New Helpers at Old Mansion

A VOLUNTEER recruitment evening has enlisted extra pairs of hands to welcome visitors to historic Woodchester Mansion in Stroud. 

VolunteersAlready there were 60 people acting as unpaid tour leaders, guide book sellers, minibus drivers and cafe waiters, waitresses and even washers-up at the mysterious, unfinished, Victorian Gothic building.

But now, after the successful special evening for potential volunteers on Tuesday (July 29th) another nine folk look set to sign on as fans of the extraordinary Grade One listed property. 

Retired research scientist Liz Davenport, a mansion volunteer herself, said the next step was for the new recruits to try working alongside an existing helper before they go it alone. 

Ms Davenport, from Wotton-under-Edge, has been a Woodchester Mansion volunteer for the past 12 years  She said: “I am fascinated by the house. I suppose I’ve caught the Woodchester Mansion bug”. 

Woodchester Mansion was mysteriously abandoned when workmen downed tools mid-construction in 1873 and its incomplete state offers a unique sight of traditional stone building techniques. 

Independent charity the Woodchester Mansion Trust now opens the building to the public but will never finish it. 

Mansion volunteers are always needed. To find out more: ask any Volunteer on an open day, call 01453 861541 or e-mail Hannah McCanlis 

August 2014

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