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Our EVENTS page has been updated with new dates for your diary.

If you have volunteered with us before, you know how to get in touch. If you haven’t volunteered with us before, get in touch for more info – go to our CONTACTS PAGE and our web fairy will put you in touch with us.

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Our EVENTS page has been updated with new dates for your diary.

If you have volunteered with us before, you know how to get in touch. If you haven’t volunteered with us before, get in touch for more info – go to our CONTACTS PAGE and our web fairy will put you in touch with us.

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Happy New Volunteer Year to all our volunteers and supporters. We haven’t been resting over Christmas, we’ve been busy putting together a packed work programme for the first four months of the year. Did you get a new diary or calendar? Yes? Great – now you can go to our EVENTS page and fill your diary with workdays. We can promise there will be bonfires, we can promise there will be cake. We can’t promise that the weather will be kind to us every week, but we are rarely put off by the weather so most of the listed workdays will go ahead: hail, rain or shine.

If you have volunteered with us before, you know how to get in touch. If you haven’t volunteered with us before, what are you waiting for? Come out for the day and see if you like it, we don’t bite….much! Go directly to our CONTACTS PAGE and our web fairy will put you in touch with us.

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Hello all

We have reached the end of our first working month of the year and it has been a busy one, with challenging working conditions.

We started the month on Saturday 5th at Benthall Hall. The task involved cutting down old fruit trees and sycamore and burning the evidence on a bonfire. This is perfect work for the time of year: gets us working hard from the outset with the promise of a bonfire to keep us warm. There was a good turnout and we were rewarded with a hot meal at the end of the day. We had our tea break and meals in style as we were allowed to use the Hall as our base – perhaps the scruffiest group to eat around the table since it was crafted in the 1600s?

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Benthall Hall

The weather turned from mild to cold for our workday on Sunday 13th, where a hardy group headed out to Wenlock Edge where we continued to open up a viewpoint on one of the many walks through the woods. The immense size of our bonfire created spring like conditions where we were working, despite the fact that the temperature didn’t rise much above freezing elsewhere.

…and then it snowed…but we were not put off

After a two year break, we returned to Shugborough on Sunday 26th. Shugborough is home to “The Great Yew”, listed as the largest evergreen crown in Britain and Ireland. We gave the yew a trim, not a chop! With snow on the ground, there was also time for a little fun.

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Trimming The Great Yew

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Shugborough snow

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Crikey, it’s another year and we are off to a flying start. Two workdays under our belts already and a new programme waiting in the wings to take us through until the end of April.

2012 was an excellent year for the group. Our volunteer hours were up on the previous year and we added a new site, Benthall Hall, to our ever expanding Empire! We took on new challenges and welcomed volunteers, old and new, to a varied programme of workdays. We aim to continue the good work throughout 2013 and our current programme of workdays shows how busy we will be in the first part of the year. Legend has it that the group used to work on Sundays…as you can see, to fit in all the workdays we now do a lot of work on Saturdays, and even the occasional Friday. So there is no excuse for not coming out and doing some work in the great outdoors.

Would you like further details about the group or details about any of the workdays? Perhaps you’d like to tell us how good our website is (or not!). You can contact us via this website on our contact page.

We’ll leave you with a nice relaxing photo taken at our January 5th workday at Benthall Hall. We like to take our tea-breaks in style.

Benthall Hall

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hello….are you there? We’ve been Missing In Action for a couple of months. Sorry. Lazy. Been busy cutting things, burning things and eating cake (what else would would we be doing?!).

What’s been going on with SSNTV?

We’ve had 16 workdays since the last web update. We headed north to Biddulph Grange and south to The Weir, visited old favourites (Morville and Dudmaston) and found our way to a new property (Benthall Hall).

Benthall is a real joy and the work is ideal for our group. Our first project is helping clear an overgrown path which stretches from the Benthall estate, downhill towards Ironbridge and the River Severn. In the near future, it is hoped that the restored path will be designated as a bridleway.

As we now approach the end of October, SSNTV look forward to a busy autumn and winter programme. You can find details of all our workdays on the EVENTS page.

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Sunday 5th August 2012
Report from Peter Orme

The first Sunday in August saw six group members turn up at Biddulph Grange Gardens for the first SSNTV workday there for eighteen months.

We were warmly welcomed by Paul the Head Gardener and Big John one of the gardeners who was to be with us all day.

The work we were expecting to do involved opening up a path that had not been used for over twenty years leading to a garden feature. Unfortunately the work to restore the feature had been put on hold so the path was not to be opened for reasons we could not fully understand.

The alternative task was weeding a flower bed with a little light pruning of some willow plus mulching by the gate used by residents of the exclusive housing development next door to the gardens. The task looked small and not that inspiring for a team that had come for destruction but amazingly the work took all day. Despite John not having to use either a saw or loppers he actually commented at the end of the day that he had enjoyed himself. At lunchtime we were concerned we would run out of work but in fact were kept busy until 15.45 when we ran out of bark chippings. It was amazing how much we had achieved and it showed!

Big John and Paul were amazed at the amount of work we completed and as we had tea and cake in the tea rooms Paul came and told us one of the residents had already rang to say thank you for the improvements to the entrance.

Altogether another enjoyable rain free day with cake and friendly staff.

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