We are hoping to be able to run a friends group that supports the house and gallery. This means that we will be enlisting volunteers to work as guides in the house and gallery, for which training will be provided.
As part of the renovations, a small shop will be created in the gallery, and it is hoped that some of you will take turns in working there too.
The new cafe/brasserie will inject some life to the far side of the kitchen garden where almost nobody ever goes and from which we pick up a great deal of rubbish and undesireable objects every week. Hopefully, a new cafe there will prevent that end of the garden from being such a no-go area to one where we have a lot of fun and movement, while people sit in the sunshine with their refreshments.
There will still be events happening whilst the buildings are closed so keep an eye on emails sent to members for information.
At our AGM last year we talked about Walpole Friends members perhaps helping to raise funds for an object or renovation within the house or gallery and I am currently looking into that.
The Festival Season went well and many people enjoyed comedy, jazz, beer and blues at this popular venue on their doorstep!