Southend-on-Sea & District Centre

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How to Join 


To join the Southend & District Centre you must first be a member of the National Trust or an affiliated National Trust, such as the National Trust for Scotland.


The annual local membership rate is £8 per person or £13.00 for two people living at the same address. In return for their subscriptions members can attend talks (see below), receive three newsletters a year and details of our programme of events such as day outings and holidays, which have an additional cost. To join contact our Membership Secretary - Mrs Paddi Cole on Tel: 01702 213066.


Members meet on the third Saturday afternoon in October, November, January, February and March at Avenue Baptist Church Hall, Milton Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Admission charge £1.50 members, £2.00 non-members (includes refreshments after the meeting). Meetings have illustrated talks on a range of subjects, a raffle, a sales table and refreshments. This allows members to socialise with like-minded people.


In the summer we arrange six day outings and a holiday to places of interest. Our other important social event is our Christmas Lunch.  To find out more please phone the Chairman, Mr B Anderson, on 01702 213631. Below is our programme of the forthcoming events, we hope it will encourage you to join us.



Winter Meetings in 2015/2016


Speaker or Event

Subject or Time/Location

Sat 17th.October 2015

Rev. Walmer

My Life in the Met

Sat 21st.November 2014

Brian Sandford

Shoebury Garrison

Thurs. 17th. December 2015

Christmas Lunch

12.30 for 1 pm / Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend

Sat 16th. January 2016

Maggie Piper

Nelson - Life & Loves

Sat 20th. February 2016

John Wrigley

Carnval Time in Venice/South Pacific Islands

Sat 19th. March 2016

Ken Crowe

Southend & the Great War - Preceded by AGM

Saturday afternoon meetings commencing at 2.30pm at Avenue Baptist Church Hall, Milton Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.


Admission Charge £1.50 members. £2.00 non-members. Includes refreshments after meeting.


Summer Events in 2015





Wed. 22nd. April 2015

Visit     (By Coach) 

Owner NT

CLAYDON nr. Bucks. A Georgian Home with lavish interior in peaceful parkland with tranquil lake. This inspirational place is where Florence Nightingale spent her summers.

Thur. 4th June 2015

Visit     (By Coach)

Owner English Heritage

HATFIELD HOUSE & Gardens, Herefordshire. The House is a superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship, displaying throughout many historic mementos collected over the centuries by the Cecil family, one of England's foremost political families. In the Park, an oak tree marks the place where the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne.

Thur. 9th July 2015


Visit     (By Coach)   Private Ownership

SOMERLEYTON HOUSE & Gardens, Suffolk. This Tudor mansion is widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain. There has been a high status residence on the site since the beginning of the Norman conquest of Britain, with a manor house here as early as 1240AD. The gardens & maze are a Victorian vision.

Thur. 6th August 2015


Visit   (By Coach)   Owner NT

Osterley Park & house, Middlesex. This Georgian property is one of the last surviving country estates in London. The house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s. The colourful formal gardens, transformed during NT’s six year long project from an overgrown wilderness back to their 18th century grandeur.

Thur. 3rd. Sept.2015

Visit   (By Coach)

Owner NT

POLESDEN LACEY, Surrey. This Edwardian country retreat, the home of the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. Here there is an extensive collection of art and ceramics ranging from world-famous Dutch old masters to sparkling Fabergé objects. The extensive gardens offer something for every season.

Monday 14th. to Saturday. 19th. September 2015

Holiday (By Coach)

LANCS & CHESHIRE. We shall be based in the Lindum Hotel, Lytham St. Anne’s. Visits will be made to various National Trust and other associations’ properties in the area.
















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