Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

Programme

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Date Event Contact
MONDAY 1st Jan Come along for a 5 mile walk around the countryside behind Anglesey Abbey. A chance to clear the head after the night before! Lop E.

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Recent events (from January 2016)

Date Event Contact
FRIDAY 1st Jan Social: Join Lop for a walk of approx. 5 miles around Anglesey Abbey, finishing with something hot in the Restaurant. John (Lop) E.
FRIDAY 1st Jan Social: Join Lop on his biennial walk around the countryside behind Anglesey Abbey, finishing with a bowl of warming soup in the restaurant. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 10th Jan Wimpole Gardens: Work to be confirmed nearer the time but there is always plenty that needs doing in the gardens. Val W.
SUNDAY 17th Jan Anglesey Abbey: Working on the estate. Exact task to be confirmed nearer the time Jenny M.
SUNDAY 24th Jan Ickworth: Our help is required in refurbishing the herbaceous borders and pruning the willow maze. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 31st Jan Oxburgh Hall: Woodland management, including improving the access to the woods. Tom H.
SUNDAY 14th Feb Hatfield Forest: Marsh restoration work, including the removal of woody regrowth. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 21st Feb Committee Meeting: To be held at the Head Gardener’s palatial potting shed following the task at Wimpole. Any committee member
SUNDAY 21st Feb Wimpole Gardens: Continuing with the task, not yet confirmed, which we started in January. Ian S.
SUNDAY 28th Feb Ickworth: Continuing with the refurbishment of the herbaceous borders and the pruning of the willow maze. Ruth S.
SUNDAY 6th Mar Houghton Mill: Our assistance is required to get the mill environs all spick and span, ready for the new season. There are also some signs to be installed. John (Lop) E.
SUNDAY 13th Mar Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse: It’s that time of year again when we give the Gatehouse its annual spring clean. Have your dusters and mops at the ready! We may also be required at Houghton Mill after if it had not been possible to finish the task held last week. Ian S.
SUNDAY 20th Mar Anglesey Abbey: Working on the estate. More details nearer the time. Alison B.
SUNDAY 3rd Apr Ickworth: A great start to the Spring programme with a trip over the county boundary into Suffolk to work in the grounds of this fascinating property. Ruth S.
SUNDAY 10th Apr Wimpole Gardens: Your chance to work alongside the Head Gardener and to see what is required of us on this occasion. Lop E.
SUNDAY 17th Apr Anglesey Abbey: Our first visit to Anglesey Abbey for a while so there should be plenty of jobs to keep us busy and out of mischief. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 24th Apr Peckover House: Our help is required with the clearance and thinning out of the overgrown sections of the estate. Tom H.
SUNDAY 8th May Oxburgh Hall: Some footpath work is needed in the formal gardens plus the removal of invasive vegetation from the meadows and, if there are enough of us, then possibly also some access improvement work in the woodland. Clyde S.
SUNDAY 15th May Ickworth: Our second visit to this property this quarter. Tasks to be ascertained nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 22nd May Committee Meeting – Wimpole: To be held at the Head Gardener’s palatial potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 22nd May Wimpole Gardens: More details of what we’ll be doing nearer the time. Keep an eye on your emails! Ian S.
SUNDAY 29th May Hatfield Forest: Our assistance is required to clear some of the rides and to open them up for walkers and horseriders. Tony H.
SUNDAY 5th Jun Social – Walk: Join Lop for an 8 to 10 mile walk through beautiful countryside which will be at its best at this time of year. And it won’t be raining either! Lop E.
SUNDAY 19th Jun Anglesey Abbey: Our second and final visit to this property this quarter. More details of the task nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 26th Jun Wimpole Gardens: There is always plenty that needs doing in the gardens at Wimpole. If you don’t believe it just come and see for yourself! Val W.
FRIDAY 8th - SUNDAY 10th Jul Working weekend away at Belton House: We shall be camping for 2 nights at this Lincolnshire property and working alongside the Head Gardener on Saturday and on Sunday morning. John (Lop) E.
SUNDAY 17th Jul Anglesey Abbey: Working on the estate – we’ll know what is required of us nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 24th Jul Wimpole Gardens: There’s always plenty needs doing in the gardens so come along to lend a hand. Ian S.
SUNDAY 31st Jul Social event: Join Clyde for a walk around Ely. The walk will be about 6 miles starting in Ely, along the Bishop’s Way taking in Little Downham. Start 10.30am returning to Ely for tea in the afternoon. Clyde S.
SUNDAY 7th Aug Oxburgh Hall: We have been called upon to assist the Warden with various estate management tasks around the estate. Tom H.
SUNDAY 14th Aug Hatfield Forest: Help is required with scrub clearance, cutting back of the rides and the removal of willow from marshy areas. John (Lop) E.
SUNDAY 21st Aug Committee Meeting – Wimpole: To be held at the Head Gardener’s palatial potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 21st Aug Wimpole Gardens: Our second trip of the summer to Wimpole. The gardens should be looking at their best about now so come along to help improve perfection! Alison B.
SUNDAY 4th Sep Social event: Cycle Ride: Come and join Tom for an intrepid cycle into the countryside. Phone Tom to find out where he’s planning to take us. Tom H.
SUNDAY 11th Sep Wimpole Gardens: Our third and final visit to Wimpole this quarter. More details of the work required of us nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 18th Sep Anglesey Abbey: This is a large property so there is always plenty that needs doing to keep it looking neat & tidy. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 2nd Oct Social event: Join Lop on a 10 mile walk somewhere! Lop (John) E.
FRIDAY 7th - SUNDAY 9th Oct Working weekend away: Come and join us for a weekend of conservation on the Calke Abbey estate in Derbyshire. Work to be confirmed but is likely to involve us continuing clearing the old quarry railway line which is being opened up as a footpath around the estate. Barbara C.
SUNDAY 16th Oct Our Annual General Meeting to elect a committee to run the group for the next 12 months. We have been promised a slide show this year so it should be an interesting evening. Any committee member
SUNDAY 16th Oct Wimpole Gardens: The Garden Vision project is beginning to make real progress now and the new area of the garden changes each time we visit it. Come along to see how the work is progressing. Ian S.
SUNDAY 23rd Oct Come and enjoy the autumn colours at Anglesey Abbey. Alison B.
SUNDAY 6th Nov Hatfield Forest: Help is required with burning scrub, cutting back of the rides and the removal of willow from marshy areas. Tony H.
SUNDAY 13th Nov Anglesey Abbey: There is always plenty that needs doing to keep the estate looking neat and tidy. Lop E.
SUNDAY 20th Nov Committee Meeting at Wimpole: To be held at the Head Gardener’s palatial potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 20th Nov Wimpole Gardens: Come and enjoy the fresh air, the company and some mild physical exercise. And make improvements to the gardens too! Kyle V.
SUNDAY 27th Nov The Warden at Oxburgh Hall has asked for our help to tidy and improve the environment of Home Covert Woodland on their estate. Tom H.
SUNDAY 4th Dec Peckover House: The gardens here are always a pleasant place to spend a Sunday and there is no reason to suppose this Sunday will be any different! Ian S.
SATURDAY 10th Dec Social: Christmas dinner at The White Hart, Fulbourn. Put the date in your diary! Paul H.
SUNDAY 11th Dec Wimpole Gardens: the final task of 2016.

