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 celebrate 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 plans and produce (John’s jam is popular!), meet friends, and buy raffle tickets!
To confirm programme details, or for other information, please call the Hon Secretary – details below, where there is also a link to our membership application form.
Here are just a few of our forthcoming events – we hope you will join us.
16.05.19 – Talk The Romance of the A413 (Julian Hunt)
20.05.19 – Visit Tetbury & Chavenage House
18.06.19 – Visit Cambridge & Wimpole Hall (NT)
20.06.19 – Talk Whipsnade Tree Cathedral (Pamela Ward)
16.07.19 – Visit Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery & The Vyne (NT)