Meet the volunteers: Keith Jones

Room Guide, Plas Newydd

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Keith Jones - Room Guide

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 Keith Jones...

Visitors enjoying the architecture at Plas Newydd, Anglesey

What you do in your role:

Greet visitors, hopefully with a smile, and answer any questions or inform them of things of interest in the room.

How long have you been volunteering?

 It will be 8 years in September.

Why do you volunteer?

My wife told me to! Also, I find it interesting meeting people and sharing my knowledge of Plas Newydd

Do you volunteer anywhere else?

No, haven’t got the time

Coffee or tea?

Mostly tea

" "...the Careers master at school told me to stop day dreaming.""
- Keith Jones, Room Guide at Plas Newydd

Tell us something about your background

Was a Registered Nurse (both General and Psychiatric fields), ending my career as a Hospital Manager and Quality Facilitator. I was a Captain in the Army for 5 years. Like the theatre, eating, military history and messing about with computers. Listening to music and playing the piano very badly.

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

Someone fat and bald, or Brad Pitt, if available.

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

I wrote a book about the Penley Polish Hospital, my only, very small, claim to fame. When a student, I was a retained fireman.

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

Usual things – astronaut, fireman (see above) scientist, international playboy (the Careers master at school told me to stop day dreaming)

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

Always a good book. But I watch a lot of movies.

Who’s your hero?

My wife, Joyce. If pushed, Winston Churchill.