Celebrating 20 years of the NTAB
Preparations have now started for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of our Association. First decisions have already been made so please save the date which is 21st October, 2017. The venue is the Château de Val Duchesse/Kasteel van Hertoginnedal, a place surrounded by a wonderful park with glorious ponds, in Auderghem/Oudergem. Celebrations will start at 3 o’clock.
NTAB was started 20 years ago, on the initiative of Tom Burr, an English NT member. Having noted that many of his fellow countrymen did not renew their NT membership once settled in Belgium, Tom Burr suggested the creation of a supporters’ group here. The idea was clear: keep alive the link between the NT members living in Belgium and the parent organization. Max Osterrieth, an Antwerp banker and devoted NT member, enthusiastically took up the idea in Belgium and shortly afterwards our association, the NTAB, was born. This was in 1997.Read more...
We are a voluntary association, founded in 1997, of National Trust members and supporters living in Belgium.
Our aim is to promote the work of the National Trust, as well as to organize social activities that make membership of the Trust more enjoyable for members living outside the United Kingdom.
We organize trips annually to NT properties in Britain as well as regular outings to places of interest in Belgium. These visits are guided in French or Dutch, depending on the region, and English (always available).
Any surplus we are able to generate through our activities is donated to the National Trust for a specific project, which we select.
We are a group of nearly 200 people including Britons and several other nationalities but the majority is Belgian. Most of us live in Belgium - anywhere from Ostend to Arlon - but some members live in the Netherlands and others in Luxembourg.
The National Trust works with more than 270 voluntary supporter groups, which provide support to the Trust in a large number of ways – physical, financial and promotional. Our Belgian Group NTAB is one of those supporter groups, listed in the NT Annual Report as ‘Belgium Association’.
Each year we reserve a major part of our financial surplus for a donation to NT properties in Britain. Traditionally we donate to properties that we were or will be visiting during our annual UK trip. We select the most suitable beneficiaries bearing in mind that we aim to give substantial exposure to our association and to support projects, preferably with a Belgian connection, for which we can see a tangible result.
At the Annual general meeting of 21 May 2016, our members approved the donation of €7110, about £6150) for support of properties in the Lake District: €2,440 to Sizergh Castle, €2,000 to Clandon Park and €2,670 to Fell Foot boathouse, to restore the damage from the recent flood.
For the year 2015 we donated €6000 - the equivalent to around £4300 - for Kingston Lacey (repair of glasshouses), Ham House (new trees), Washington Old Hall (property's wishlist) and Seaton Delaval Hall (garden seating).
Feudal castles and fortresses with their stories of battles and sieges between the English and the Welsh, stately homes, a brand-new gallery dedicated to William De Morgan’s ceramics, unusual churches, artefacts of an industrial past, magnificent gardens as well as “Capability” Brown’s last assignment, and a wall of not quite Chinese proportions (although it did stretch for 188 kilometres) are some of the things awaiting us on our 2017 UK Trip to the Welsh Marches and the West Midlands (June 20-25, 2017).
The geography and geology of these two regions has had an enormous influence on the socio-economic history of Great Britain for centuries, culminating in the 18th and 19th centuries with the Industrial Revolution. Today, the signs on the landscape are less obvious and we will be treated to breath-taking views, particularly in the Severn Valley around Shrewsbury and northwards along the Welsh border.
Do book the dates now and confirm your interest to us quickly as we only have a limited number of plane tickets available.
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IBAN: BE17 0016 2443 2021
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Another weekend in London is being organised for September 2017. This year we will travel to London by Eurostar on Friday 8th returning late afternoon on Monday 11th. As usual we will stay in the halls of residence of Imperial College in South Kensington, which offer simple, en-suite rooms. Local transport will be by coach on the Friday from St Pancras, and on Sunday. For the rest of the time we will use the underground.
The programme will include 18th and 19th century steam power and the house and park developed from the revenues of extensive coal mines (Syon Park), and Hampton Court, the palace of Cardinal Wolsey, with a return down the river.
In Highgate Cemetery (picture) are the tombs of the 19th century notables including Karl Marx from which we will go to one of the most visible signs of London’s multiculturalism, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, where we will also have a light Indian Lunch. To end on the Monday will be a guided walk through London’s Legal centre.
Our 2016 end of year’s event was held on Saturday December 10th, at the Boesdaalhoeve in Sint-Genesius-Rode/Rhode-St-Genèse.
On the programme was a vivid presentation, with pictures and music, on the British countryside in general and on the National Trust’s Holiday Cottage services in particular.
The National Trust is reputed for the upkeep and preservation of historic buildings, for maintaining gardens and landscapes. It is less well known that the NT also offers self-catering cottages for rent in stunning locations throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From gatehouses to castle watch towers, pretty cottages to cosy bothies, coastal retreats to estate lodges, you can find holiday opportunities full of character, surrounded by beautiful views.