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Snowshill Manor and Garden Volunteer Open Day

Snowshill Manor Saturday 30th January 2010 11.00 to 15.00
If you are looking to broaden your horizons, have fun and meet new people in 2010, volunteering at Snowshill Manor and Garden could be the answer.  And on Saturday 30th January, there’s a chance to meet staff and volunteers to find out more.
Snowshill Manor is famed for its fabulous collection of craftsmanship and idyllic hillside garden.  Staff and volunteers are now gearing up for re-opening to the public in March, and are looking for new faces to join their friendly team.
If you’re a people person, you might enjoy welcoming and engaging visitors as they go round the Manor and Garden.  Green-fingered geniuses may love being part of the garden team.  Bookworms might relish the chance to work in the second-hand bookshop.  Selling, building, cooking, organising – almost any skill can be put to use somewhere.  All that is needed is an enthusiastic, approachable and friendly manner, and some spare time.
Hayley Gaisford-Gotto, Property Manager said: "Our volunteers bring the Manor and Garden to life.  We need 15 of them each day just to open to the public, so they are the lifeblood of what we do, whether meeting and greeting our visitors or working behind the scenes.  It's sociable, good fun and very rewarding - which is why many of our volunteers come back year after year."
The Open Day takes place on Saturday 30th January in the restaurant at Snowshill Manor & Garden.  Potential volunteers can drop for tea/coffee and biscuits any time between 11am and 3pm when there'll be a chance to meet staff and volunteers.  There will also the rare chance to have a tour of the Manor when it’s closed to the public, and see how the team are progressing with vital conservation and cleaning work.  Anyone interested who can't make the Open Day should get in touch with Dominic Hamilton, Visitor Services Manager on 01386 842810 or email
Snowshill is no ordinary manor, as Charles Paget Wade was no ordinary Edwardian gentleman.  He filled this Cotswold stone house to the rafters - quite literally - with a huge and diverse collection of extraordinary craftsmanship.  From lowly fire buckets to exquisite ivory carvings, ancient musical instruments to Victorian toys, penny farthing bicycles to complete suits of Japanese armour, there's something to uncover in every room.  The stunning garden, set on the edge of the Cotswolds, is laid out as a series of 'outdoor rooms' and run on organic principles.
Snowshill Manor & Garden re-open to the public on Saturday 13 March.

Source:National Trust

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