The view from Leigh Church


 Southend-on-Sea & District Centre


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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 £10 for single membership plus £8.00 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 £2.00 members and £3.00 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!



A visit to Ham House, Richmond


A visit to Ham House in September - our last outing of

the Summer season


Winter Programme 2019-2020


Saturday 18 January 2020 2:30 p.m.

Trevor Rand will talk about

"Rayleigh Windmill"

Saturday 15 February 2020 2:30 p.m.

Jennifer & Ed Simpson will talk

about "The North Bank of the Thames"

Saturday 21 March 2020 2:30 p.m.

Jeanette Rothwell will give a

talk on "London Theatre from War to War"



A special celebration


On Saturday 16 November 2019 over 80 members met at Avenue Road Baptist Church to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.


Chairman Mike Grimwade welcomed member and their visitors, the Mayor & Mayoress of Southend – John and Pat Lamb; Paul Forecast - the National Trust Regional Director and Barry Anderson, the President of the Southend and District National Trust Centre.


The Mayor offered his congratulations on reaching 60 years and thanked the Centre for its hard work.  He said how important the National Trust was for us all and how much it had saved -for future generations.


Paul Forecast gave a slide show giving more insight into the work done by the National Trust in East Anglia and their hopes for future projects.


As the Director General of the National Trust, Hilary McGrady was unable to come, Paul read out a letter from her.  She thanked the members for all their support over the years and congratulated the centre on reaching their 60th Anniversary.

The Centre's local President, Barry Anderson, brought back many memories of his time as Chairman, when he arranged the holidays and outings for members.


There was a display of photographs and memories shared by many members.  The raffle was drawn with members receiving some super prizes.


The Mayor and Mayoress then cut the cake and whilst members enjoyed their tea, a slide show of our visits to NT properties during this year was shown.  Thanks to Chris Hey for producing this fascinating show.  Thanks must also go to the Committee for their help, to the four ladies who made the tea, to Hazel Green and Harry Button for their amazing cakes and finally to members of the church who set up to hall for us.


A good time was had by all and we now look forward to the next 60 years of the Southend and District National Trust Centre.




 Thursday 12 December 2019


Lunch time on Thursday 12th December and 56 Southend & District Centre members gathered at The Chalkwell Park Rooms, for the Annual Christmas Lunch.  On arrival they were offered either a glass of prosecco or mulled wine, a lovely start.  The Centre's Chair, Mike Grimwade, welcomed everyone; there was a lot of chatter as old and new friends met.  A super meal with great service was enjoyed thanks to the staff of Affinity. Our Vice Chair, Diane Silverston, thanked the staff, and members of the committee for their hard work.  She also read a Poem by Pam Ayers, “Goodwill to All”.  The raffle was drawn, with several people receiving a lovely gift.  A good time was had by all, everyone left feeling happy and ready for Christmas.


Some images from the summer outings 2019