Fancy a cuppa? Visit the 1940s Tea Window and meet Ann Marrie

Tea Window Host, Upton House & Gardens

Ann Marrie Nice - Tea Window Host

Ann Marrie joined at just the right time to help us open the 1940s Tea Window, selling drinks and snacks to visitors. She loves the busy summer time and chatting to people about their day.

People at the tea window with banners on the wall

What is your role at Upton?

My roles have been various; house host, the 1940s tea window during the summer, event helper, supporting tours and helping with the evaluation of projects.

What are you involved with at the moment?

For the next few weeks I will be helping in the tea window and with events.  Working in the tea window this summer was fun, watching our visitors come and go and enjoying their day out.

What made you want to start volunteering with the National Trust?

Getting into volunteering was new to me.  It was my daughter's suggestion, she thought I might like to give it a try after speaking to her friend from Upton who was looking for new recruits.

What's the best part of volunteering?

For me the best part of volunteering is meeting and chatting to our visitors and listening to their stories, particularly relating to the Banking for Victory project.  I also love working in the tea window and helping with the house tours.

What's your favourite part of Upton?

My favourite part of the house is the Banking Hall, especially when people are enjoying sitting at the typewriters.

What's your favourite story about Upton?

A story one of the tour guides told me - about one of the bank staff from Upton, who went to the cinema in Stratford. The doorman wouldn't let her in as she hadn't got her gas mask with her.  So she went across the road to Woolworths and bought a bag (for a gas mask) and then returned to the cinema and was admitted.  The doorman didn't know the bag was empty!

What do you do when you're not volunteering?

When I'm not volunteering I am kept pretty busy.  I continue to do some outside catering, a job I have been doing for nearly 30 years.  I also garden (badly); love the cinema and theatre, reading, cooking and eating out.

What advice would you give someone who was thinking of volunteering for the National Trust?

As for anyone thinking of volunteering I would say - give it a go, you won't regret it, you'll meet new people, make new friends and feel appreciated.