Become involved as a volunteer at the Old Rectory

The Old Rectory in Epworth. E1820TS Picture: Tony Saxton
The Old Rectory in Epworth. E1820TS Picture: Tony Saxton

An historic home that is responsible for attracting thousands of visitors to Epworth from all over the world each year, has opportunities for anyone interested in helping to run it over the summer.

Epworth’s Old Rectory, an accredited museum, is appealing for local people with a little time to spare to come forward to help run the Grade 1 listed building on a weekly basis.

“Our team of helpers has reduced in numbers of late and we need more volunteers to help with the day-to-day visitors and in our gift shop,” explained Gill Crawley, the Old Rectory’s Development Manager.

She said that no one would be thrown into the ‘deep end’ when it came to helping out and that help and advice would be given to anyone who decided they might be able to give up a little of their spare time.

The Old Rectory is famous throughout the world as the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, the two brothers who founded the movement that went on to become the Methodist Church.

At present, a renovation scheme is underway to restore the building to the way it would have looked when occupied by the Wesley family in the early 18th century.

There have been several exciting finds within the fabric of the building as work progressed, including that of a hidden shoe, that could possibly have belonged to one of the Wesleys.

Anyone who thinks they might be able to help, or who would like further information, should call Ms Crawley on (01427) 872268.