A call has gone out across Cheddar…

Volunteers wanted to welcome visitors to Cheddar

A call has gone out across Cheddar and the surrounding area for volunteers to work with the National Trust, offering a warm welcome and helpful information to people visiting the village.

The National Trust Shop in the Gorge already has gifts to tempt in the tourists as well as books and other literature on the village and neighbouring Somerset attractions especially the countryside and wildlife.

Now the plan is to recruit a band of willing and well-informed helpers who will not only take a turn at selling merchandise and membership but also ensure visitors make the most of their trips to the County in general and the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in particular.

“Most people coming here know a little about the world famous gorge and caves but many do not realise how much else there is to see and do here,” said Retail Manager with the National Trust, Fred Wilde.

“Who better to help people plan their visit or explore more of Somerset than someone who lives in the area and loves it,” said Fred. “We are lucky with our volunteers as they give selflessly to us and our visitors so we thought we would put a call out for more to take up this important role.”

The role would suit those who like meeting people and making them feel at home. Successful applicants would be given training, uniforms and travel expenses. They would be required to help at least once a fortnight.

Volunteers would be expected to find out what was on offer in Cheddar and spread the word among the visitors; encouraging them to enjoy the natural beauty of the Mendip Hills AONB and the wider Somerset.

Anyone who thinks the role might be for him or her should contact Fred on 01278 751897 or email Frederick Wilde

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