Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

Programme

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Date Event Contact
SUNDAY 23rd Sep Houghton Mill: Another chance to visit the mill and to assist with conservation tasks around the site. Ian S.
SUNDAY 30th Sep We have carried out many interesting tasks on the Wimpole Farm over the years. We’re sure this Sunday will be just as constructive! Ian S.

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Recent events (from January 2017)

Date Event Contact
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 Wimpole Gardens: Our help is always appreciated at Wimpole and there is always plenty for us to get stuck into. Alison B.
SUNDAY 19th Feb Committee meeting – Wimpole: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
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 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 14th May Committee meeting – Wimpole: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
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 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 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 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 Carrying on with the work we started in October at Wimpole Gardens. There’s always plenty that needs doing here. Lop E.
SUNDAY 19th Nov Committee meeting – Wimpole: To be held at the Head Gardener’s palatial potting shed following the task. Any committee member
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.

Events in 2018

MONDAY 1st Jan Social – New Year Walk: 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.
SUNDAY 14th Jan 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. Pete J.
SUNDAY 21st Jan We’ve been invited over to Wicken Fen to assist with some hawthorn hedge management at Gutterbridge. Alison B.
SUNDAY 28th Jan On this task, we will be clearing scrub from around a scheduled ancient monument at Wicken Fen (so no jokes about the committee please!) Kyle V.
SUNDAY 4th Feb A return to Wicken Fen to either carry on where we left off in January or to assist elsewhere on the Fen. Pete J.
SUNDAY 11th Feb We’ll probably be cutting back the laurels on the Albana Walk at Ickworth. Tony H.
SUNDAY 18th Feb Carrying on with the work in Wimpole Gardens that we started in January. There’s always plenty that needs doing! John (Lop) E.
SUNDAY 18th Feb Committee meeting: To be held at the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task at Wimpole. Any committee member
SUNDAY 25th Feb Our first task at Anglesey Abbey this programme. We’ll know more about what is required of us nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 4th Mar Spring is starting to spring so our help is required to get the gardens at Peckover looking their best for the year ahead. Ian S.
SUNDAY 18th Mar A return to Wimpole Gardens. We’ll know more about the work nearer the time. Val W.
SUNDAY 25th Mar There’s always plenty that needs doing at Anglesey Abbey. Come along to see for yourself! Tom H.
SUNDAY 8th Apr Wimpole Estate: A return trip to the moated site on Cobb’s Farm, where we were working in the winter, to continue with tidying up the site. Val W.
SUNDAY 15th Apr Wimpole Gardens: Your chance to work alongside Philip, the Head Gardener, and to see what is required of us on this occasion. Betty B.
FRIDAY 20th - SUNDAY 22nd Apr Weekend Task at Clumber Park: Our first trip to foreign parts this year (well, Notts anyway). We’ll be working alongside the countryside rangers at this impressive NT property on Saturday and also Sunday morning. There will also be a chance to look around the estate. Lop E.
SUNDAY 29th Apr Our first trip to Anglesey Abbey this programme. There’s always plenty that needs doing here. Alison B.
SUNDAY 13th May Carrying on from where we left off at Wimpole Gardens in April. Lop E.
SUNDAY 13th May Committee meeting – Wimpole: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 20th May Wicken Fen is always a fascinating place to spend time and the work here is always varied and interesting. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 27th May The second of three visits to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. We’ll know what the work will be nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 3rd Jun A return to Wimpole Gardens to carry on where we left off in May – probably! Ian S.
SUNDAY 10th Jun There is always plenty of work to be found around the grounds at Ickworth. If you don’t believe it just come and see for yourself! Alison B.
SUNDAY 17th Jun Our final trip to Anglesey Abbey on the current programme. We’ll know what’s wanted of us nearer the time. Val W.
SATURDAY 23rd - SUNDAY 24th Jun This is the weekend of the annual scything event, held in the grounds of Wimpole. We will be on hand to assist where required. That might involve hay-raking and/or meeting the public. Barbara C.
SUNDAY 1st Jul Our first trip to Wimpole Gardens this quarter. There’s always plenty to keep us busy here. Pete J.
SUNDAY 8th Jul We’ve been asked to pay our first summer visit to Houghton Mill so come along to do something useful and to top up your tan! Lop E.
FRIDAY 13th - SUNDAY 15th Jul Weekend Task: We’ll be heading up to Lincolnshire for the weekend to assist with the construction of a boardwalk on the new waymarked trail around the Belton House estate. Lop E.
SUNDAY 22nd Jul Our first visit to Anglesey Abbey this summer. We’ll know what is wanted of us nearer the time. Betty B.
SUNDAY 12th Aug Wimpole Gardens: This will be our last chance to work with Phil, the Head Gardener, who is retiring in August. Come along to wish him well for the future! Lop E.
SUNDAY 12th Aug Committee Meeting: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed at Wimpole following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 19th Aug Anglesey Abbey: Another chance to visit this beautiful property. We’ll know more about what is required of us nearer the time. Alison B.
SUNDAY 9th Sep Peckover House: Our help has been requested to assist with the cutting down of a yew hedge in preparation for a restoration project in the Pool Garden. TBA
SUNDAY 16th Sep Our third and final visit to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. Val W.

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