Discover the local group that organises day trips to some of the country’s most historic sites, writes Peter Hunt
At Enfield National Trust Association (ENTA) we are interested in preserving and promoting our heritage.
Although independent of the National Trust, we raise funds for the benefit of its properties – whether great houses, castles, moors, heath, coast or beaches.
We do this with a large variety of events, including monthly afternoon and evening meetings with speakers covering subjects as diverse as the London Air Ambulance, the life of pioneering pilot Amy Johnson, and history of the Royal Ballet.
Now in our 42nd year, ENTA hosts afternoon meetings at Holtwhites Sports and Social Club and evening meetings at Enfield Grammar School. Our summer coach outings for 2019 will include visits to The Red House in Bexley, Down House in Bromley, Peckover House and Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, and a trip along the River Thames. London outings have been arranged for the London Transport Depot in Acton, John Wesley’s House in Shoreditch, a guided tour of The City’s courtyards and alleyways, and the Cinema Museum in Kennington.
We also have monthly lunches in various local pubs and restaurants, which are very popular, not forgetting shows at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury and The Mill in Sonning, Berkshire. Christmas lunches have included Waddesdon Manor, Hever Castle and Blenheim Palace.
The funds we raise for the National Trust – several thousand pounds each year – have provided items such as electric buggies, garden tools for volunteers, garden benches, signage, and even a brand new bird hide at Flatford Mill.
Our current membership numbers more than 300 and the annual fee is only £13 per person, or £22 for two at the same address. This entitles you to attend seven afternoon and nine evening meetings, and receive four newsletters detailing our programme. You may attend any meeting, without becoming a member, for £2 – but we hope you will join us! Why not come along to a meeting and see for yourself what we’re all about?
For more information about Enfield National Trust Association:
Call 020 8353 1568