Who We Are

We are a National Trust supporter group; the National Trust needs our support more than ever under the current circumstances. As a member of SoFA we are able to support some local properties with the annual subscription. To join us please request an application form via our Contact Form. The cost of the annual subscription is £10 per person.

Through donations and volunteer activities, we support National Trust properties in the Southport and Formby area of Merseyside and Lancashire.

Governance

Below is an extract from our constitution to illustrate what we do and how we are managed.

OBJECTIVES

As a National Trust Supporter Group we aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • To promote social activities to make a National Trust membership more enjoyable
  • To promote and support the work of the National Trust

FUNCTIONS

  • To arrange meetings, talks, outings, holidays and other events
  • To raise funds, to invite contributions and legacies for the National Trust
  • To promote and publicise the National Trust
  • To exchange information and advice and to cooperate with other organisations for mutual benefit

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to:

  • A fully paid-up member of the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland or a spouse or partner of a National Trust Life Member
  • National Trust Volunteers
  • A paid-up member of an affiliated overseas organisation
  • National Trust staff
SoFA 50th Birthday - National Trust Supporter Group

50th Birthday

During 2021 SoFA was to celebrate a special birthday, we were 50 years old. Prior to Covid, the committee had started to plan various events to celebrate this milestone. Like everything due to lockdown this did not happen. We are pleased to announce that a birthday celebration has now been arranged for Wednesday 06 April 2022. Details of the event is in the SoFA Spring Magazine which is being distributed to members very soon.

Speaker Meetings

Normally we organise monthly speaker meetings, held at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport. Since March 2021 we were holding speaker meetings via Zoom. In September 2021 Face to Face Speaker meetings were resumed. However, because the Royal Clifton shut its doors, due to Covid just before our December meetings, they were suspended yet again. As of 08 March 2022 we will hold our first ‘face to face’ event of this year. We will be entertained by the Wayfarers Chorus, at the Prince of Wales Hotel. Please see our events page for more information.

Social Events

SoFA Coffee Mornings - National Trust Supporter Group

Twice a year we held Coffee Mornings for a more relaxed informal event, either at the United Reform Church in Formby or at the Royal Clifton Hotel.

As soon as lockdown was relaxed we resumed our usual activities and held a coffee morning in September 2021. A further Coffee morning has been arranged for May 2022. Our events page we will be updated and our members will receive information through our Spring magazine and via email.

We have members’ meals about two times a year; one in August and the other during December to celebrate Christmas.

SoFA Outings and Coach Trips -National Trust Supporter Group

Throughout the year we arrange regular daily outings to various National Trust and other locations, with coffee stops on the way. Members’ holidays are also planned and we hope that two of these will be going ahead during 2022. These holiday events are very popular and become booked up quickly.

To keep everyone connected we have commenced members’ Zoom meetings. Please see our Events Page for more details on the upcoming talks.

Keep visiting our SoFA website for up to date information. Are you interested in joining us? If so please contact us using our Contact Form.