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National Trust recruiting volunteers

PUBLISHED: 12:04 17 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:55 20 February 2013

National Trust recruiting volunteers

National Trust recruiting volunteers

Two National Trust places in the Cotswolds are providing opportunities for people to find out what is involved with volunteering for the charity

National Trust recruiting volunteers

Two National Trust places in the Cotswolds are providing opportunities for people to find out what is involved with volunteering for the charity.

Newark Park, near Wotton-under-Edge, and Chedworth Roman Villa near Cirencester are both holding open days to highlight how people can benefit from volunteering.

Chedworth will be open seven days a week from March this year and, thanks to the newly built conservation shelter allowing recently excavated mosaics to be on display and is expected to be especially busy.

We have opportunities for people to help us in all areas of the villa. We are looking for people to help at reception, retail and catering, with groups, showing visitors the mosaics and explaining the new building we can provide all sorts of experience, says Edward Armsden from the National Trust.

Anybody interested is welcome to attend a presentation at Chedworth on the morning of January 19 or February 4 when they will be able to find out more and meet National Trust Head of Archaeology David Thackray who will be giving a talk on the history and development of Chedworth Roman Villa, as well as leading a tour of the site.

The programme for the two open mornings commences at 9.30am for coffee and finishes at 1pm.

Because of its remote location, Chedworth is not served by public transport so anybody wanting to volunteer will need their own transport, although we do offer some expenses for travel, adds Edward.

Newark Park is holding a volunteer open day on Saturday, January 21, from 10.30am-2.30pm, with the chance to meet the staff and find out whats involved in working there.

The drop-in event is intended to find enthusiastic new faces to join the existing team for the start of the 2012 season at this celebrated National Trust house.

With so much going on, explains Jenny Rogers, House and Visitor Experience Manager, were looking for new volunteers to join our already dedicated team. As well as opportunities for extra room guides in the house, were also looking for help greeting visitors in our new reception area. Outdoors, we hope to offer more garden tours and reinvigorate neglected parts of the landscape so were keen to find volunteer gardeners and garden guides. There are also roles for volunteers to serve tea and cake to our visitors, help out in the gift shop, and assist us in our busy office.

Newark Park has something to offer everyone, whatever their passion, in some of the most enchanting surroundings imaginable. Working here enables people to make new friends and develop all manner of skills, while helping to preserve this extraordinary place forever, for everyone.

The 2012 season kicks off outside in February with its celebrated snowdrop weekends: the spectacular carpet of white flowers in the wooded gardens is not to be missed. The house itself will, as of this year, be opening four days a week (Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun) from March 1, with additional rooms on show for the first time and a whole new presentation for visitors.

For further information, please call Newark Park on 01453 842 644 or email John Terry (Volunteer Co-ordinator at Newark Park): john.terry@nationaltrust.org.uk

Newark Park House, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7PZ.

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