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From our volunteers - getting ready for spring at Hartlebury Castle

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Nov 082015

Our gardening  volunteers made great progress planting spring bulbs in the Hartlebury Castle’s Carriage Circle last week. Their blog below.

“Two of us started the effort on Thursday in an intermittent drizzle. It is not just a case of popping a few bulbs into the borders, each handful of bulbs needs a patch cleared to plant them in. We had to clear patches in amongst the Jerusalem Sage as the rain got harder.

We were kept amused by children racing each other around the Carriage Circle. Museum staff were encouraging families to come into the circle by challenging children to see how fast they could run round it. So cute… little legs pounding round, dressed in wellies, chasing siblings, but most importantly using Hartlebury Castle to enjoy themselves!

Saturday dawned much more encouragingly and we managed to prepare borders, plant bulbs, tidy up a bit more of the edge of the grass circle, and continue work in the Queen Elizabeth Walk. This was all possible thanks to a great turn out of volunteers.  It was so good to see both new and younger volunteers getting stuck into the work in hand.

The narcissus planting is now almost finished, but there are still plenty of tulips to plant. Hopefully, the narcissi will start to show above ground soon as it will be very difficult to plant tulips until we can see where the spaces are!  One thing is certain, we should have a riot of colour for visitors in the spring.”

 If you would like to volunteer as a gardener please email Alison Brimelow.

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Volunteers to recreate embroideries for Hartlebury Castle

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Oct 112015

We have blogged previously about the work of Lady Julia Carew. Her embroideries cover a number of chairs at Hartlebury Castle.

The embroideries are delicate and beginning to show their age. We are very pleased that volunteers from the City of Worcester and Malvern Hills branches of the National Decorative & Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) – CoWDFAS and MHDFAS – have agreed to create replica covers.

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The first stage of the process involved volunteer photographer, Len Slack. Len took high resolution photographs of each chair cover in situ. The collages above show details from Len’s photography.
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Above is a single image prepared by Len. This isolates the cover from its surroundings. The damage to the cover from years of use is obvious.

The NADFAS volunteers will work from these reference images. They will use coloured wools carefully chosen to match the original colours. As the exposed colours are faded, the colours are matched to the unfaded reverse of each embroidered cover. The replicas will be used to cover the chairs. The originals will be displayed in a way that is sensitive to their more delicate condition.

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Hartlebury Castle joins 21st century treasure hunt

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Sep 292015

Two of our volunteers have hidden a geocache in the grounds of Hartlebury Castle.

Over to Jane and Vicky to tell you all about it >

Not sure what geocaching is? It is a treasure hunt in which geocachers use GPS devices or smartphones to navigate to places where other geocachers have placed a cache. Often a plastic box with a log book, some trinkets and possibly a ‘trackable’ travelbug which has been given a mission by its owners. When a geocacher finds a cache they log their visit in the log book, exchange a trinket or take a trackable if they wish. They also log their visit on the geocaching website so the cache owner to see how often the cache has been visited and where the visitors came from.
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By placing a cache in the grounds of Hartlebury Castle we hope to encourage a few more explorers to venture up the drive.

We have already had a small number of visitors. One successful geocacher wrote on the online log:

“Had to go to Webb’s at Wychbold this afternoon so called in here on the way back. Haven’t visited the castle since my cousin had her wedding reception here a long time ago. It’s just started to pour down so will return for a good look around another day. Thank you for putting this out and for bringing us back to this great location.”

In time we hope to report that the cache has attracted visitors from further afield.

Geocaching is a free international pastime. It is pursued by individuals, families and groups across the world. Often caches are placed to encourage people to discover a particular place or point of interest.  Geocaching has taken us to some amazing places that we would otherwise never have found. 

More on geocaching.

More on the Hartlebury cache.

Happy hunting!
Jane & Vicky

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Edging the carriage circle at Hartlebury Castle

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Sep 252015

Today, Jenny, one of our fabulous gardening volunteers did a huge amount of work tidying the line where the Carriage Circle grass meets the tarmac. It is a huge improvement and anyone who feels strong enough to continue the work will be cherished!
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The work involves cutting a line in the grass with a half-moon lawn edger at the point where the grass changes colour and texture as it invades the tarmac (anything between a few inches and a good foot) then, shoving the edger on its side under the grass between the tarmac and the cut line, and lifting it.  It comes away quite easily most of the time. It’s important to watch that you keep a straight(ish) line and a string marker is useful unless you have a very accurate eye.  It does mean a lot of squatting or kneeling.

