Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sunshine, Showers, Good Food and Volunteers

This August we hosted two volunteers’ barbeques to say a huge thanks to all our volunteers for the help and support they give to the National Trust in the Peak District.

Held at the newly refurbished Dalehead Bunkhouse, the Dark Peak BBQ attracted over 50 staff and volunteers to try the good food prepared by our very own catering team and the beer from Bradfield Brewery which was chilled nicely in the stream.

In the beautiful and relaxing surroundings of Dalehead people mingled, enjoyed the view and had a tour of the refurbished bunkhouse.  Luckily it had stopped raining 10 minutes before people arrived so we could all be outside, and there wasn’t even a single midge to contend with.

A week later it was the White Peak’s turn with over 30 volunteers and staff turning up at Grove Farm, which is also home to the Peak District Farm Shop and Tea Room. 

Nick and Helen Bonsall, who run the farm, very kindly hosted the event in one of their sheds which had to be hastily swept out when we realised that the drizzle was set to stay.  With Nick on the BBQ, we were well fed with produce from the farm and delicious salads and puddings prepared by Caroline and Helen in the Tea Room. 

After pudding, everyone was treated to a tour of the farm which gave us all a real insight into life on a working farm as well as some of the work the National Trust does with its tenant farmers. 
Linda Wilkins, Volunteer Membership Recruiter and Health Walk Guide said of the White Peak BBQ, “I thoroughly enjoyed the event and despite the weather the farm trip was great, being a country girl at heart, it was very reminiscent of my childhood!”


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