As the UK recognises the hard-work and time given by volunteers across the country from 1-12 June, Eastbourne Borough Council acknowledges National Volunteers Week by thanking its many dedicated volunteers who provide services for free in both the events and heritage departments.
Heritage Eastbourne has over 350 volunteers who work on collections and exhibitions, help with the running of events and stewarding at the Redoubt Fortress and in the Pavilion, carry out research for collections and volunteer their time on archaeological excavations.
Each year the Beachy Head Marathon is a highly successful event and one of the biggest on Eastbourne’s event calendar and it would not be possible without the help of hundreds of people who volunteer their time to create a great event.
The event is usually marshalled by 150 volunteers, all helping to ensure a safe and enjoyable marathon, either out on the course supporting the runners with motivational cheers, driving mini-buses for supporters, assisting with registration, serving food in the kitchen, selling souvenir clothing and many more duties.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Events and Heritage are two of Eastbourne’s biggest service areas, which play a big impact on the town’s tourism offering and have a substantial economic impact on the town too. During National Volunteers Week, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who kindly offer their time free of charge to help us in providing Eastbourne with wonderful events and educational attractions; without the help of volunteers, these areas could suffer. In return the Council offers great support and guidance to all of its volunteers, which can greatly assist in future career paths.”
From 27 July to 9 August Heritage Eastbourne are undertaking a community excavation project, evaluating some earthworks on South Downs just above Willingdon; the site comprises at least one earthwork enclosure of unknown date that has never been archaeologically investigated before and is thus of prime significance. Shape and location indicate either a prehistoric or medieval origin or even the possibility that it could form part of the 18th Century landscaping of the Ratton Estate.
Volunteers are invited to take part in the excavation, finds processing and interpreting the site to the public. Experience of archaeological excavation is useful as the site is likely to be quite complex, but not necessary as training will be given.All participants will need to sign up as Heritage Eastbourne volunteers in order to take part and under 16’s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To take part or for further details anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01323 415641.
Eastbourne Events are still looking for volunteers for this year’s Beachy Head Marathon which takes place on Saturday 29 October. It is one of the biggest marathon events on the South Coast and creates a really great atmosphere, making it a fantastic event to volunteer on. Anyone wanting to volunteer should email Julie.Paul@eastbourne.gov.uk or call 01323 415442.
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