Volunteering at the Coggeshall Properties: Paycocke's House and Grange Barn

Paycockes House Winter Clean in Essex

We have a team of over sixty volunteers working to welcome visitors to these special places. Paycocke’s House is only a short walk from our sister property, Grange Barn. We would love you to join us as a valued member of our team, so why not find out more.

As a House volunteer, you will be welcoming visitors, perhaps on the admissions desk, working in our shop, or serving teas and coffees.  You might be sharing your knowledge about the building and its history with interested visitors, or preparing the house so that it can be seen at its best. At the Grange Barn, you will introduce visitors to the heritage of our village, the ancient barn itself and Bryan Saunders’ comprehensive collection of wood-working tools.

Concerned that you don’t know enough about history, or that you have never used a till?  Don’t worry – shadowing an experienced volunteer will help you pick it up.  You will always have the help and support you need to succeed.

Why do we love working here?

“I enjoy working as part of a team, doing something worthwhile.” Nigel, Gardening team

“Meeting visitors from around the world, and helping them to make the most of their visit.”   Judith, House Volunteer

“Offering a warm welcome in the coffee shop – and having the satisfaction of seeing the books balance at the end of the day.” Debbie, Coffee Shop Assistant

“I enjoy the social contact with like-minded people - the summer outing and the Christmas meal – as well as my regular shifts.” Anne, House Volunteer

"It's great to be involved in the redisplay of the Saunders Tools Exhbition." Rex, Barn Volunteer

And what about you?

You might be looking for a new challenge, or to make new friends.  You might be trying to boost your own confidence, gaining work-related skills before returning to the jobs market.  Or you might want to support the work of the Trust at your local properties.   Perhaps you can offer particular skills, or are willing to be trained, for example, to help with bee-keeping, or in using social media.

Most of our volunteers sign up for at least one half-day shift per fortnight.  We currently have vacancies at the weekends only.

To find out more, contact  Paul.Andrae@nationaltrust.org.uk