We celebrated our 45th anniversary in 2019 with a social evening in the Powerhouse at Waddesdon Manor. Our President, John Bly, takes an active interest in the Centre.
Meetings take place in Broughton Junior School, Broughton Avenue, Aylesbury HP20 1NQ starting at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm which gives time to browse books and any produce, meet friends, and buy raffle tickets!
To confirm programme details, call the Hon. Secretary, Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust on 07399 540626 or email.
Here are just a few of our forthcoming events – we hope you will join us. Further events will be announced in our occasional Newsletters.
14 Jan Visit Behind the scenes at Claydon House
16 Jan Talk Stowe- understanding the place and its restoration (Barry Smith)
13 Feb Talk The History of Tea (Danajaya Silva)
19 Mar Talk A year in the life of a volunteer lock-keeper (John Flower)
21 Apr Visit Tutankhamun Exhibition
23 Apr Talk Railway Stations (Jeff Rozelaar)
21 May Talk Aspects of Ashridge (John Hockey)
11 Jun Visit Maldon and Tiptree Jam Factory
18 Jun Talk Essex Beavers (Russell Savoury)
15 Jul Visit Stow-on-the-Wold and Sezincote