Organising events give Andrew a real buzz
Events Co-ordinator, Upton House & Gardens
Andrew Overton has been helping run events at Upton for four years. From Christmas Fayre's to summer concerts, he's busy behind the scenes all year bringing great events to Upton's visitors.
What are you involved with at the moment?
Having just been involved with the creation of the sucessful Christmas Fayre - I'm onto the next big thing... The Vintage Transport weekend in June 2016. As well as helping to plan and arrange all the major events of the rest of the year - from the jazz concert to the 1940s wedding weekend in August. Success is all about lots of happy visitors which we measure.
What made you want to start volunteering with the NT?
I live nearby, been a member of the Trust for 35 years and although retired I still need a challenge. Upton is also a beautiful place and I work with a great team and have fun doing what I do.
What's the best part of volunteering?
Being part of the team and finding out about how the Trust works in practice and helping to deliver that promise to visitors.
What's your favourite part of Upton?
The view from the edge of the lawn down into the gardens below. The biggest Ha Ha you ever saw!
What's your most unusual day at Upton?
I remember the day when eight of us had to carry a 20ft Christmas tree into the Picture Room and get it upright, without damaging ourselves or anything else!
What do you do when you're not volunteering?
I worked all my life in the London Taxi industry and belong to The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, a City of London Livery company where I am now a charitable trustee and also a Governor of our affiliated school in east London. I spend at least a day a week at the school doing a whole range of things to help both the children and the school. I am also our local church treasurer, play golf and bridge and am a keen gardener.
What advice would you give anyone who is thinking about volunteering with the National Trust?
Just find the right role for you, of which there is a wide choice, give it the time you can afford, enjoy meeting others and being part of a team. You only get out of life that which you put into it!