Remember, Remember… Get Volunteering this November!

Wacker Quay volunteers

A variety of volunteering opportunities are on offer throughout November for all to enjoy, as part of the Helping Hands for Heritage project.

Bonfire & Potatoes gets the month off to a cosy start on Wednesday 5th November. After clearing around the features of Drakewalls Mine, including the wheal pit and smithy, enjoy baked potatoes around the fire. The event, in conjunction with Cormac and Tavistock Task Force, runs from 10am – 4pm. Volunteers are welcome to come for all or part of the day.

Bring your memories and stories along to a one-day History Roadshow at Cotehele Quay, on Friday 7th November. Dig out your old photos, stories, films and anything else you think may contribute to the history of the Tamar Valley, between 11am and 4pm, to help Azook and build a picture of Valley life. Drop-in session, no need to book.

okeltormine1890Discover the Industrial Archaeology of the Tamar Valley on Saturday 8th November, with Cornwall Council’s Senior Archaeologist Colin Buck. A free day of indoor discussions and outdoor site visits, including a trip to Tavistock, lunch and refreshments. Throughout the day, you will find out more about the World Heritage Site and what life was really like 150 years ago in the Tamar Valley. The event will run from 9:45am – 5:15pm, meeting at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls.

East Kit Hill Mine is the venue for Wednesday 12th November’s volunteer day. Cut and clear brambles and gorse from this lesser-known mine site, ore processing area and hidden structure, and enjoy a fungus foray. The day begins at 10:30am and should finish by 4pm.

On Saturday 15th November, we head to the Lynher area of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to manage the vegetation and install a bench at Wacker Quay. Find out more about the sensitivities of managing archaeology and the significance of the heritage at this special site. Join us between 11am and 4pm. Please book direct with Dave Readman – 07792 483669,

Space Odyssey 3Don’t miss the FREE Stargazing events later in the month. Head to Buckland Abbey or Harrowbarrow Village Hall on 21st and 22nd November for a truly memorable experience, in conjunction with Space Odyssey.

Finally, we celebrate National Tree Week on Saturday 29th November, 11am – 4pm, with Winter Woodlands at Cleave – a magical site with historical significance. Join in with practical work in the morning, then learn how to stack and season logs, identify & record trees, and collect seeds to take home and grow your own. Please book direct with Dave Readman, 07792 483669,

Booking is essential for all events. Unless stated otherwise above, to secure your place, for further information on the events, or for more detail about the Helping Hands for Heritage Project, please contact Sam Barnes at the Tamar Valley AONB office, 01822 835030,