We have just completed a superb week working with our amazing volunteers.
The week commenced on Sunday 20th November when we welcomed some National Trust Volunteers from Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s Farmhouse at Near Sawry. They enjoyed a tour of the castle conducted by Peter Frost-Pennington, a two course lunch served in the Billiard Room, followed by a visit to our daily Bird of Prey display. Afterwards, our visitors were invited back into the castle to meet with some of our own volunteers and hear about the work they have been doing throughout this year. The highlight of the afternoon was the unpacking of an old suitcase we had located a few weeks earlier and labelled children’s dresses and gentleman’s clothing. What an incredible and exciting experience for both ourselves and our visitors. The suitcase contained several girls dresses (Edwardian, we believe), 18th Century men’s clothing with breeches, coat, stockings & waistcoat along with pieces of intricate lace work. At the same time we also located the sweetest pair of little red shoes that belonged to Joan Ramsden (Iona Frost-Pennington’s Great Grandmother) when she was 4 years old, in 1885.
The week continued with our own volunteers working extremely hard completing condition reports – locating, describing & measuring each and every item in the castle. We made amazing progress, but we still have a very long way to go.
On Wednesday 23rd November, we invited anyone who might have an interest in volunteering in all areas at Muncaster (in the Gardens, the Hawk & Owl Centre or the Castle) to come along to hear about the volunteering opportunities we have available and to see the work that our current volunteers are undertaking. We were very pleased with turnout and have already signed up some of the people who attended.
Saying “Thank you” to our volunteers for their dedication and hard work for this past week, just does not seem to be enough, but we do truly appreciate all that they do and the time they commit to us. We did finish off our week with afternoon tea which we hope that everyone enjoyed.