Supporter groups in Liverpool and Lancashire
Interested in making the most of the National Trust near you in Liverpool and Lancashire? Join your local supporter group to enjoy special interest talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events or hands-on conservation activities. There are eight different groups you could join. Read on to find your nearest one or click on a supporter group’s name in the menu to jump to their details.
Why join a supporter group?
Getting together with other National Trust enthusiasts, members and volunteers who feel passionate about the same things is priceless. Sharing unique experiences and finding out more about the places you care about is what being part of a local National Trust supporter group is all about.
From listening to expert talks and going on behind-the-scenes tours to taking relaxing holidays or restoring natural habitats in the great outdoors, you’ll be part of something amazing. Supporter groups promote and assist the National Trust’s work within their local area and raise money for conservation and development projects through all kinds of events.
Bolton Association was founded in 1986 and has an active membership drawn from Bolton, Bury and surrounding areas of Greater Manchester.
Their objectives are to promote the Trust locally, raise funds to support it and enable members to get even more enjoyment from their membership. In recent years they have contributed various sums to support a wide range of projects at different National Trust properties in the North West region.
Bolton Association’s programme of events includes meetings with speakers on subjects of interest, lunches and other social events, coach trips to places of interest and short holidays.
Friends of Gawthorpe Hall
The Friends of Gawthorpe aim to promote and support Gawthorpe Hall, and in particular the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth collections of embroidery, needlework and lace, together with the Hall's library collection.
The organisation aims to raise funds by annual subscriptions and holding special events and functions. These funds are used to help provide extra facilities for the Hall and its grounds, and make acquisitions for the collections and library.
Lune and Kent Estuary Group
The Lune and Kent Estuary Group (LUKE) draws its membership primarily from Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding villages. They support Sizergh Castle and National Trust properties around Morecambe Bay.
LUKE has a diverse social programme including activities like theatre visits, coach trips to places of interest, a summer party, Christmas coffee and shopping at Sizergh Castle, and an annual coffee morning, which has helped add to the £60,000+ donated to the Trust since LUKE began in 1977.
LUKE’s members also meet from October to March at different locations, to enjoy a varied programme of talks and demonstrations, whilst their energetic walking group go out in all weathers, exploring the region. Their regular newsletter will keep you well informed of what's going on.
Merseyside National Trust Environmental Volunteers
Founded in 1987, this volunteer group helps National Trust staff with hands-on activities and encompasses a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
There are tasks for you whatever your fitness – you could be clearing scrub, maintaining woodland, repairing fences and footpaths, conserving sand dunes, or planting trees and hedges.
Work sites range over Merseyside, Wirral and parts of Cheshire and North Wales, at locations as varied as the grounds of Speke Hall, the coastal habitats at Formby or the heath at Helsby Hill. They work most alternate Sundays from 10am to 3-4pm, with breaks for refreshments, and also go for meals out and walking trips in areas such as North Wales or the Lake District.
February: 5th - Formby (Sefton Coast), 19th - Formby
March: 5th - Bicketon Hill (Cheshire), 19th - Chirk Castle (North Wales)
April: 2nd - Erddig (North Wales), 16th - Formby, 30th - Speke Hall (Liverpool)
May: 14th - The Wirral, 21st - Quarry Bank (Cheshire)
June: 4th - Dunham Massey (Greater Manchester), 18th - Dunham Massey
July: 2nd - Formby, 16th - Speke Hall, 30th - Erddig
August: 13th - Quarry Bank, 20th - Speke Hall
September: 3rd - Chirk Castle, 17th - Dunham Massey
October: 1st - Dunham Massey, 15th - The Wirral, 19th - Bickerton Hill
November: 12th - Formby, 26th - Formby
December: 10th - Speke Hall
Ormskirk and District Association
The Ormskirk and District Association of National Trust Members and Volunteers was formed in 1989. Their members are drawn from the wider Ormskirk area, from Formby and Maghull to Preston and Rainford. The association is open to National Trust (and affiliated Trust) members and volunteers, and they're always delighted to welcome new members.
The association enjoys a well supported programme of events, including lectures, lunches, day visits, holidays and other social activities. Through these events they raise funds to support the National Trust. Nearby Trust places include:
Rufford Old Hall
The sand dune coastline at Formby.
Pendle Forest Association
The Pendle Forest Association was founded in 1987 to promote and support the work of the National Trust. They have some 400 members covering an area west of the Pennines, from Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley to Rawtenstall in the south and to the border of West Yorkshire in the east.
The association supports the Trust through a diverse programme of events throughout the year, including a winter lecture series and summer trips, as well as annual holidays. A quarterly newsletter includes a calendar of future dates and reports on the trips and events which have taken place, as well as general news. Their local property is Gawthorpe Hall near Padiham, which is the main focal point of interest, but they also support projects at other Trust places.
The Ribble Centre, whose members live primarily in the Preston district and Fylde area of Lancashire, enjoys a full and varied social programme.
In recent years they have enjoyed short holidays all over the British Isles, including Cornwall, Kent, Bristol, Wales, the Scottish Borders, Perthshire and Northumberland.
Earlier in the life of the association, several members were keen walkers and devised programmes for those who were willing and able to enjoy this activity – something the association would like to revive.
Southport and Formby Association
The Southport and Formby Association (SoFA) have over 250 members from Southport, Formby and the surrounding areas. They support the National Trust and look for ways of promoting it locally.
The association liaises closely with staff at local Trust places and helps with plans and projects. Local properties that have benefitted from their donations and support include Rufford Old Hall, Formby, The Hardman’s House and Speke Hall, as well as others in south Manchester and Cheshire.
The association welcomes members of the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and Trust volunteers. They offer a year-round programme of social events, talks, outings and short holidays.
Use the supporter group directory (PDF) to find membership enquiry contact details and links to group websites for further information.
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