Volunteer profile: Meet Bob Fossey

a photo of a bald man wearing glasses with fields, a road and a small thatched hut behind him

Bob Fossey joined the newly formed windpump volunteer team at Horsey Windpump as a volunteer in April 2018; here is his story.

Name: Bob Fossey

Career background: 30 plus years in engineering, followed by ten years working in the public sector. 

How long have you volunteered with the National Trust? Two years.

Volunteer role(s): Windpump and maintenance volunteer at Horsey Windpump

What do you get up to as a volunteer? Interaction with visitors to Horsey Windpump and explaining the history and restoration of the windpump and the people involved in its story.

Visitors can get up close and personal with the fantail on Horsey Windpump
the white wooden blades and frame of the fantail all fitted together with black ironwork. each blade has a red stripe painted vertically along it.
Visitors can get up close and personal with the fantail on Horsey Windpump

Why did you start volunteering with the Trust? Horsey Windpump is just four miles down the road for me and was reopening after a big restoration project, perfect timing for me as I was about to retire; it is an iconic feature on the landscape.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with the National Trust? The interaction with visitors, other volunteers, staff and the millwright and his team. The reaction of the visitors coming into the windpump is priceless. We have a great group of volunteers from a wide background, I am learning a lot and history has become interesting.

Most special volunteering moment: I was fortunate enough to be present when the sails on the windpump were turned for the first time since 1943 following its restoration, a magical moment!

Favourite National Trust place and why: A difficult question to answer, I like places that give real insight into the lives of people from so long ago and the contrast with today. Chirk Castle in Wales is one such place, I like castles! Horsey of course is another!

Bob Fossey, 30 May 2019

The breathtaking Chirk estate covers over 480 acres
Chirk Castle estate and castle as seen from Tyn y Groes
The breathtaking Chirk estate covers over 480 acres