The Aylesbury Centre

Cattle grazing peacefully in the grounds at Hartwell House, a historic house hotel in Buckinghamshire

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

Get in touch
Contact: Mr Anthony Fanthorpe
Tel: 07399 540626
Click through here to view a copy of our membership application form: Aylesbury Centre 2019 Membership Application Form (PDF / 0.1MB) download