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EAST LOTHIAN MEMBERS' CENTRE
( Charity Number SC 026085 )

The East Lothian Members' Centre is a registered Scottish Charity (Scottish Charity Number SC026085) and exists to give local NTS members the opportunity to support the Trust by participating in local events and activities.

The Centre has a programme of outings, talks and other events throughout the year. Our meetings are held in Haddington in either the Town House or Trinity Centre. Our afternoon meetings are followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. Our summer visits to various properties are listed below. We hope you enjoy them.

Enquiries please to - Margaret Russell - magr8@outlook.com or 01875 853370.

Programme March to September 2019

Tuesday 5th March 2019, 19:30 in Town House
AGM followed by Colin Wren, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager (Edinburgh & East), "NTS gardens outwith Edinburgh & East" - followed with an opportunity to socialise over a Cheese and Wine finish.
After completing a two year Wisley Certificate course, Colin worked in private gardens in both France, overseeing the planting of 600 cider apple trees and other garden restoration projects and in London,
Wednesday 24th April 2019
Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
This wee gem of a town is in fact closer to England than Edinburgh, sitting just 10 miles from the border. Free flow visit to a number of attractions such as :-
The stunning 12th century Abbey (Historic Scotland member free with membership card).
Mary Queen of Scots House - The house provides an excellent education in Maryís extraordinary life and gruesome death. Free entry.
Go to Jail - learn about 19th century life as a prisoner at Jedburgh Castle Jail. Free entry.
Monday 20th May 2019
Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum, Northumberland
Discover the history of the 2nd Earl, after whom the famous tea is named, wander through the beautiful gardens created by the 5th Earl Grey and his family.
The gardens are deliberately aimed at garden lovers and are a plantsmanís delight with extensive grounds offering a stunning variety of unusual plants throughout the seasons or for the more energetic explore the arboretum a united nations of shrubs and trees covering over 65 acres.
Monday 10th June 2019
Marchmont House, Berwickshire
Marchmont House is one of Scotlandís grandest mansions of the mid 18th century, with impressive contributions from the Edwardian era, and yet it remains largely unknown both to the fraternity of architectural historians and to the country-house-visiting public.
Whilst the core parts of the house are Georgian, we embraced the changes made by Sir Robert Lorimer a key Scottish protagonist of the arts-and-crafts movement. Large parts of the house are furnished in the spirit of the movement.
Thursday 11th July 2019
Blair Castle, Perthshire
Blair Castle is one of Scotlandís most beautiful castles, with an illustrious history spanning several centuries, surrounded by extensive grounds and gardens, lochs and glens.
The castle stands in acres of attractive parkland and grounds, and there is a huge nine acre walled garden, the Hercules Garden, with colourful borders, ponds, orchard and a canal. There are peacocks on the grounds, as well as The Whim, an 18th-century folly, and the sculpture trail.
Tuesday 13th August 2019
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Belsay is a unique, remarkable, and unusually early example of a Greek Doric house and associated picturesque landscape.
Immerse yourself in the architecture of ancient Greece in Belsayís Greek-revival mansion. The unfurnished Pillar Hall is at the centre of the house.
Lose yourself in the vast 30 acre Grade I listed gardens. Follow through ravines cut out of rock to discover the jurassic-feeling Quarry Garden.
Power up 56 spiral stairs to marvel at the view from the top of the 14th-century defensive "pele tower" at the top of the ruined medieval castle.
Wednesday 4th September 2019
V&A Museum, Dundee
"Itís as if the earth and water had a long conversation and finally created this stunning shape. The design attempts to translate this geographical uniqueness into the building by creating an artificial cliff".
Standing centre stage will be the Scottish Design Galleries. Free to enter, these galleries showcase around 300 objects pulled from the outstanding V&A collections, as well as from numerous private collections and museums across Scotland.
Any special exhibitions will be at extra cost.

East Lothian Members' Centre of The National Trust for Scotland is a registered Scottish charity number SC026085.

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