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Volunteer Hours 2014/2015

This year we find the group celebrating it’s 35th Birthday. We will celebrate with a huge bonfire party later this year. It’s great to hear that the group continues to contribute a significant number of volunteer hours to the National Trust. Our volunteer hours and stats for the year September 2014 to August 2015 were announced on Saturday, during our AGM. The results are always impressive – lots of hard work translates into a huge number of volunteer hours for the National Trust.

Figures are from 1st Sept 2014 to 31st Aug 2015:

  • total volunteer hours 3,027.25
  • 60 people volunteered with the group
  • we arranged 62 workdays at 13 different National Trust properties
  • average number of volunteers per workday  8

Where did we spend our time? The top 3 sites measured by hours worked are as follows:

  • Dudmaston (gardens and woodland)
  • Wenlock Edge
  • Benthall Hall

Matt Hinton topped the hours chart again this year with 309.75hours. Well done Matt.

A big thank you to all who contributed volunteer hours and to those who do committee work and workday leading, ensuring that the group continues to flourish.

 

If you’d like to add a few volunteer hours to next year’s total, why not join us for a workday? Our current list of workdays can be found on our EVENTS page. Pick a day and CONTACT US. Let’s make the coming year a bigger and better success.

 

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.

Age doesn’t matter

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Today’s workday at Wenlock Edge proved that age really doesn’t matter. Ron Murdoch brought his eldest grandson, Hugh, to his first workday with SSNTV. Hugh soon found that, despite the 50 year age gap, Grandad had the edge in terms of stamina. Some say it is due to a diet of prunes and Red Bull – I can’t confirm what fuels Ron’s workrate. If you’d like to try your luck competing with Ron please join us on a workday soon.

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It’s been another cracking year at Shropshire and Staffordshire NT Volunteers.

What did we get up to? Nothing much…unless you count the fact that we’ve organised over 60 workdays in 2014, including one working holiday to Northumberland and 3 working weekends in Shropshire. A busy year!

We are pleased to have welcomed so many new volunteers to the group this year but there is always room for more. If you are interested in joining us for a workday, please see our current list of EVENTS and get in touch at ssntv.co.uk.

Thank you to everyone who supported our work this year –

– all those who volunteered

– everyone who led workdays and took on behind-the-scenes roles

– National Trust staff and volunteers throughout the Region

…and to everyone who supported us by taking an interest in our work.

Thank you all. We hope that you have a healthy and happy 2015.

 

 

 

Our EVENTS page has been updated with new dates for your diary from November 2014 through to the beginning of March 2015.

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.

Ron Murdoch led a varied workday at Dudmaston last weekend. He sends this report:

The Group were at Dudmaston on 5th October, but not for the usual cut and burn ….. this time there was a choice of jobs. One team did reed pulling in the main pool – to see how much could be achieved in an hour to assess how long the full job would take. Then there were two huge heaps of brash to be burned – one ‘lady-like’ controlled fire and one ‘pile it on as fast as you can’ fire. Finally, we did some rockery clearance revealing part of the rock structure which has been hidden for so long.

Nb the Group may be involved in further work on the redevelopment of the rockery during the winter.

 

Dudmaston - brash clearance. before, after and burnt!

Dudmaston – brash clearance. before, after and burnt! (photos: Ron Murdoch)

 

We also received a message of thanks from Marcus Halliwell, National Trust general manager:

“I walked across the Garden at Dudmaston yesterday and noticed the great progress on the Rockery. Thank you for your hard work, it is really fantastic to see this structure revealed for the first time in years- What an exciting project!”

 

Dudmston rockery uncovered (photos: Mags Carter)

Dudmston rockery uncovered (photos: Mags Carter)