Thursday, 21 November 2013

We only came for the twiglets...

The 1960s returned last Friday as local residents joined us for an evening of 60s music, quizzes, snacks and fun in the Royal British Legion Club in Bottisham.

We organised the event to promote the Domestic Wing project at Anglesey Abbey to local people, and give them the chance to find out more and get involved.

Our team of staff, volunteers, interns and local Community Ambassadors are bringing the 'below stairs' rooms back to life in a major conservation project funded by the National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund, for opening to the public next year. The rooms will reflect how Lord Fairhaven's staff were living and working in 1966, the year he died, and the house passed into the care of the National Trust. We are planning to run activities for visitors in the newly opened rooms and hoping that lots of local people will want to get involved.
On Friday, 'sophisticated' snacks (cheese and pineapple, devilled eggs, twiglets), a 60s soundtrack, and photos of 60s items and local life soon got people reminiscing. "We recognised a lot of the items – we even have a lot of the items!" said Lynn.

We got into the 60s groove ourselves by doing essential research into appropriate fashion and hairstyles, playing Twister and challenging people's memories with music and movie quizzes.

During the evening several people promised us 60s items for the Domestic Wing project and signed up for volunteer roles. Community Ambassadors are promoting the project further by talking to local community groups, distributing flyers and publicising volunteer opportunities.

If you'd like to know more about volunteering opportunities in the Domestic Wing please get in touch with
us at 

Kate Boursnell
Community Reporter
Anglesey Abbey

Friday, 1 November 2013

Recycled Hedge...

The family volunteer team struck again yesterday - doing another great job of an important task at Wicken Fen. 

This time the mission was to plant a new hedge by the car park at Wicken Fen, to finish off the new path way and surface area around the toilets. There was a conservation element as well; before the hedge could be planted the trees needed to be dug up from the ganges field behind the visitor centre. This meant we got rid of invading hawthorn scrub in the field where we don't want it to grow and re-used the saplings in a hedge where we do want hawthorn to grow and wildlife will benefit from both. 

We also set the volunteers the additional challenge of building the tow trug they needed to move everything around in first!

Pics from the day:

Lois Baker
Community Ranger
Wicken Fen