Kiplin Hall and Gardens celebrated decades of support from volunteers as it recognised the contribution of its ‘fifth family’ at a recent event.
They are called the fifth family, following the four families who owned the hall before it was gifted to the nation.
Many of the volunteers have been at the hall longer than the staff.
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They talk to visitors about the history of the hall, the nature in the gardens and they bring the hall to life for everyone with their passion and knowledge.
They are also busy behind the scenes conducting research or recording ecology in the grounds.
Each summer the volunteers are recognised at a celebration event called Charter Day, to mark the anniversary of the signing of the charter to colonise Maryland in North America.
Kiplin Hall was built by George Calvert the 1st Baron Baltimore and his decendents, they founded Maryland and strong links to the USA remain to this day.
Volunteers are awarded long service badges for 5, 10 and 15 years of service but with the first volunteers having been recruited in the year 2000 a new 20-year badge will soon be introduced.
Director of Kiplin Hall and Gardens James Etherington said: “The dedication, passion and enthusiasm of our volunteers is incredibly special, so we are very proud to recognise their achievements.”
Front of House & Volunteer Manager Rosie Kluz said: “Volunteers are a key part of Kiplin Hall and Gardens.
“They have roles across the organisation from gardeners to room stewards, trustees to receptionists.
“We simply couldn’t do it without them.”
Kiplin Hall welcomes new volunteers and currently has opportunities in room stewarding and tea room roles.
If you’d like to be part of the Kiplin family get in touch with Rosie Kluz or to register your interest visit www.kiplinhall.co.uk.