Corfe Castle from the South seen through dawn mist. This is one of Britain’s most magnificent ruins and can be seen here with a graveyard in the foreground.



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Chairman’s Chat



Who would have thought that at the start of this pandemic our life as we knew it with the freedom to do and go everywhere we wanted would change so radically?  We all now have to think ahead and plan as to what we want to do and where we want to go as places have to be booked.


National Trust has had to change as well as the local Associations.  Our local properties have just started to open albeit in a different way.  It was very forward thinking of us to fund Virtual Tours of Max Gate and Clouds Hill not realizing how essential this would be after Lockdown.

Thank you for your continued support and continuing to renew your membership.  We have over 400 members who have stayed with us in our support of NT for which we Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


We have a small team on the Committee and sadly after Lockdown several members felt that they had served their term and we would like others to come forward.  As you will know several of the committee are doubling up roles as there are so few of us

We are therefore making a plea for more members to come forward to help in our support of our local National Trust.  All help is appreciated and you will not be turned away.  We all have a talent within us.  Initially we are looking for a Web Site person, our web site is in WordPress.  Do you have knowledge of this?  It would also be useful to transmit our talks via Zoom.  Are there any technical members out there?  Help is also needed on planning events

Plans for the future.  Our small Events team are planning on a Christmas Lunch and also Speaker events albeit with smaller room capacity and dependent on venues.


We have to be very mindful of the current rules and regulations of our venues but that doesn’t mean that our own responsibility goes by the board.  We must continue to take precautions as Covid is still out there.  It is especially important when we are among other people to take all the necessary steps to protect each other and ourselves by wearing masks and sanitizing frequently as well as partaking in the vaccinating programme if at all possible..


Keep safe

Remember – Mask Hands Distance Fresh Air


October 2021

Do please contact me if you have any queries about NTSDA either by email, on our web site or by phone.


Events are the mainstay of our funds which we generate in  Support of National Trust.    We could do with one or more members coming forward to help run events and working behind the scenes.

National Trust donations

It is always pleasing to see the fruits of our contribution to NT locally and last year was no exception by going to Max Gate and seeing the Tables and Chairs that they purchased for the garden and late last year your committee had a memorable visit to Clouds Hill to undertake the Brass Hill Rubbing Trail.  The sun shone throughout on which was a very enjoyable visit. I have subsequently taken my young grandsons on the trail and they enjoyed rubbing the posts too.  Clouds Hill will be open  in March 2020

NTSDA Committee attending the opening of the Brass Rubbing Trail at NT Cloud’s Hill


Our remit is ‘in support of National Trust’ we do this by running events and any monies raised we donate to the National Trust for specific projects.  This year NTSDA have donated monies for two Virtual Tours one to Cloud’s Hill and the other to Max Gate which will allow the less mobile to view what the cottage and house has within it.  These will be available later in the year.


.I would like a few more members to help with delivery for next time to save so many going in the post.  Areas required are Puddletown, Charminster, Portland and Chickerell.  Let me know if you can help and I can then slot you in to the Deliverers.  . With the price of postage going up it is important to keep our costs down by doing as much as we can ‘in-house’.  Many thanks to our volunteers who have come forward to delivery it is very much appreciated.

If you have any queries on the above please email:


have been to:


Garden furniture: 4 wooden garden tables and 16 wooden chairs for entertaining on the lawn: £1,250

New Max Gate garden chairs

New Max Gate garden chairs – by Marjorie Tait

Garden chairs

Garden chairs on a sunny day – by Meg Rolfe

Reminder about changes to Car Parking at National Trust Sites

For more information on car parking, the National Trust provide a useful summary of FAQs here

Portland House Open Days – 2019

Autumn Opening
Portland House, Belle Vue Road, Weymouth DT4 8RZ

Perching on the hillside overlooking Portland Harbour, Portland House is a stunning reminder of a glamorous bygone age. For three days only this Autumn, visitors are invited to walk up the palm-lined path and explore the house with its original Art Deco features. Booking is not required and entrance is free to NT members – remember to take your NT membership card. Please note there are steps both inside and outside the House and some uneven paths within the garden.

View from Portland House

View from Portland House – Photo by Brian Tait

Portland House - The Terace

Portland House – The Terace. Photo by Brian Tait


/one_half_last]In Autumn 2019 Portland House will be open to the public on the afternoon of Friday 4th October (2 pm – 5 pm), Saturday 5th October (from 11 am – 5 pm) and Sunday 6th October (from 11 am – 4 pm).

Please note:

National Trust South Dorset Association has withdrawn its requirement that applicants for membership be National Trust members or volunteers.  

Anyone who supports the aims of the National Trust may now apply for association membership.

Membership News:

Please remember that subscriptions fall due on 1st September.

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Please send your cheques payable to NT South Dorset Association (£4.00 single/£7.00 family membership) to the Membership Secretary

 Please email:  for contact details

Why not make a saving by paying by Standing Order (£3.00 single/£5.00 family membership)

We need your help!

We urgently need volunteers to join the Committee.  Our Secretary of many years Elizabeth will be stepping down in November please consider stepping up to join us.  Without new volunteers we will not have enough people to continue running the Association!  Plenty of assistance will be available.

If you are willing to help, please  email:

Thank you

Can we have your e-mail address, please?

From time to time the committee obtains details of Trust events which will be of interest to all members. We can only pass on this information to you quickly by email.

If you are willing for us to contact you in this way please send your e-mail address to

We will not pass on your address to any other organisation.