Events in 2017

SUNDAY 1st Jan Social event: New Years Day Walk. Join Lop for a walk of approx 5 miles around the Wimpole Estate, finishing with something hot in the Restaurant. Lop E.
SUNDAY 1st Jan Social event: Join Lop for his annual New Year Day’s Walk. This year we shall be tackling a 5 or 6 mile circuit around the Wimpole Estate followed by a soup and a bun in the restaurant. Lop E.
SUNDAY 8th Jan Ickworth: Our help is needed to clear an historic pathway ready for contractors to access the site for a cyclepath on Albana Walk. Betty B.
SUNDAY 15th Jan Wimpole Gardens: Working in the gardens. Exact task to be confirmed nearer the time Val W.
SUNDAY 22nd Jan Ickworth: Continuing the work we started on our previous visit to clear an historic pathway. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 29th Jan Anglesey Abbey: to be confirmed nearer the time. Tom H.
SUNDAY 12th Feb Wimpole Estate: Working out on the parkland. Exact details nearer the time but chipping has been mentioned. Lop E.
SUNDAY 19th Feb Committee Meeting – Wimpole: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 19th Feb Wimpole Gardens: Our help is always appreciated at Wimpole and there is always plenty for us to get stuck into. Alison B.
SUNDAY 26th Feb Anglesey Abbey: Our second and final visit to this property this quarter. There should be a few snowdrops to admire this time. Ian S.
SUNDAY 5th Mar Ickworth: We have been asked to help with the pruning of the shrubs on the Albana Walk. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 12th Mar Houghton Mill: We are needed to help tidy up the environs of the mill and to prepare the camp site for the new season. Lop E.
SUNDAY 19th Mar Wimpole Gardens: Our third visit of the year to help Phil in the gardens. Exact tasks to be confirmed nearer the time. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 26th Mar Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse: It’s that time of year again when we give the Gatehouse its annual spring clean. Have your dusters and mops at the ready! We may also be required at Houghton Mill afterwards if it had not been possible to finish the tasks on the 12th. Ian S.
SUNDAY 2nd Apr A trip down the M11 to Hatfield Forest to help the rangers there cut back the overgrown rides to open them up for horseriders. Alison B.
SUNDAY 9th Apr Wimpole Gardens: Your chance to work alongside Phil, the Head Gardener, and to see what is required of us on this occasion. Ian S.
SUNDAY 23rd Apr The first of two visits to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. There is always plenty that needs doing at this extensive property. Lop E.
SUNDAY 7th May Join us as we head east to Ickworth which is just over the county boundary in Suffolk. The gardeners always find us interesting tasks to get stuck into. Tom H.
SUNDAY 14th May Committee Meeting – Wimpole: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 14th May Wimpole Gardens: Carrying on from where we left off in April. More details of what we’ll be asked to do nearer the time. Keep an eye on your emails! Val W.
SUNDAY 21st May Our second trip to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. Task to be advised nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 28th May Wimpole Estate: We’ll be working for Simon at out on the estate. Painting fences has been mentioned so don’t wear your best clothes! Betty B.
SUNDAY 4th Jun Social – Cycle Ride: Join Tom for a magical cycle trip around the lanes of rural Cambridgeshire. Exact route to be arranged nearer the time. Tom H.
SUNDAY 18th Jun Wimpole Gardens: There is always plenty that needs doing in the gardens at Wimpole. If you don’t believe it just come and see for yourself! Jenny M.
SATURDAY 24th - SUNDAY 25th Jun Our annual trip to Belton House, an interesting property just to the north of Grantham, where we’ll be helping the Head Gardener keep on top of his unruly plantings. We shall be camping in the grounds for two nights. Lop E.
