The National Trust has over 180 local Centres and Associations in England and
Wales. The Epsom, Ewell and District Centre’s aim and objective is to support the
work of the Trust in our region.
Since 2003 the Epsom, Ewell & District Centre of the National Trust has donated £71,800, which has funded 111 projects at 35 different National Trust properties. This was achieved largely through a varied programme of social events, coach outings, illustrated lectures and talks.
Evening Talks are held at Bourne Hall, Ewell approximately once a month from September to June, excluding January. We are fortunate in being able to attract some knowledgeable and entertaining speakers presenting a wide range of topics such as Treasures of the Nile, The Art of the Folly, Seen from my Bicycle and Careless Talks Cost Lives.
The coach outing programme takes members to historic houses and gardens, not necessarily National Trust properties. Visits have included Bletchley Park, the Olympic Site, Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, Essex Smuggling Haunts and Hatfield House. We also arrange other more local trips such as visiting The Magic Circle, Trooping the Colour, a backstage tour of The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.
Our Walks programme explores aspects of London e.g. Georgian London, Dickens’ London, Palaces and the Lambeth Walk. It is perhaps not surprising that we have found there is so much of interest in London, especially with a guide.
Other Special events include Coffee Mornings, Holidays and Christmas Lunch.
Newsletters are produced four times a year, giving details of forthcoming events and include application forms for the events.
Centre Membership is available to all; you do not have to be a member of the National Trust. If you are not a member of the National Trust, details of how to join can be obtained at any NT property or by applying to National Trust FREEPOST NAT9775, Warrington, WA5 7BR (Tel: 0870 458 4000).
The Annual Subscription is £10 for the first member of a household and £3 for each additional member. Cheques made payable to Epsom Centre, National Trust and accompanied by a 9”x5” stamped addressed envelope should be sent to The Membership Secretary:
Dr D J Neale,
58 Woodland Way,
Surrey, SM4 4DS
The subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March but new members may join at any time. Members joining between January and March will not be required to pay again in the same calendar year.
If you live in or near Epsom you may be interested in the work of the Epsom Civic Society.
The Society was founded in 1959 as the Epsom Protection Society, at a time when many historic and architecturally valuable buildings and houses in Epsom and Ewell were being threatened by developers. Then, their primary role was to halt the destruction of Epsom’s heritage and to ensure that new development was compatible with the traditional character of the town.
In 2011, the name was changed to Epsom Civic Society. Their purpose continues to be to protect the heritage of Epsom and to encourage high standards of new planning and building; but the change of name reflects the wider concerns of the Society to promote civic pride and to inspire progressive improvement in the quality of urban life for everyone.