National Trust group celebrates 30 years

Members of the local group, together with Hastings MP Amber Rudd
Members of the local group, together with Hastings MP Amber Rudd

MEMBERS of the local branch of the National Trust celebrated the 30th anniversary of their group at a recent party.

The group, which has around 300 members from Hastings and St Leonards and surrounding areas, held a get-together at Azur, Marina Pavilion, St Leonards.

Guests included Hastings MP Amber Rudd. She said: “It was a great pleasure to join the Hastings and St Leonards Association National Trust to celebrate its 30th birthday and to hear about successful local properties.

“I know the association’s committee and its membership will only increase over the next 30 years.”

The branch was formed in 1982 by George and Valerie Binns and since then has grown from strength to strength.

Each year members organise events such as visits to National Trust run places and other properties, theatre trips, lectures, coffee mornings, lunches, dinners and quizzes.

Yvonne Baldwin, from the branch, said: “During the last 30 years the branch has amassed an amazing £100,000, a large amount of which has been donated to our local properties.”

After drinks and a buffet for members and visitors, several speakers from Bateman’s, the former Burwash home of Rudyard Kipling, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, Kent, spoke about individual projects at each respective property and how donations had helped.

Nic Durston, regional officer for the National Trust, promised his continued support to local branches in the southern area.

The celebrations ended with musicians Richard Eldridge and Ken Roberts providing live entertainment.

The National Trust is a charity that protects historic houses, gardens, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs.

The charity was founded in January 1894 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and The Very Rev. Hardwicke Canon Rawnsley,

Other National Trust properties in 1066 Country include Lamb House in Rye.

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