Keith Truepenny’s 25 years at Tattershall Castle

tattershall castle volunteers celebrating

2017 has been a landmark year for one of Tattershall Castle’s volunteers Keith Truepenny, who celebrated his 25th year of volunteering at the end of October. Keith was surrounded by friends from the Castle as he celebrated this volunteering milestone. With great cheer, sharing of stories and lots of cake Keith’s anniversary was celebrated in style.

Keith started volunteering at Tattershall Castle in 1993 as a Room Steward. Dressed to impress wearing a shirt and tie he enlightened visitors to the rich history of the Castle. His wife joined a year later and together they started to develop a unique experience for visitors to enjoy. Keith is never shy about helping out and over the years has proactively been involved with many different activities, from teaching medieval dancing to representing the Castle at county shows.

In 1995 the Castle put on a pageant to celebrate the centenary of The National Trust telling the history of the Castle. Keith initially was given two parts to play but that soon doubled to four. Dressed for the first time in medieval costume he definitely looked the part. Soon after the Room Stewards decided that while volunteering it would be nice to wear period costume to show visitors how people in the 15th Century dressed. To this day you can still see Keith and other Room Stewards wearing costumes loving made by Keith’s wife Val.

Keith with his wood medieval toys
Tattershall castle volunteer showing medieval toys

In more recent years Keith demonstrates medieval toys and games to visitors at the Castle. His kind and patient nature means that everyone has a turn with the different toys on offer and he always ensures that no visitor leaves disappointed.

Keith was presented with his twenty five year badge along with thank you letters, a gift and chocolate cake (his favourite!) at a volunteer meeting. Tattershall Castle Volunteer Manager, Maggie Everington said “We are lucky to have such a dedicated member of the team whose passion never wavers. The fascination you see on people’s faces when Keith is talking about medieval toys is a joy to watch. Keith’s generous and patience nature ensures that all visitors (big or small) receive his complete attention every time he volunteers at the Castle.”

Keith and Val volunteering during an event at Tattershall Castle
Volunteers and kids in medieval costume at tattershall