THERE is a new horizon and a range of opportunities for volunteers at Arlington Court. Staff at the National Trust property near Barnstaple are looking for volunteers of all ages for exciting new roles at the Regency house and estate. This Sunday there wi

THERE is a new horizon and a range of opportunities for volunteers at Arlington Court.Staff at the National Trust property near Barnstaple are looking for volunteers of all ages for exciting new roles at the Regency house and estate.This Sunday there will be a Volunteer Drop-in Day, 11am-2pm, when anyone who would like to learn more is invited to chat to staff and existing volunteers.The trust is particularly keen to find families who might like to go as a group.Opportunities include amateur actors to join in with living history, happy hosts to welcome and orientate visitors, horse lovers for the stables plus enthusiastic guides for the house and Carriage Collection."We knew our current volunteers who steward in the house and Carriage Collection were interested in helping when we were closed to visitors," explained Demelza Williams, who is House and Collections manager."But we have been overwhelmed by the difference they have made and discovered some hidden talents - they have done all sorts, from conservation cleaning to re-painting the stables."There is something of a tradition of family participation among the existing volunteers - for example, the estate's youngest volunteer, 13-year-old Bryony Threadgould, can often be seen busy at children's craft events alongside mum Jeanette, while dad Doug is a steward at the Carriage Collection.Several husband and wife teams help out at the house, plus mother and daughter duo Pamela and Helen Hudson.Fifteen-year-old Jack Gallagher joined the team as Arthur the Stable Boy for living history re-enactment."Bryony and Jack always have a smile on their faces and put so much effort into their roles at Arlington," said Michelle Fullard, Visitor Services manager."We want more people of their age to join in and were wondering if there were other families who would like to come along as a group on a regular basis."To find out more about the many volunteering roles available, visit Arlington Court this Sunday or telephone (01271) 850296.