Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

Wymondham Abbey is looking for volunteers

Written by  Paul Dickson
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Wymondham Abbey is looking for volunteers

Have you got a few hours a week to spare? Do you want to spend some of your free time in a really worthwhile way? Wymondham Abbey is looking for more volunteers to act as welcomers and shop assistants. You would be joining an established team of people helping to keep one of Norfolk’s premier tourist attractions open and welcoming.

Wymondham Abbey is the town’s parish church. Founded in 1107 as a priory, it has a rich and fascinating history. A recent £2.5m Heritage Lottery Fund supported development has added much admired new spaces and facilities. The project also allowed many of the Abbey’s archive treasures, some over 700 years old, to be displayed and interpreted. It recently won an award for ‘Most Welcoming Church’ in the Norwich Diocese.

As a result of these improvements, over 30,000 visitors from all over the world come to Wymondham to enjoy the Abbey Experience. With regular events, a pop-up café and much to see and do, the volunteers find the Abbey is always an entertaining place to spend time.

Jill Curtis, lead Abbey Steward, is full of praise for the volunteers. “They all give tirelessly of their time, but enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of being part of a great team. We have volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds, which makes for a lovely mix”, she said. 

She added that the Abbey gives training and support, and no-one ever works on their own. “There are regular social events and other activities that encourage a feeling of community. We welcome people of all faiths or none – you don’t have to be a church-goer to volunteer.” 

For more details about volunteering at Wymondham Abbey, ring the Abbey office on 01953 607062 or drop an e-mail to learningandevents@wymondhamabbey.org.uk.

Georgie Hawbrook (28) is a young mother who does several stints each week on the welcome desk and in the shop. She says it give her time out from her usual life, allowing her to meet people and hear their stories. “The visitors love to chat!” She is also learning about the history of the Abbey and town, and feels she is really contributing to her community by volunteering. “My time in the Abbey puts me in a much better frame of mind to deal with the routine of family life” Georgie’s daughter Jasmine (8) agrees. “Mum’s always in a good mood when she’s been at the Abbey!”

Wymondham_Abbey_-_Georgie_Hawbrook.JPG

Monica Cox is recently retired. She took up volunteering at the Abbey as something to fill her days. It also gets her out of the emptiness of her home now the children have left. “It’s given me a real boost to my self-confidence, which is easily lost once your usual roles have gone,” she comments. “I now have a role which makes me feel useful, while doing something that I enjoy very much.” She added that the people at the Abbey are very helpful and friendly, and the visitors like to chat and have many interesting stories to tell.

Wymondham_Abbey_-_Monica_Cox.JPG

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 January 2019 18:26

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/c12a06c4e093dc6fcb73bc5621e52765.jpg
Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf & Spa
Barnham Broom is a luxury resort offering a warm welcome to all guests looking for an exception experience. With first class facilities and amenities, Barnham Broom boasts a stylish setting in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Conveniently ...
Explore
cache/resized/64934ad071f4c79313f59198ac6cd18e.jpg
Stuart Beard Photography
Passionate people photographer, based in Norwich  …  enthusiastic portrait photographer … Family portraits especially … Particularly fascinated by trying to capture the exuberance and joy of young children making sense of the world… ...
Explore
cache/resized/00ef94efafb63f4a4865864cec4b1f0c.jpg
The Norfolk Workshop
BESPOKE KITCHENS, BEDS & FURNITURE Handmade in Norfolk Designed and created just for you Full Design, Fabrcation and Installation Service Evening and Weekend Appointments Available Call us for a FREE Consultation - (01263) 510315
Explore
cache/resized/2e6db33d5cbfadd700626018e3b64528.jpg
Broadland Aerials Ltd
Broadland Aerials have been serving Norwich and the surrounding area for almost 20 years. We have built up a great reputation for value and excellent customer service. We are proud to be long standing members of Norfolk Trusted Trader. This is an ...
Explore
cache/resized/2bd16ff507385ca3498189a92832199c.jpg
R T Harvey Ltd
We were established in 1924 on Tombland in Norwich. The company sold a full range of Game meat, poultry and pork. We moved to Grove Road in 1985 and now sells all game products, pork and poultry as well as cooked meats etc. In 1997 we gained ...
Explore
cache/resized/60d2c4df7ca1eb7d700720c5669d0c03.jpg
Emedias
I’ve been designing and hosting websites commercially for over 20 years. I still support many of these clients to this day.   Website Design All websites created are professionally designed and responsive, so will work well across all ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • No Gym? No Sweat! Free exercise classes for all

    South Norfolk Council’s Leisure Team have recently launched a brand-new YouTube channel to help residents keep fit and active during lockdown. 

    The Council’s 3 Leisure Centres in Diss, Wymondham and Long Stratton were forced to close in March, but the team have been busy creating free content to help inspire residents to try new ways of exercising and keep fit at home.

    Over the coming weeks, the team will post Pilates, Yoga, HIIT workouts and much more on their South Norfolk Leisure channel.

  • Football College comes to South Norfolk

    Aspiring footballers and those wishing to use their passion of football to kick off their future careers have been given a boost with the arrival of a national football and education programme in Wymondham.

    The Football Industry College kicked off at South Norfolk Council’s fantastic 3G facility at Kett’s Park in September 2019, providing boys and girls aged 16 to 18, the opportunity to combine education with a football development, training and match programme.

    Utilising the exciting world of the Football Industry with an innovative education and sports development programme, students have the opportunity to study for a BTEC Level 1/2 Sport or Level 3 in Sport & Exercise Science, along with the chance to improve their GCSE maths and English grades if required.

    South Norfolk Council Cabinet member, Yvonne Bendle said: “Being host to the Football Industry College is fantastic news for the district. The Council continues to invest in the health and wellbeing of our residents and it is wonderful to see our new facility being used to offer young people such a great opportunity.” 

  • Meet the Owner: Martin Wanger of Madeline Dando Books

    In the second of our series giving you the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the people who own or run some of the fabulous local independent businesses which we are proud to feature on All Things Norfolk, we feature Martin Wanger of Madeline Dando Books.

    Madeline Dando Books is based in Wymondham and titles include "Amber Sands" and "Leaving Her Tears Behind" . 

    "Amber Sands" is  a true love story with bags of courage, resilience and triumph over adversity.The author wants the book to warm your heart, break your heart and to inspire each and every reader.  "Leaving Her Tears Behind" is a story of love, desire, greed, hate and revenge, that the Author thinks will keep you on the edge of your seat right till the very end. 

  • South Norfolk Council to launch interactive heritage trail in Wymondham

    The history of Wymondham’s is being brought to life with the help of a unique, interactive heritage trail.

    South Norfolk Council has been successful in securing a £116,000 grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to build a digitally interactive historical trail that will be available to download, free of charge, from all app stores.

    The trail has both child and adult versions that can be used in parallel, on separate smart devices, allowing families to enjoy the experience together while watching different stories as they explore the town. 

  • Winning was a piece of cake for Wednesday

    Local business woman Wednesday Batchelor from Unicorn Cakery and Delectables in Wymondham won top prize in South Norfolk Council’s Victoria Sponge Bake Off competition. 

    Her prosecco soaked Victoria sponge, with white chocolate buttercream and homemade cherry jam had the judges heading back for seconds and thirds when the competition ran earlier in the month at South Norfolk on Show.  

    Having quit her job in May as a facilities manager to spend more time with her one-year-old daughter Isabella, Wednesday was keen to raise the profile of her new business. 

Newsletter

© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2020
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RT @TheGroveCromer: AVAILABILITY Due to a cancellation we have a family room for three nights from 13/8 Will go quickly! Book https://t.c