North Staffordshire National Trust Association
Winter - Spring 2024
STOP PRESS: (updated 20/02/2024)
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 127 The winter edition of the Newsletter was distributed on the 27th December, 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.
The Newsletter states that it would be accompanied by details of a South Wales holiday in September. Unfortunately it was felt the proposal then was too expensive and it has now been replaced by the offering below.
Note also that Sue Till's telephone number on the Committee page should be 01782 405415, not as stated.
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 all single rooms are taken but there are still a number of twins and doubles available.
PHOTOGRAPHS are up to date on this website for all events from 2021 to the present, and some earlier ones to an older format to be converted, and more are being added over time. 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.
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
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
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
| --- Date ---
| --- Event ---
|February: Tuesday 20th
|Talk: William Durose - "Sixteen in the Sixties"
|March: Tuesday 19th
|Talk: Susan Monro -"The Elizabeth's Group" on Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy
|Tuesday 9th April
|Coach Trip: Walsall Leather Museum and Art Gallery. 40 now booked, still room for more.
|April: Tuesday 16th
|Talk: Steve Booth - "The Potteries Blitz - June 1940 - March 1941"
|April: Saturday 20th
|Guided tour of the Collection of Flowering Cherry Trees at Keele. Now Full. Contact leader for waiting list or priority on a possible repeat next year.
|May: Friday 17th
|Car Trip: Hawarden Hall and Village. Details and booking form will be in the next Newsletter.
|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: Sat 29th or Sun 30th
|Car Trip: Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire.
|September: Tue 10th-Fri 13th
|South Wales Holiday: 4 days / 3 nights at 4* Parkway Hotel & Spa, including Ludlow Food Festival.
|September: Tuesday 17th
|October: Friday 11th
|Car Trip: Chillington Hall and Gardens, near Brewood, Staffs.
|October: Tuesday 15th
|Behind the Scenes tour of the New Vic Theatre.
|November: Tuesday 19th
For past Newsletters and lists of meetings and events,
see the Archive