Volunteers needed for quirky National Trust house

PUBLISHED: 16:34 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:45 14 April 2010

A LA RONDE, the National Trust s quirky 18th century 16-sided house near Exmouth, needs volunteers throughout the week, from March to October, to help bring its history to life.

A LA RONDE, the National Trust's quirky 18th century 16-sided house near Exmouth, needs volunteers throughout the week, from March to October, to help bring its history to life.

To give prospective volunteers an idea of what is involved an open morning is being held on Wednesday, January 21 from 10.30am.

An informal tour of the house with some of its volunteers, and a chat over coffee in the Mary-Jane tea room are planned.

House steward, Nicola Perryman said, "Volunteering can be so rewarding and interesting. We are offering this opportunity to anyone interested to come along and have a chat with the staff and volunteers, in an informal setting."

She is looking primarily for volunteers to take on the role of room guide at A la Ronde.

"Room guides really help to bring the house to life by talking to our visitors about the objects on display and the characters from its past," she said.

"By engaging with our supporters the interesting stories of A la Ronde are shared.

"We are also looking for a volunteer gardener and a property handy person to assist us on a regular basis.

"If you enjoy the outdoors and are very handy with a tool box then we would be pleased to meet you."

As well as welcoming visitors some volunteers enjoy researching the history of the house and its people stories, while some help in conservation work during the winter, updating room folders, with events and craft activities and in the shop and garden.

There is a social side to being a volunteer, as monthly coffee mornings and afternoon tea and talks and outings are held on closed days.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can visit A la Ronde weekends between February 28 and March 8 from 11am or Saturday to Wednesday from March 14.

Volunteers are fully trained and can have travel expenses reimbursed.


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