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How to Join 


To join the Southend & District NT 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 plus £5.00 for a second member living at the same address.  In return for subscriptions, members are able to attend talks, receive three newsletters a year and participate in the programme of events which includes day outings; these outings do have an additional cost to cover coach travel for visits to National Trust properties or admission plus coach travel to non-National Trust properties.  To enquire about joining please email the Membership Secretary Mrs Thelma Larman on


In October, November, January, February and March members meet on the third Saturday at Avenue Baptist Church Hall, Milton Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7JX at 2:30 p.m.  The admission charge is £1.50 members and £2.00 for non-members; this includes refreshments after the meeting where members can socialise with like-minded people.  Meetings have illustrated talks on a range of subjects, a raffle and a sales table.  If you would like more information, then please email on  We have a Facebook page too - do have a look!



Our visit to Scotney Castle on 22 May 2019



 Our visit to Scotney Castle on 22 May 2019



Summer Programme 2019


Wallace Collection - Hertford House, London - Wednesday 10 April 2019 (£16)


A national museum which displays the art collection brought together by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, thought to be the illegitimate son of the fourth Marquess.  The collection was bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace in 1897.  It contains an outstanding array of 18th century French art, important 17th and 18th century paintings and Renaissance works of art as well as one of the finest collections of princely arms and armour in Great Britain.  If you should tire of the house, then the West End shops are around the corner.


Scotney Castle - Kent - Wednesday 22 May 2019 (£15)


Scotney Castle is a 19th century house built by Edward Hussey III.  Three generations have made their mark, leaving a homely Victorian Mansion with splendid views across the countryside.  The partially demolished old castle surrounded by a moat forms the centre piece of the garden.  The rhododendrons and azaleas cascade down from the Victorian House to the castle.


Flatford Mill, Suffolk/Munnings Museum, Dedham, Essex - Wednesday 12 June 2019


Everybody knows of this scenic location portrayed by John Constable with views of Willy Lott's Cottage and Flatford Mill.  The restaurant overlooks the River Stour.  Munnings Art Museum located in Castle House is the former home of Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959).  An elegant Tudor and Georgian building, the Museum owns the largest collection of one of the finest equestrian painters.  Munnings is also known for his landscape and WWI battle scenes.  For 2019, in collaboration with the Canadian War Museum, there is a once in a lifetime display of his sketchbooks together with finished pictures.


Audley End - Essex - Wednesday 20 July 2019 (£30 - English Heritage members £15)


Set in tranquil Essex countryside, this opulent Jacobean mansion was owned by the Braybrook family but now owned by English Heritage.  Wander through the Robert Adam designed interior from elegant state apartments to the servants' quarters.  Share the world of the Braybrook children in their nursery, or admire the unique natural history collection.  Outside there are parterres, an enormous walled vegetable garden and stable block, set within a Capability Brown designed garden.


Maidstone Museum/Smallhythe Place, Kent - Wednesday 14 August (£15)


Maidstone Museum is a municipal owned property renowned for the quality of its contents.  It specialises in its collection of Japanese artifacts.  Smallhythe Place is a 16th century cottage, home to the Victorian actress Ellen Terry, and housing a lifelong collection of memorabilia from her career on the stage together with some exquisite costumes as worn by her.  It also has a small barn theatre.


Ham House, Richmond - Thursday 26 September 2019 (£16)


Set on the banks of the River Thames, Ham House has substantial collections of 17th century paintings, furniture and textiles.  It shows what life looked like in Charles I and II's lifetime.  Ongoing recreaton of a 17th century garden with a large walled garden.


Please remember to bring your National Trust card with you when visiting NT properties.


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Some images from the summer outings 2019