Volunteers recognised for their hard work by National Trust ahead of recruitment drive for next year.

A NUMBER of volunteers at Arlington Court were recognised for their service at a festive lunch, ahead of a new recruitment drive.

Ivor Ferguson received the first award for 25 years of service in Arlington’s history at the lunch attended by more than 180 volunteers.

Fourteen-year-old Nathan Fouche also received a special recognition award for helping the outdoor team with their family events programme.

Paula Martin, house and collections manager who handed out the awards and said: These awards give the property team the opportunity to recognise our volunteers for the work they undertake and their ongoing commitment to the National Trust.”

Arlington will be looking for more volunteers to join their busy teams at the beginning of next year with a series of volunteer recruitment days running at the property during February Half Term from 15 – 21 February, 11am-1pm.

Susan Dyer, who started volunteering as a room guide at Arlington this year, said: “When I started volunteering at Arlington I was immediately impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone I met, both staff and volunteers; and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year.

“Volunteering is a very good way of seeing how a property is run from the inside and I can certainly recommend it.”

For more information call Arlington Court on 01271 851126.