A voluntary association of National Trust Members 

founded in 1964 to promote the work of the National Trust.

President:  Michael Forster-Smith


To all members, update concerning the effects of the coronavirus epidemic.

Due to the current situation there will be no May newsletter. This website will have all the reports of the activities that took place before we called a halt to all outings, walks, trips and meetings.

If we have any news or updates before the August edition of the newsletter they will appear on this website. We are still here and actively planning for the talks programme and other activities whenever we can resume them. In the meantime, stay safe.


Annie White (Newsletter Editor)

Also from Annie: You can sign up to receive a regular newsletter from the Trust, and the current newsletter is full of things to help you make the most of the isolation from which we all suffer.  To sign up for the emails go to the main NT home webpage, scroll to the bottom and under "Get in Touch" click on Sign up to our email newsletters.


If you have any news that you would like to relay to members, please send an email to me, and I will put the news on the appropriate page of the website. 

Peter Young, website editor.



Interested in making the most of your National Trust membership whilst meeting new friends? Join the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire National Trust Centre to enjoy special interest talks, walks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events or hands-on conservation activities. 

Our Centre promotes the work of the National Trust locally and raises money for conservation and development projects at the same time as being in the company of like-minded people.

Benefits of being involved include experiences that 'move, teach and inspire‘

A full and varied calendar of lectures, visits and walks

An annual holiday, social events and volunteering opportunities 

A quarterly newsletter and website keeping you up to date 

Do have a look at: our programme of talks and outings and at our programme of walks. We hope these will encourage you to join us. 

Membership is open to National Trust members and renewable annually in January.

From 1 January 2019 these fees will be £9 for single membership and £12 for joint membership. This is the first increase for eleven years.

If you are not already a member of the National Trust you can find out more about membership at or calling 0870 458 4000

Membership forms can be downloaded from the contact page here:

A renewal form at 2019 rates for existing members is available here: Renewal.pdf

or for further information contact:

Mrs Marion Blakey
2 Southfield Rise, Cheltenham, GL53 9LJ
Tel 01242 230593

Email -

Join us now — we look forward to meeting you!



The centre now has a policy on implementing the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations. This document can be accessed here: GDPR.pdf


Digital or printed?

If you would like to receive your newsletter digitally please send your name, email address and Centre membership number to
Having a digital copy is much more cost-effective for the centre as it saves us printing and postage costs (if it is not hand delivered in some areas and unfortunately a lot have to be posted instead). It could also be argued that digital delivery is more environmentally friendly. 
If you opt for information by email you will also receive some updates between the newsletter dates, although you can always check these out on the website. (I would recommend looking at our website as it is always up-to-date with the very latest information).
Thanks to the considerable number of members who have already opted for digital delivery, we are likely to save the centre well over a hundred pounds over the year in overheads, which can be used to the benefit of National Trust projects.                                                          

Bill Cronin, Chairman


Details of all the Centre's activities are on this website.  

No need to wait for the next quarterly Newsletter – the latest Centre information is on our web-pages immediately it is available!  Booking Forms for Outings & Lunches etc. will be available in our Newsletter as usual. 

Our website, which can be the first point of contact for prospective new members, also has all the information that is in the Newsletter and is, in fact, more up to date for anyone to check at any time. 

David Ford, who founded our website and has edited it for many years, has now retired from he post. He has done an excellent job, both in founding and maintaining the website, and the Centre owes him a huge vote of thanks.

Peter Young was confirmed as the new website editor at the AGM in 2018. He can be contacted at 01242 520459 or


Our annual programme includes:-

Full and Half day Coach trips to National Trust and other properties

Afternoon and Evening Lectures take place between October and March

A Centre Holiday

Quarterly Newsletter

Monthly Walks

Christmas Lunch  

Membership of our Centre helps you to make the
most of your National 
Trust Membership, and gives 
you the opportunity to make new friends. 

You are assured of a warm welcome

Annual Membership - Family £12:00,  
                                   Individual £9.00. 

Subscriptions are renewable annually on 1st. January.

Some of the many benefits of National Trust Membership:-

  • Free entry and parking at more than 300 NT historic houses and gardens;
  • Free parking at many NT countryside and coastline locations;
  • Members' Handbook - the complete guide to all the places you can visit;
  • Regional newsletters with details of special events in your area;
  • Three magazine editions exclusively for Members - featuring news, views, gardening, and letters;
  • Information on local supporter groups and how you can get involved;
  • Membership also entitles you to admission to properties cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.
  • Best of all, you will know that you are helping to protect the places you enjoy forever, for everyone.

    For National Trust Membership - 0870 458 4000

    Our Website 'Hits' (visitors) this week 174

Website Editor: Peter Young,


       With the assistance of David Ford, the original 

      editor,   Email:

                Snowshill Manor (NT)
         The amazing collection of the
         treasure-seeker Charles Wade

                Sherborne Estate (NT)
          Part of the Estate which includes
          Lodge Park

Newark Park (NT), Ozleworth, South Gloucestershire, originally an Elizabethan hunting lodge built by Sir Nicholas Poyntz in c.1550, alterations were made in the 1790s attributed to James Wyatt



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