Just the other side to finished now!

Alison (HCPT Vice president and Volunteer Coordinator)

If you would like to volunteer as a gardener please email Alison Brimelow.

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A day in the life of volunteer steward at Hartlebury Castle.

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Sep 222015

Heritage Open Days. A busy and fun volunteer experience.

They came in waves, sometimes rolling gently in like ripples at the edge of the sea on a sandy beach, sometimes in great tsunamis that left us gasping for breath – but all day we had a flow visitors through the rooms that were open – through the Great Hall, through the 18th century Saloon, into the Chapel and looking at the exhibits on show from the WW1 scrapbooks and the archives.

Opening Hartlebury Castle for Heritage Open Days gave a lot of people the chance to see rooms that they have never entered before – with a few people getting the chance to peep into the Bishop’s Dining Room in its present incarnation (and gaze in astonishment at the amazing 1960s kitchen..!).

The find of postcards depicting the Great Hall and Saloon in years gone by was a real bonus – and much appreciated by visitors. There was the little girl who told us that she ‘loved the Victorians’ and then talked about them with such knowledge, the baby who gazed in contented astonishment at the decorations on the ceiling of the Saloon, the (many) people who marvelled at the intricacies and workmanship of the recreations of the Georgian costumes on show, and all those who appreciated seeing the wonderful red bishop’s cope (with beautifully starched linen sleeves!) on display in the chapel.

Stewarding for a few hours was fun, allowing us to meet and talk to a wide range of people, and to explain some of the next steps being proposed as we work to bring Hartlebury Castle back to life.

Sue, volunteer steward

If you would like to volunteer as a Room Steward please email Alison Brimelow.

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A Hartlebury Castle Volunteer's Story

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Aug 202015

On a lovely sunny day there is something very satisfying, almost spiritual, in spending a few hours in the peace of Hartlebury Castle’s carriage circle getting the gardens back to something approaching their former glory. I regularly get glimpses of what it must have been like in its heyday… take the fabulous fig tree liberated from a mixture of bramble, honeysuckle and ivy which was bravely trying to fruit in spite of its awful entanglement. A few weeks on and it looks healthy and is putting on fresh growth, becoming a magnificent specimen again.

Every time I spend a couple of hours working on the grounds with my fellow volunteer I can really see what we have achieved. The terrace only needed to have the weeds removed from between the slabs but, although it took a full day to complete, even after a short time we were able to look with  satisfaction at progress made.
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Much of the work to date has involved removing pernicious weeds which are determined to swamp whatever was originally planted, but it is not all about hacking back… once cleared the gardens just need a bit of TLC to maintain the progress that has been made. The carriage circle now only requires an occasional visit with a hoe to keep it tidy, but the more volunteers who get involved the less time it takes. 

Clearly, volunteers are not going to be able to do some of the really heavy work removing self seeded trees, cutting back badly overgrown trees or hacking our way through the bamboo, professional support will need to be bought in, but there is a great deal of preparatory work that is quite achievable by volunteers.

Volunteering is not just about getting the work done! There are new acquaintances to be made who add new dimensions to your life. There is relaxation to be found among the delights of the cafe… fab fruit cake and excellent vegetable soup! There is fun to be had and no one cracks the whip! It’s a labour of love on which I love to labour!

If volunteering as a gardener appeals then don’t wait to get in touch. Join Us! There is a huge amount to be done but don’t be daunted by the enormity of the task. Whatever time you can give is appreciated and valuable to the maintenance of our shared heritage.

Jane, enthusiastic garden volunteer

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Hartlebury Castle. Volunteer gardeners wanted.

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Aug 162015

Help manage and maintain the gardens to ensure Hartlebury looks beautiful for visitors. Volunteers needed to help with weeding, planting and other gardening work. An opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ and see the immediate impact of your hard work.

We are need volunteer gardeners on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 9 August, 11am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 26 August, 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday 10 September, 11am to 4pm
  • Friday 11 September, 11am to 4pm
  • Friday 25 September , 11am to 4pm

Join us! If you can provide 2 or more hours please email Alison Brimelow.

