Celebrating 50 Years – Weston on the look out for an historical helping hand

Weston Park, the magnificent stately homes on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border is actively seeking people of all ages and backgrounds to join its team of volunteers. This year Weston celebrates 50 years since Gerald, the 6th Earl of Bradford opened the estate to the public.  Now owned and maintained by the Weston Park Foundation, an independent educational charity, volunteers to the estate can contribute to the on-going conservation, preservation and restoration of the estate in a wide variety of roles. Roles include house guides, room stewards, art gallery assistants and gardeners.  One area in particular is that of the Learning Department who welcome over 7,000 school children a year for curriculum based learning. Enthusiasm and the commitment of a few spare hours are all that Weston Park are looking for.  In return volunteers will discover the secrets of the homes hidden treasures, learn new skills, meet people with similar interest and enjoy a wide range of benefits including discounts and free entry to certain events. Besides being open to visitors during the summer months Weston is a leading events venue delivering a wide range of experiences from national outdoor events such as the Midland Game Fair and the V Festival to hosting weddings, private house parties and conferences – all of which give ample opportunity for volunteers to get involved all year round on the estate. Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning at the estate comments: “Sharing Weston with so many visitors from all ages and backgrounds takes both time, patience and commitment – but is great fun and immensely rewarding. “We have an existing team of over 100 volunteers whose passion and commitment to the work that we do here is fantastic however we would love to add to their number.” For further information on volunteering at Weston Park please visit www.weston-park.com or call Christopher Madeley on 01952 852130 for a chat.