The Golden Cap Association (West Dorset) was founded in 1978 and has over 450 members. We support the work of the National Trust and offer activities such as talks; walks; coach visits; quizzes; lunches etc to make National Trust membership even more enjoyable. Membership is open to National Trust members and accredited volunteers.
We take our name from the highest cliff on the South Coast of England – The Golden Cap – which is of outstanding ecological and geological importance because of its size and diversity and is part of the Jurassic Coast.
On Stonebarrow Hill is a National Trust shop which is unique in that it is staffed purely by volunteers. It is open every day from Good Friday until the end of October (assuming that volunteers come forward to staff it). Drinks and sweets can be purchased from the shop and when it is open there is also access to a WC. Our 2013 donation to West Dorset NT paid for its complete refurbishment and was officially opened in May 2014.
We are independent of the National Trust but governed by a constitution common to all the charity's Centres and Associations. Our affairs are conducted by a committee elected at our Annual General Meeting held every March.
We are always pleased to welcome new members in particular those living within the geographical area of Beaminster, Bridport, Burton Bradstock, Lyme Regis and their environs but members are welcome from further afield. We are also eager to recruit people prepared to help with the organisation of our programme on either a regular or an ad-hoc basis.