Volunteers needed to help restore Wymering Manor in Portsmouth

Volunteer  Andrew Mason helps with the re-furbishment of Wymering Manor with volunteers from Highbury College (left to right), Dan Fisher, Nigel Groom, Micky Dobson and Max Richardson.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14962-4) PPP-140104-160833003
Volunteer Andrew Mason helps with the re-furbishment of Wymering Manor with volunteers from Highbury College (left to right), Dan Fisher, Nigel Groom, Micky Dobson and Max Richardson.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14962-4) PPP-140104-160833003

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help give Portsmouth’s oldest house a new lease of life.

Gardeners, guides and fundraisers are among the volunteer roles at Wymering Manor in Wymering.

Wymering Manor trustee Andrew Mason said the project to restore the manor, which started last year, was entirely dependent on volunteers.

Mr Mason said the one-acre grounds the manor sits on would be a volunteering focus in coming months.

He said: ‘Over the summer we’re looking to get cracking on improving the gardens.

‘The whole site is about an acre, and there’s a few unruly trees and shrubs in there, so we want to start planting out to get it looking really nice.’

Wymering Manor has more than 1,000 years of history and some materials inside date back to the Romans.

Mr Mason said most of the building dates back to the 16th century, and work was well under way bring it back up to scratch after years of neglect.

He said: ‘We’ve made a huge amount of progress.

‘We’ve done a lot of repair work, particularly to the Victorian wing and that’s not too far away from opening.’

Mr Mason said the aim was to turn the manor into a community hub.

The manor’s restored music room hosted its first concert two weeks ago as part of Lost Hour Pompey events across the city, which mark the clocks going forward.

Mr Mason said: ‘We’re looking to have a lot more open days, concerts and theatrical performances where people can help out.

‘We have a fundraising team and people can get involved with helping to run fairs and possibly write bids for grants.’

The manor is due to open for regular viewing in June for at least a few days a week.

Mr Mason said: ‘We’ll need volunteer guides and people who are happy to be there, supervise and answer questions.’

For more information 
e-mail office@wymeringmanortrust.com or call 07856 482957.