Volunteering Opportunities: March 2017

Railway Volunteers meet HRH

Over the next few months we will be progressively opening further areas of the site. To help us run the attractions we need volunteers, such as guides to open and close the buildings and to answer questions, people to give demonstrations, and also volunteers to help with shunting demonstrations.

Railway Museum, Exhibition Building and Quarry Heritage Area

We are hoping to open this area of the site early in April, possibly as early as the 8th. We will run a 7 day rota system with two sessions per day 10:00 ’till 1:30, and 1:30 ’till 5pm, with two volunteers for each session. The early shift will open up the buildings, the late shift will close up. The rest of the time we hope the volunteers will be able to patrol the buildings, chat to our visitors, answer questions and direct them around the site. This could mean we need as many as 28 volunteers to cover each week of operations!

Some of our Eco Volunteers

Some of our Eco volunteers meet HRH Prince Charles

Nature Trail, Den building and High level viewing area

We are hoping to have this area ready to open in time for the school Easter holidays (4th April). We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help maintain these areas.

Garden Railway

We plan to have this built in time for the summer holidays in July. We would be looking for people to operate this on days during the summer months.

Shunting Demonstrations

These would tend to take place at weekends, and occasional days during the summer holidays. We need reasonably able-bodied volunteers wishing to be trained as “shunters” to work the points and couple/decouple wagons.

Stonemason Demonstrations

We have always hoped to be able to demonstrate how cobbles (setts) and walling stones would have been dressed in Mountsorrel Quarry in the 1900’s. It is unlikely that we can afford to pay for a Stonemason, hence we were hoping to be able to train a few volunteers in this ancient art. Dressed in period costume they would give demonstrations during busier periods. To spread the load we were looking for around 8 to 10 volunteers.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities, or know anyone who may be, then please get in touch using the form below. We would love to hear from you.