Claydon House appeals for volunteers

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Claydon House is calling for volunteers to keep its stories of wartime, wealth and Florence Nightingale alive.

The 18th Century house was lavishly decorated to dazzle wealthy neighbours and outdo political rivals of Ralph Verney.

But The National Trust, which runs the Georgian house, needs help to continue tours and events.

Richard Skilbeck, volunteer development officer, said: “Many of our special places across the country can only open with the aid of volunteers.

“In 2015, over 6,500 hours were contributed to the National Trust at Claydon.

“Help us keep the stories of Claydon alive and give the gift of your time, from as little as two hours every week to several days a week.

“There a plenty of different roles available to choose from.

The team at Claydon and I will be on hand to answer any questions you have and look forward to welcoming you.”

The house has been occupied by the Verney family for more than 550 years and attracts more than 27,000 visitors each year.

But volunteers are needed to tell stories throughout the house, greet visitors, prepare and assist at events and help conserve the interior.

If you are interested, you can meet some of team on Saturday, January 23 at Botolph Claydon Village Hall and on Saturday January, 30 at Claydon House. Both 10am until 3pm.

For more information about the opportunities, email claydon@nationaltrust.org.uk or phone 01296730349.

For more information about Claydon House, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon