Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

Programme

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Date Event Contact
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 Committee meeting: To be held at the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task at Wimpole. Any committee member
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 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.

There are several ways of reaching our events, and we have information about lift sharing, cycling and driving. Task leaders will find guidance notes and the form for recording task hours in the members’ area.

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 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.

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.

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