Newark Park - Cheltenham and Gloucestershire NT
Autumn 2015  Update

Staff and Volunteers: it’s been a very busy summer for the whole Newark team with visitors receiving a  warm welcome from staff and volunteers. Our volunteers also led several activities over the summer, from storytelling to airplane-folding and making prints of our dragon weathervane 'Spike'. Our garden volunteers have been working hard as always, recently putting the new hedge trimmer to good use by shaping all the hedges (look out for the ‘peacock’ by the folly). For many of our staff it was their first summer at Newark and they’ve done a great job with excellent results for the whole site.


                                                                      Pea Hen & chick

Catering and Retail: it may not have been hot but it was warm enough for visitors to enjoy their catering pavilion refreshments on the lawn. The new outdoor cushions and parasols were very handy on the sunny days, whereas our new umbrellas will allow visitors to stay dry as they walk to the Tudor Sitting Room to eat their tasty soup or panini.

Our retail has developed lots over the last few months: not only did we get new products in and did we sell the lovely cyclamen that can be admired in the gardens, we are even testing a new retail outlet!
In September we opened the Clutterbuck rooms in Newark House; the larger room is a lovely space from which our visitors can enjoy the view, whilst the smaller room houses our new little shop.
The shop is mainly run by our amazing volunteers and visitors are very much enjoying this new ‘shop with a view’! If we are a bit low on volunteer numbers we might not be able to open the new shop, so please bear with us as we recruit more volunteers (or perhaps join us yourself?!)

Events: over summer our main events were the outdoor theatre performances, the classic car show and the fun activities run by our volunteers. We also had some stunning exhibitions, including an exhibit by the Gloucestershire Society of Artists, which can be seen until Sunday 11th October. 


This October Half Term we will be hosting a spooky trail for our younger visitors. On Friday 30 October we’re hosting a fun Halloween evening especially for children, with gory games and spooky stories. On 31st October we will be hosting our eerie evening tours again, when visitors are taken around the house by our very special guide and his ‘acquaintances’. For tickets or further information please call us or see our internet page.

Even though we close on 2nd November for winter, we will be opening again for our Christmas weekends. We’ll be hosting ‘Christmas celebrations’ on 5 and 6 December, with the house festively
decorated, a seasonal trail and a special visit by Father Christmas. On 12 and 13 December we will be welcoming back our annual Christmas Fair.

House: This summer we’ve had extensive repair works on the windows on the south side of Newark House. Some windows were in a bad state so it’s great to see them repaired and freshly painted. Over winter we will be installing a new boiler, as our Raeburn is on its last legs: Newark House gets very cold in winter so we definitely don’t want to lose our heating! Our volunteer conservation team is still going strong; currently they are cleaning and researching our beautiful range of Midgley pottery.
Garden and estate: works in the garden are always ongoing, with a beautiful showing of cyclamen a real highlight this autumn. We also managed to repair the archway in the lakeside garden.
In the wider estate our ranger Michelle is working on new signage to be installed over winter, as well as further planning to salvage our ancient trees and to improve our estate paths.

Some of our estate cottages will also be undergoing some works over the next year, with the renovation of Fernley Cottage already starting this autumn.

So lots going on at the moment, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers or the volunteer associations. With your donations we’ve been able to repair the Georgian doorway in the garden hall, as well as the archway in the lakeside garden.
We’re continuously improving the Visitor Experience as well, so we hope you will come to see the developments yourself. Or why not join our merry band of volunteers? There is a choice of activities to get involved in, from stewarding to conservation cleaning and from gardening to helping to run our new shop. If you’d like to know more about volunteering at Newark Park then please do contact us!
With best wishes and many thanks,
for your continued support to Newark Park, and hopefully we will see
many of you at Newark very soon!

                             Stefanie van Stokkom,
                              Newark Park, House and Visitor Experience Manager,
Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos., GL12 7PZ. 
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