East Kent Association

The East Kent Association, whose membership comes from Canterbury and the East Kent area, has a programme that offers something for everyone.

The Association is based in Canterbury and covers the coastal towns from Whitstable round to Hythe and includes Ashford and Faversham.

We offer a varied programme of coach outings, lectures, and usually a short holiday. Some outings are to National Trust houses, gardens, countryside and we visit other interesting places.

Most outings start from Canterbury and winter lectures are held at St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Canterbury.

Our talks cover subjects as diverse as bricks and brickwork in Kent, John Betjeman, the seaside holiday in art, Queen Elizabeth I in contemporary portraits or contempoary clothing from the 1930s.

Our programme also includes other social and fundraising events - coffee mornings, bring-and-buy sales and a Christmas lunch.

Our current events programme:

Saturday 8th January 2022, 12.30pm for 1.00pm - Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
New Year Lunch - Cost £30.00
We will be seated at round tables with all the services close by. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks. There will be the usual raffle and friends are very welcome.

Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 2.30 pm - Held at St Andrews United Reform Church, Watling Street, Canterbury.
Castles of the Downs 
We welcome Jenny Wall, a volunteer working for English Heritage at Deal Castle and Richborough Roman Fort. Her talk tells the story of “The Castles of the Downs”, a 2.6 mile defensive structure commissioned by Henry VIII in the 1530s. The fortifications were designed to protect the low-lying beaches between Ramsgate and Dover.

Wednesday 2nd Febuary 2022, 2.30pm - Held at St Andrews United Reform Church, Watling Street, Canterbury.
We welcome Suzanne Kynaston, Conservation Officer, at the Wildwood Trust, Herne, who has kindly agreed to tell us about some of the Trust’s projects. The Wildwood Trust, Herne, opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the protection, conservation and rewilding of British wildlife. Animals including water vole, European beaver, hazel dormouse, red squirrel and bison have all been helped to be established in previously extinct areas.

If you would like more information about coming to an event, please get in touch with the membership secretary on 07803 951008 or you can email us

All of our events raise funds to support projects at National Trust places such as South Foreland Lighthouse to the White Cliffs, Scotney Castle and Knole, amongst others.

There is a small annual subscription to cover the printing and postage of twice-yearly programmes and newsletters - £10 for one member and £5.00 for each additional member at the same address. Joining is easy, just download our membership application form, send it to us, we'll do the rest. You don't have to be a National Trust Member to join the association.

We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you if you would like come and join us.

Get in touch

Please contact our Membership Secretary on 07803 951008 or email for further information