Meet the volunteers: John Botwright

Volunteer, Aberconwy House & Conwy Suspension Bridge

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John Botwright - Volunteer

Without them we wouldn't be able to look after all our special places, so this Volunteers' Week we decided to get to know them a little better. Meet John Botwright...

Aberconwy House Conwy

What you do in your role:

Currently at Aberconwy House and Conwy Suspension Bridge. Do full range of duties – scan membership cards, take cash, recruit new members (except the paperwork), guided tours around property – all this is particularly relevant when on duty at the bridge as it is single manning

How long have you been volunteering?

In my 8th year

Why do you volunteer?

It’s like a hobby – meeting people, working in lovely surroundings, working with other like-minded people  and it gets me out of the house for a whole day every week for which my wife is very grateful, lol !

Do you volunteer anywhere else?

Yes I am a member of the Myvolunteering user group – a collection of people from across England and Wales seeking ways to improve and encourage more people to use the website

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Tell us something about your background

Started life as a time and motion man, then moved into Administration and ended up helping to run a county wide School Meals Service with 1500 staff, 40,000 meals a day  and a £10m budget. Hobbies apart from NT are gardening, coin collecting and going to rock music gigs

" It’s like a hobby – meeting people, working in lovely surroundings, working with other like-minded people and it gets me out of the house for a whole day every week for which my wife is very grateful, lol!"
- John Botwright, Volunteer, Aberconwy House and Conwy Suspension Bridge

If a film was made of your life – who would play you?

Rob Brydon – like me he is always up for a laugh

Tell us something that nobody at the NT knows about you.

Major Guns ‘n Roses fan

When you were a child, what did you want to be and why?

Professional Cricketer – had trial for Essex when a teenager

Which do you prefer: A good book or good film?

Film

Who’s your hero?

Freddie Truman – my bowling was based on his style – but not quite so successfully