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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:JANUARY/FEBRUARY


WHY NOT TRY ON A DIFFERENT HAT AT


WORDSWORTH HOUSE WORDSWORTH HOUSE AND GARDEN


New Year, New Interest


Upcoming Events: Friday 2nd February: Barney Norris Tickets £5.00. Thursday 22nd February: Joanna Trollope Tickets: £8.00. Tickets available online or from the shop


John Conlon volunteers as a room guide at Wordsworth House


If you are looking for a fresh challenge in 2018 and have a bit of time to spare, volunteering for the National Trust at Wordsworth House and Garden or in the spectacular North Lakes countryside could be the perfect role.


As well as helping a fantastic charitable cause, volunteering is a great way to make new friends, use your skills, learn new ones or broaden your CV.


Poet William’s childhood home in Cockermouth is looking is people to donate a few hours once a week or fortnight. Opportunities include welcoming and chatting to visitors as room and exhibition guides, leading house tours, selling raffle tickets, helping in the café and playing the replica harpsichord.


Zoe Gilbert, Wordsworth House’s visitor experience manager, said: “You don’t need to be a history or literature expert – although those things would be a bonus. All it takes is a warm, friendly manner and a willingness to get involved, as full training is provided.”


Retired solicitor John Conlon, who joined the team last spring as a room guide, said: “I feel privileged to be a volunteer at Wordsworth’s birthplace, which is a historic treasure. Spending time there lets me combine my interest in the Romantic poets and the Georgian period with meeting and talking to many of the visitors.


“The affection they hold for Wordsworth House and their knowledge and interest in the story of the Wordsworths is really quite remarkable.”


If you prefer spending time in beautiful places outdoors, the Trust’s North Lakes team is looking for help opening Derwent Island House, Force Crag Mine and a climbers’ bothy at Ashness Bridge to the public, as well as at events such as Derwent Water Regatta and on Easter egg hunts.


Anne Hasson, who volunteers at the bothy, said: “I really enjoy my days there, and you meet such lovely and interesting people.”


To find out how you could get involved, pop into Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake on Thursday 8th or Saturday 17th February between 10.00am and 1.00pm for a chat with a member of the North Lakes team. Alternatively, email northlakes@nationaltrust.org.uk or see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer.


For more information on volunteering at Wordsworth House and Garden, drop into the house for coffee and a chat between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Tuesday 6th or


Saturday 10th February,


wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk. WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


or email


t. 01900 822062 | 42-44 Main Street Cockermouth | www.newbookshop.co.uk


Start a new conversation


as a National Trust volunteer – indoors or out Join us for a chat about ways to share your skills, learn new ones and meet interesting people. Drop in any time between 10am and 1pm: * Tuesday 6 or Saturday 10 February Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth * Thursday 8 or Saturday 17 February Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Call 01900 824805 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer


#nationaltrust


When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places for ever, for everyone.


© National Trust 2017. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Photography © National Trust Images\Jonathan McMeekin. ISSUE 422 | 25 JANUARY 2018 | 37


Photo: Jonathan McMeekin


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