Due to high demand membership is now closed for this season. It will reopen on 1st July 2024. Be sure to renew early.

Eastbourne Ashridge Circle|Founded 1947

About Us

The Eastbourne Ashridge Circle was formed in 1947 by Mrs Helen Newman, an Eastbourne resident.  She was inspired to do so by her pre-war studies at Ashridge College, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, an educational centre set up to provide courses to adults on ‘democratic citizenship’, covering economics and political and social science.

Our object is to promote good citizenship primarily in East Sussex through the holding of talks on a diverse range of subjects aimed at enhancing knowledge of the world past and present. We have no political affiliations and no bias towards any sectional interests. We are a registered charity No. 1201658.

Over the years the society has developed in scope and prestige.  It has expanded its membership to around 1700, making it one of the largest lecture groups in the country. The talks are held in the comfort of the newly refurbished Congress Theatre, the largest theatre on the south coast.

The Eastbourne Ashridge Circle is independent and managed entirely by a committee of volunteers elected annually by members. Mutual friendliness and sociability are the Circle’s watchwords and formality is kept to a minimum. New volunteers are always welcome and can express their interest through our contact page.

Please take a read through our Constitution. You can also view our data protection policy here.

OFFICERS 2023 – 2024


Richard Wells


Alan Wenham

07570 820870


Jeni King


Tina Shingler

Programme Secretary

Michael Clarke

01323 647340

Membership Secretary

Alan Packard

01323 504019

General enquiries

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Chief Steward

Tim Hancock


Anita Dixon


Brian Waters

Hon. Auditor

Carol Parks