May 2015 saw our very successful holiday to north Norfolk staying at The Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn, a comfortable hotel in the centre of the town. A full review is shown in the Autumn 2015 newsletter


Monday 5 October to Thursday 8 October 2015, we booked a 3-night stay at the elegant Victorian York House Hotel on the seafront in Eastbourne.

Our first visit, on the way out, was Michelham Priory in Hailsham. The next day followed by the 14th-century moated Bodiam Castle and Victorian actress Ellen Terry’s 16th-century home Smallhythe Place. On Wednesday a ride on the famous Bluebell Railway and a visit to Standen, the NT Arts & Crafts property. On the way home a stop in Chichester to see Ede’s House and to have lunch in the medieval Vicar’s Hall of Chichester Cathedral.


For 2015 the luncheon was held at the Miramar Hotel on Wednesday 2 December.


As we celebrated 30 years of support to the National Trust we had several special opportunities for members.

On Friday 21 August a cruise on the SS Shieldhall to see the Bournemouth Air Show.

SS Shieldhall         Red Arrows

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On Thursday 3rd September Tree Planting at Kingston Lacy

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National Trust Press Release

Issued on Friday 4 September 2015

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National Trust Press Release

Issued on Friday 4 September 2015

Celebration trees planted at Kingston Lacy

Two new large trees have been planted in the gardens at Kingston Lacy to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Bournemouth and Poole National Trust Association.

The National Trust team from Kingston Lacy were joined by 75 members of the Bournemouth and Poole National Trust Association along with Cllr Steven Lugg, Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr John Adams, Mayor of Bournemouth and Cllr Shane Bartlett, Mayor of Wimborne to plant the 5-6 metre tall Liquidambar and Cedar of Lebanon.

Guests were welcomed by Mary Fielding, Chair of the Bournemouth and Poole National Trust Association before the ceremonial planting of the Liquidambar. “Today we are making history” said Mrs Fielding. “We have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bournemouth and Poole National Trust Association by planting these trees at Kingston Lacy. As a group we have raised around £140,000 over the 30 years which is a fantastic testament to the hard work and dedication of all our members”.

The Cedar of Lebanon has historical importance to Kingston Lacy and joins an avenue of trees previously planted by King Edward VII, Prince Charles and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Councillors were joined by six members of the Bournemouth and Poole National Trust Association who have been members for 30 years.

The Bournemouth National Trust Centre began life in 1985 when the original Christchurch Association split into two groups. In 2001 the Bournemouth Centre became the Bournemouth Association and following the dissolve of the Dorset Centre it changed its name to Bournemouth and Poole Association in 2006

It is now 30 years since the Association started organising outings, holidays, lunches and talks for the enjoyment of its members, all the while supporting the National Trust by promoting its cause and raising funds to support projects of all shapes and sizes.

“Today has been a very special day for us” said Andrew Hunt, Head Gardener. “The work that Bournemouth and Poole National Trust Associations do is fantastic, the money raised every year goes towards special projects at the Dorset properties including the garden and helps us carry out essential conservation work needed to present the garden and property to the highest standard possible. Today was a way of celebrating this achievement and a thank you to the past 30 years. These trees will live for many years and complement the garden greatly”

These trees are set to stand the test of time and will hopefully stand proudly at Kingston Lacy for the next 200-400 years.

Seventy members enjoyed the 30th Anniversary Tea and Talk on 1st October.

Held at Richmond Hill St Andrews Church Lounge, the afternoon began with our professional pianist Lisa playing light classics as members entered and took their places at the beautifully decorated tables. HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell was welcomed and gave an interesting talk on the history of the Lord Lieutenancy and key facts about Dorset's wide and varied history. The Celebration Anniversary cake was cut by the Lord Lieutenant and this was followed by a full afternoon tea served by the Ladies of the Church. Everything was home made. The Church worked hard on our behalf to make the afternoon a roaring success. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all who came.

      1st October Tea and Talk        1st October Tea and Talk

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2015 Outings

Show box visit to Kingston Lacy review

Thursday 19 March, Bletchley Park, House of Code-Breakers

Tuesday 14 April, Stratfield Saye House

Tuesday 2 June, West Woodhaye House

Wednesday 17 June, Mottisfont Abbey

Tuesday 7 July, Studland Tractor-Trailer Ride

Thursday 16 July, Denbies Vineyard

Wednesday 9 September, Oxford College and Cruise on The Isis

Thursday 24 September, Uppark House and Garden

Tuesday 13 October, RNLI Lifeboat College