As with any New Year comes the evaluation of the past year, and making plans for the upcoming months. Having achieved a number of our goals, such as the clearance of the trees, erecting information boards and excavating areas of the site, the Friends of Berry Castle are no different. We’ve been considering where our group will be heading in 2019 and are developing some ideas, which we are very excited about.
As well as offering a range of visits to historical sites, we want to become more involved in the research and surveying of sites, assisting Historic England in their work. We hope that this will offer a new perspective to our usual visits, providing an opportunity for supporters to not only gain an understanding of a site, but also help gather information about its condition.
Our intended approach will be more ‘outdoors’ based, involving walks and even local restoration community projects, within the Torridge area. Whether you have an interest in History, or just like getting outdoors for a stroll, the Friends of Berry Castle could be the group for you. Our supporters have a range of backgrounds and ages and are very welcoming.
If you are feeling more energetic, then maybe one of our site maintenance mornings would be of interest to you. We intend to begin these in March, where the focus will be on removing saplings from the monument. It’s fairly easy work, for any age or fitness level and any volunteers will be gratefully received. Just bring some gardening gloves and a flask and join our dedicated team in the fresh air. Details will be on our ‘events’ page on our website.
Other dates for your diary are a historical walk around Torrington on Saturday 6th April. An Easter Egg Hunt on Friday 19th April, where children (and the young at heart) can join us at Berry Castle, for an egg hunt and quiz. Further dates will be added to our website, as the year progresses.
If you are interested in joining us for any of our walks and visits, please email us at email@example.com for times and further details.
We hope to see you at our AGM and hear your ideas.