Rotary Club of Reading

The National Trust

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Sebastian gave us a background to the birth of the National Trust by Founders Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley in 1884. The National Trust Act came into being in 1907 defining the purpose of the National Trust.
The first Property was acquired in 1895, five acres of Donas Oleu in Wales. Alfriston Clergy House was purchased in 1896 for just 10. The first Nature Reserve came on board in 1899 - two acres at Wicken Fen. Funds were later raised in 1902, for the purchase of Brandelhow on Derwent Water Many contributing including Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria. Great Gable a peak in the Lake District in 1923, at Stonehenge,1400 acres of farm land were purchased in 1927 (National Heritage manage Stonehenge itself)
Beatrix Potter lent her support, using her income from her children's books, to support NT work in the Lake District. The 1990 saw the Lake District appeal for funds from Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The more unusual Acquisitions are the Gondola - a superb steam boat based on Lake Coniston, The Beatles Homes a Workhouse and a row of back to backs in Birmingham.
Membership to the National Trust topped the 5 million this year and there are 6000 staff and over 70,000 volunteers.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening with no Trick or Treaters to be seen!

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