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 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 2016/2017


Speaker or Event

Subject or Time/Location

Sat 15th..October 2016

David Williams

The Flower of History - The River Thames

Sat 19th.November 2016

Colin Beaumont

Toastmaster for All Seasons

Thurs. 15th. December 2016

Christmas Lunch

12.30 for 1 pm / Affinity Restaurant, Leigh-on-Sea

Sat 21st. January 2017

Judith Williams

Smugglers in Essex

Sat 18th. February 2017

Maggie Piper

The City of London - From Romans to Modern Times

Sat 18th. March 2017

AGM followed by a talk - Joan Williams

Life as a Tudor Cook (Mistress Anghard) at Kentwell Hall

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 2016




Wed. 13th. April 2016

Visit   (By Coach)  


Knebworth House, This Tudor manor house rebuilt in the gothic style and home of the Lytton family since 1490. Set in 250 acres of parkland with 28 acres of formal garden. 

Thur. 26th. May 2016


Visit   (By Coach)


Ichworth House, A touch of classic Italian brought to Suffolk, with its Rotunda filled with treasures collected by the Hervey family. Now owned by the Nation Trust it has a recently refurbished basement servants quarters.

Thur. 9th. June 2016


Visit   (By Coach)  

Kensington Palace, One of the Royal Palaces, this has sumptuous King’s State Apartments. The State Apartments display a large collection of costume, including 18th. century court dress.

Thur. 7th. July 2016


Visit   (By Coach)  

Knole, Originally an Archbishops Palace, the house passed through royal hands before becoming the home to the Sackville family to this day. Still in the process of refurbishment to some rooms and furniture. Has the last remaining deer park in Kent.

Thur. 4th. Aug.2016

Visit   (By Coach)


Melford Hall ,

16th. century Tudor manor house rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1942. It is home of the Hyde Parker family who were visited by their cousin Beatrix Potter whose sketches are on view in the house.

Thur. 1st. Sep. 2016


Visit   (By Coach)  


Waddesdon Manor, In the style of a 19th. century French chateau it was built by the Baron Rothschild to house his superb collection of art treasures.












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