SUNDAY 2nd Jul Our first visit to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. There’s always plenty that needs doing here so come along. All assistance gratefully received! Ian S.
SUNDAY 9th Jul We’ve witnessed major changes to Wimpole Gardens over recent years as new areas open up to the public. We shall be continuing with this work. Mark T.
SUNDAY 16th Jul Simon, the warden at Wimpole Estate, has asked for our help with painting fences. Let’s not disappoint him! Jenny M.
FRIDAY 21st - SUNDAY 23rd Jul Working Weekend: Our assistance has been sought for a major “bioblitz” being held along the Norfolk Coast. We’ll be based at Brancaster, meeting, greeting and liaising between the different groups working along the coast. Barbara C.
SUNDAY 30th Jul Social – Barcham Tree Nursery: Come and see how many different varieties of tree you can name. Clyde will be our guide and, if there’s time, he will also give us a short guided walk around Ely afterwards. Clyde S.
SUNDAY 6th Aug More fence painting is required at Wimpole, this time on the Farm. Val W.
SUNDAY 13th Aug Committee meeting, to be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task at Wimpole. Any committee member
SUNDAY 13th Aug Carrying on with the work we started in Wimpole Gardens last month. The Gardens should be at their best at this time of year, so come along for a free show! Lop E.
SUNDAY 20th Aug Ickworth: Another chance to visit this beautiful property just over the county boundary in Suffolk. We’ll know more about what is required of us nearer the time. Betty B.
SUNDAY 3rd Sep Our second visit to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. Come along – all help is gratefully received! Jenny M.
SUNDAY 10th Sep There is always plenty that needs doing in the gardens at Wimpole. If you don’t believe it just come and see for yourself! Val W.
SUNDAY 24th Sep Carrying on with the painting we started in July on the Wimpole Estate. Don’t wear your best clothes! Jenny M.
SUNDAY 1st Oct There’s always plenty that needs doing at Anglesey Abbey, so come along. All assistance will be gratefully received! Val W.
SUNDAY 8th Oct AGM at Wimpole: Our Annual General Meeting is where members have a chance to discuss matters relating to the group and to elect a committee for the coming year. All welcome to come along. Any committee member
SUNDAY 8th Oct We’ve witnessed major changes to Wimpole Gardens over recent years as new areas open up to the public. This task will be continuing with this work. Tom H.
SUNDAY 15th Oct We haven’t been to Wicken Fen for quite a while so it will be good to revisit this interesting part of the Fens, famous for its Konik ponies. We will be planting hawthorns at Gutter Bridge to fill in gaps in a hedge. Alison B.
SUNDAY 22nd Oct Hatfield Forest: We’ll be working in this ancient forest, probably cutting back the rides to keep them open for horseriders. Jenny M.
FRIDAY 27th - SUNDAY 29th Oct Working weekend away at Orford Ness: We shall be spending these two days helping the warden out on this shingle spit which is on the east coast. Come and see this fascinating site with its unique combination of wild nature and unexploded ordnance! Clyde S.
SUNDAY 12th Nov We’ll probably be working in the gardens at Peckover House but the details will be circulated nearer the time. Ian S.
SUNDAY 19th Nov Committee Meeting – Wimpole: To be held at the Head Gardener’s palatial potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 19th Nov Carrying on with the work we started in October at Wimpole Gardens. There’s always plenty that needs doing here. Lop E.
SUNDAY 26th Nov Our second visit to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. We’ll know more about what is required of us nearer the time. Pete J.
SATURDAY 2nd Dec Social: CNTV Christmas Party! Bring some food to share - contact Mark to see what is needed. Mark T.
SUNDAY 10th Dec The last task before Christmas. And a chance to see Wimpole Hall which will be all dressed up for the festive season. Alison B.

A selection of older events may be found in our programme archive.