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…after!

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Hartlebury Castle needs volunteer gardeners

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May 162015

Help manage and maintain the gardens to ensure Hartlebury looks beautiful for visitors. Volunteers needed to help with weeding, planting and other gardening work. An opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ and see the immediate impact of your hard work.

We are holding volunteer gardening days on the following dates.

– Saturday 30 May, 11am to 4pm
– Tuesday 29 June,11am to 4pm
– Saturday 4 July, 11am to 4pm
– Wednesday 15 July, 11am to 4pm

Join us! If you can provide 2 or more hours please email Alison Brimelow

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Volunteer gardener

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Volunteers! Hartlebury Castle needs You!

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May 162015
We need volunteers to support special events taking place at Hartlebury Castle in May, June and July 2015.

Bank Holiday Monday 25 May
 
11am to 5pm
Room Stewards needed. Help us open Hartlebury Castle’s beautiful Georgian Chapel as part of the Museum’s Gorgeous Georgians. If you can provide 2 or more hours please email Alison Brimelow.

Friday 12 June, 
evening
7.30pm start
Heartbreak Productions, Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Stewards and helpers needed. Support this outdoor theatre event to raise funds for Hartlebury Castle.
Please email Jacqui Watson.

Thursday 30 July
, evening
6.30pm start
Mr Stink. Written by David Walliams
Stewards and helpers needed. Support this outdoor theatre event to raise funds for Hartlebury Castle.
Please email Jacqui Watson.
Macbeth, summer 2014

Heartbreak Productions Macbeth, summer 2014

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Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust buys Castle

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Mar 302015

Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT) has bought Hartlebury Castle and 43 acres of parkland from the Church Commissioners with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recent award of £5m. The transfer took place on Friday 27th March.

The Trust, in association with Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and Museums Worcestershire (MW), will now be able to preserve the historic Castle and its valuable assets as well as embarking on programs for activities and improved access.

The Trust and Museums Worcestershire will make the Castle, Hurd Library, Collections of the Museum and Castle, as well as Gardens into an integrated visitor destination that will benefit the local area and serve as a major attraction for visitors from around the UK and beyond. This will continue a thousand years of public access to the former home of the Bishops of Worcester.

Robert Greenwood, Chair at HCPT commented, “We are delighted that with the help of HLF award we have now been able to buy the Castle after so many years of uncertainty. The generosity of so many organisations, authorities and individuals who have pledged matched funding, revenue support, individual gifts and time now enables us to go ahead with our plans.”

“We will spend the remainder of this year completing our plans and hopefully starting some work. Next year major works within the Bishop’s House, including restoring the Long Gallery and installing a new lift to serve the Hurd Library and upper floors, will be done. In 2017 the restoration will be complete and the whole Castle will once again function as a single building.”

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust to secure the long-term future of this fabulous building steeped in the county’s history. We look forward to working as a partnership to deliver a first class visitor attraction which will be a wonderful asset to World Class Worcestershire.”

Rosemarie Jones, Deputy Surveyor for the Church Commissioners said:

“The Church Commissioners are pleased to have worked successfully with the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT), and its partners to secure a sale to them in a way that meets our charitable responsibilities. We have worked closely with the Trust and are delighted that they will take over the Castle, former home to the Bishop of Worcester, and work on plans to preserve the property for education and as a tourist attraction, open to all.”

The Rt. Revd The Bishop of Worcester, Dr. John Inge, said:
“I am delighted that the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust has completed its purchase of the castle ending several years of anxiety about its future as well as that of its great library. This achievement is due to a great deal of hard work and constructive collaboration by the many friends of the Castle, the County Council and the Church Commissioners as well as the generous support of the HLF. It is very good news for the people of Worcestershire and beyond and I look forward to the next phase in the life of this great building: it will be an exciting one”.

Angela Brinton DL, President of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust said:
“I would like to say how thrilled the community of Hartlebury and the county will be to have secured this very special building. How hard everyone has worked towards this outcome and how exciting it will be turning our dreams into reality. Partnership working at its best.”

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For Further Information Images & Interviews Please Contact:
Robert Greenwood – Chair HCPT Email

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