Historic Yorkshire hall issues rallying cry for new volunteers

THE OWNERS of a historic North Yorkshire estate have issued a rallying cry to anyone looking for the chance to make a difference this new year.

Volunteer gardener Bob Mansfield working at Beningborough Hall. PIC: Tony Johnson

Staff at the National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall are recruiting willing volunteers to take on a number of roles, from welcoming visitors and bringing alive the hall’s history, to helping out in the shop, selling plants or even showing round school parties.

Ken Thompson, a volunteer in the hall for 10 years said, “I get a great deal of personal satisfaction from volunteering.

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“The main reason is I get to meet and have conversations with a wide range of people of all ages. It’s important to me to belong to a large team who work together and support each other; and the setting and ambience is spectacular.”

Richard Natt and William Smith work in the grounds of Beningbrough Hall. Picture Tony Johnson.

Volunteer manager Sue Jordan says, “One area we need more help is with social media and if that is something you enjoy, our marketing team would love to hear from you.

“ For other roles no qualifications are necessary, apart from the willingness to communicate with people.”

A recruitment open day will be held at the hall, just north of York, on Saturday from 9am to 11am.

Volunteer gardner Jenny Natt prunes the pear trees in the walled garden at Beningborough Hall, north of York. Picture Tony Johnson.
Richard Natt and William Smith work in the grounds of Beningbrough Hall. Picture Tony Johnson.
Volunteer gardner Jenny Natt prunes the pear trees in the walled garden at Beningborough Hall, north of York. Picture Tony Johnson.