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North Staffordshire National Trust Association

Summer 2024


STOP PRESS: (updated 19/05/2024)
ISLE OF MAN HOLIDAY 2025: It may be a long way off but to secure block bookings we need to do so well in advance. We are planning a 4 night, 5 day holiday in Douglas, IOM, in September next year, but need to guarantee 30 bookings by the end of next month to ensure it is viable. See the [IOM 2025 flyer] [Itinerary] [Booking form]
EVENTS NOW FULL: Some events are now full or have limited availability - see below for the status of each.
PARKING FOR TALKS at the Conference Centre: You may have heard that parking charges have been introduced. To qualify for free parking you must enter your vehicle registration number at the entrance to the Institute or else face a penalty of £100.
MEMBERSHIP At the EGM on 17th October it was voted to amend the NSNTA constitution to open membership to all who support the work of the National Trust, but they do not necessarily need to be a member. Non-members will need to pay admission fees for any properties visited.
NEWSLETTER 128 The spring/summer edition of the Newsletter was posted on the 8th April, and a copy is available on this website to view or download. If your copy has not arrived and you wish to book an event contact the leader to make a reservation and complete the booking form when your copy arrives.
This edition's deliberate mistake was the misspelling Dorford Hall - it should be Dorfold Hall.
Apologies for the broken link to the photographs: these will be added shortly.
HOLIDAY Details of a revised South Wales holiday in September have been posted to members, and copies are available here: [Details] - [Booking Form]. Closing data for applications and deposit is 1st March to establish viability. If you don't have the booking form or are unable to print it or complete it on line* please contact Regent on 01785 818202. Copies will also be available on further NSNTA events.
* See completing PDF forms in Adobe Reader if you are not familiar with this.
To date one single rooms is available and there may be still a number of twins and doubles available - please ask.

PHOTOGRAPHS are up to date on this website for all events from 2021 to the end of 2023, and more are being added as events progress,and some earlier ones are available to an older format to be converted. These cover a wider range than are printed in the Newsletters, and to a much higher resolution. See A list of past visits and outings (Also accessible from the 'Archive' tab). Click on [Photos] where you see it against an event.
Chris Wain has kindly allowed access to his extensive selection of photos from some events - look for a [More Photos] button on a photo page header.
QUESTIONNAIRE The last Newsletter contained a questionaire that we would very much like all members to complete, seeking views on how we can best tailor our activities to match members preferences. Thank you for all those who have returned this - it is not too late if you have not already done so. If you can't find your printed form one is available on the Documents page for you to use as you wish, along with tips on completing PDF forms.
BOOKING FOR EVENTS please do not turn up unannounced at events - they may be fully booked and/or payment arrangements already made for a fixed number of admissions or refreshments etc. and you will (probably) be refused!
DOCUMENTS Useful documents for use by Event Organisers available on the 'Documents' button above.
TEA/COFFEE is available after the talks, now £2.00 including biscuits. Please bring exact money if you can.
TALKS ORGANISER We are very pleased to announce that Anthea Bond has stepped into the breech to fill this important post, and we offer her our grateful thanks. Anthea has been a valued member of our Association for a number of years organising a number of very successful activities, walks and car trips. She has been active in attending events and making useful suggestions and comments. Her varied interests and experiences will be great asset in her role of Talks Organiser.


  • Please note that it is advisable to book early since many excursions fill very quickly. You can check with the organiser if there are spaces before applying, or check on this website for notices of full trips.
  • Booking should be made using the forms contained in the most recent Newsletter.
  • Coach visits normally depart from Brunswick Terrace at the front of the Jubilee Baths in Newcastle-under-Lyme (see map)
  • Lectures normally start at 7:30 at the North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Stoke on Trent (see map)
  • Any enquiries to the outing organiser whose contact details are in the current Newsletter
  • For the descriptions and further details see the most recent Newsletter in Archives

    --- Date --- --- Event ---
    May: Tuesday 21st AGM and Talk: Ray Johnston, Biddulph Grange, the hospital years.
    June: Thursday 6th Car Trip: "The Buxton Experience" Fully booked with waiting list.
    June: Sunday 30th Car Trip: Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire.
    July: Sunday 14th Walk: Little Moreton Hall and Scholar Green.
    September: Tue 10th-Fri 13th South Wales Holiday: 4 days / 3 nights at 4* Parkway Hotel & Spa, including Ludlow Food Festival.
    September: Walk:
    September: Tuesday 17th Talk:
    October: Friday 11th Car Trip: Chillington Hall and Gardens, near Brewood, Staffs.
    October: Tuesday 15th Talk:
    November: Behind the Scenes tour of the New Vic Theatre.
    November: Tuesday 19th Talk:

    For past Newsletters and lists of meetings and events, see the Archive