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 £6 per person or £9.00 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.




Notice to members:-
With great regret we must announce the death of one of our long term members, Mrs. Eve McCarthy.
The service is to be held at the West Chapel, Southend Crematorium on Monday 22nd.December 2014, Southend NT members are invited to attend.


Winter Meetings in 2014/2015  (Please note February & March 2015 dates have been corrected)


Speaker or Event

Subject or Time/Location

Sat 18th.October 2014

Rev David Tudor

Barbados Slave or Free

Sat 15th.November 2014

Mr. Jeff Page

Stand & Deliver

Thurs. 4th. December 2014

Christmas Lunch

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

Sat 17th. January 2015

Dee Gordon

Famous People of Southend

Sat 21st. February 2015

Carol Mulroey

Old Leigh & Heritage Centre

Sat 21st. March 2015

David Simmons

The Essex Coast - 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 2014




Wed. 2nd. April 2014

Visit   (By Coach)   

Owner NT 

CANONS ASHBY, near Daventry. An Elizabethan manor house that has survived almost unaltered since 1710.  Home of the Dryden family since it was first built in 1550.  Formal gardens with topiary & Victorian fernery.   

Wed. 7th May 2014


Visit   (By Coach)

Owner English Heritage

Eltham Palace & Gardens, Eltham, London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of the original Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII. The Palace has among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England, with the magnificent medieval Great Hall and outstanding gardens. 

Thur. 19th June 2014


Visit   (By Coach)    Owner NT

THE VYNE, near Basingstoke. An intimate family home, dating back to Henry VIII, but much altered since then.  Created in the early 16th century from various medieval buildings by 1st Lord Sandys.  Modernised in 1653 by Chaloner Chute.  There is a magnificent chapel and the gardens are extensive with sweeping lawn & lakeside strolls.

Thur. 24th July 2014


Visit   (By Coach)    Owner NT

ANGLESEY ABBEY, Lode near Cambridge. The former home of the 1st Lord Fairhaven & originally an Augustinian Priory.  Given to the National Trust in 1966.  A new Domestic Wing opens this summer.  Large restaurant, shop & historic watermill.  Second hand book shop & celebrated extensive garden.

Thur. 21st. Aug.2014

Visit   (By Coach)

Owner Historic Houses

PARHAM HOUSE & GARDENS, near Pulborough, W Sussex. A traditional stone E-shaped Elizabethan mansion built in 1557 and re-built in 1577.  An excellent collection of portraits of English Tudor & Stuart Monarchs & their courts.  The gardens are extensive & don’t forget the Wendy House!  The church of St Peter circa 16th century.

Wed. 10th Sep. 2014


Visit   (By Coach)   

Owner NT 

FENTON HOUSE, Hampstead, London. Built in 1686, this town house includes collections of ceramics, needlework, furniture, paintings & musical instruments & a small shop.  Only a small house but fascinating with walled gardens, rose garden, orchard & kitchen.

Wed. 10th Sep. 2014


Visit   (By Coach)   

Owner English Heritage

KENWOOD HOUSE, Hampstead Lane.  The House probably built in the early 17th century was remodelled & extended into a fine neoclassical villa by Robert Adam for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield from 1764 to 1779. The interiors also designed by Robert Adam notably the entrance hall (1773), Great Stairs and antechamber, and the Great Room or library.

Sun. 14th. Sept. to Fri. 19th. Sept. 2014

Holiday (By Coach)

DORSET & BEYOND. We shall be based in Bournemouth at the Hotel Elstead, centrally situated.  Visits will be made to various National Trust and other associations’ properties in the area.














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