I have been involved with a fairly local heritage property this year. From when they re-opened at the start of this season, I have volunteered as a room steward and general helper. This has been a truly amazing experience – I have always been a very keen visitor to such properties as a member of several heritage groups, to be one of those folk who patiently hang around in the rooms, just in case someone wants info, is a completely different thing. I have also watched the young volunteer organising team make a tremendous effort in promoting the Hall for all kinds of events. Not just the wedding venue side – which in itself is now very popular and turning in a very good income. The rest of the house is also getting in on the act with torchlight ghost hunts in the grounds and spooky evenings in the cellar on the ‘below stairs’ experience.