National Trust's Arlington Court needs you

PUBLISHED: 10:40 13 January 2015

Living history volunteers

Living history volunteers

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Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum are looking for new volunteers to join their ranks for 2015.

Garden Volunteers and StaffGarden Volunteers and Staff

Arlington Court in North Devon has been a home to the Chichester family for over 600 years.

The estate was left to the National Trust in 1949 by Miss Rosaline Chichester and since then the grounds have become part of the National Trust Carriage Museum.

The estate and grounds are now carefully looked after by 200 local volunteers, who get involved with a variety of activities to help bring Arlington back to life.

Some of the activities the volunteers get involved with include working with the Exmoor and Shetland ponies, room guiding around the house and carriage museum, selling raffle tickets, decorating the estate for the holidays and helping with the conservation work.

Volunteer working with Tyler the horseVolunteer working with Tyler the horse

Volunteers at Arlington Court get a chance to learn about the history of the Chichester family, the house and the carriage museum.

They can go to coffee morning chats which are held throughout the season to learn about specific aspects of Arlington estate and enjoy trips to other National Trust properties.

Sue Dyer, a volunteer at Arlington Court says: “When starting at Arlington I was immediately impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone I met, both volunteers and staff.

“The volunteers come in various shapes, sizes and backgrounds and are a happy group of individuals, some with many years’ volunteering experience. Volunteering is a very good way of seeing how a property is run from the inside and I can certainly recommend it.”

Arlington Court is holding recruitment sessions for volunteers that will run from 16 to 22 February from 11am to 1pm. For more information go to the Arlington Court website.

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