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Topograph installed at one of highest points in Cotswolds

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Representatives of a group of over 340 volunteers who look after the Cotswolds will unveil a topograph on Painswick Beacon this week that has been created to commemorate their 40th Anniversary. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens were founded in 1968 and are the voluntary arm of the, Cotswolds Conservation Board, the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Read the rest of this entry »

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Dozens sign up for Cotswold ‘People for You’ scheme

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More than two dozen people have put themselves forward to be volunteers after the ‘People for You’ scheme was launched in Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade earlier this month.
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Kids with learning difficulties have fun down on the farm

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Thanks to the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, children from a special school in Tewkesbury enjoyed a day out at the Cotswold Farm Park in July.
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The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens celebrate 40th Anniversary

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A 300 strong band of volunteers will take part in an event this weekend to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens were established in 1968 and have spent the past four decades working to conserve the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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‘Walks on wheels’ project launched on Badminton Estate

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A brand new publication has been launched that helps people using wheelchairs, power scooters and buggies to enjoy walking routes across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). ‘Walks on Wheels’ is a collection of 15 walks descriptions and maps, which help people to explore quiet country paths, villages and market towns in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

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Face 2 Face for Gloucestershire Parents

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A network to support parents of children with disabilities will be launched later this week.
Face 2 Face is a network of trained befriender volunteers who help parents to come to terms with news that their child has a disability and to offer them positive support and advice.

The scheme will be launched on Thursday 14th February at the National Star Centre in Ullenwood. Parents of children with disabilities are welcome to come along to meet the befrienders and to find out how the scheme works.

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Fancy volunteering at a museum, art gallery or historic site?

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On behalf of the Gloucestershire Museums Group, Gloucestershire County Council is inviting potential ‘Heritage’ volunteers to come to one of two open evenings being held at Cheltenham Art Gallery on 13th February and at the Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley on 28th February, between 6.30-8.30pm.

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, in a variety of roles, at museums, historical buildings and art galleries across the county. Volunteers carry out all kind of jobs including museum curators, exhibition officers, education officer, historic house gardeners, accountants, tour guides, shop staff, researchers and visitor service staff. A current vacancy is Volunteer Apprentice Vine-keeper!

You don’t have to have any previous experience, just a few hours or days to spare and an interest in heritage! Volunteering is excellent for people looking to get some new experience, update their skills and find new friends. Volunteers have access to a wide range of free or subsidised professional training courses throughout the year, such as how to look after ancient artefacts.

Cllr Tony Hicks, Lead Cabinet Member for Adult Services said: “Gloucestershire’s heritage is rich and varied and offers a wide range of interesting volunteering opportunities. We are blessed with both large and small museums, beautiful buildings, intriguing sites, surprising galleries and fascinating artefacts. ”

The open evenings will kick start with some refreshments and introductions, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the venue and presentations by the museum curators and current volunteers. Staff from a range of other museums will also be there to talk to you about their work. There is no obligation to sign up at the open evenings, but visitors will be able to leave their contact details if they wish.

Book your place at one of the open evenings:

  • 13th February 2008 6.30-8.30pm at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Contact Helen Brown on 01242 775708
  • 28th February 2008 6.30-8.30pm at The Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley – Tel: 01453 810631

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

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