The Rollright Trust is reliant on volunteers for administering its affairs, managing and maintaining the Stones and providing information to the public and keeping this website up to date. In additon to the small group of Trustees who provide the backbone of these activities, the Trust enjoys the dedicated support of several other volunteers who help with a range of activities, from ‘gardening’ duties (the Cotswold Wardens are always generous with their time), to clearing rubbish and helping with events. In particular the work of our volunteer wardens is the main means by which we have personal contact with the thousands of visitors to the Stones and the Trust's long term supporters.
We are always keen to welcome new volunteers so please use the Contact page to ask for details.
A table, a chair, a couple of books and leaflets, a money box, a smile; this is the basic kit for being a warden at the Rollright Stones. Some wardens add extras to the basics – a thermos flask of tea with separate milk, a pair of dowsing rods, a bird of prey, a seemingly endless interest in things archaeological. Perched on the edge of a field, with a handful of gnarled stones for company, and fully exposed to the elements – almost always wind, quite often rain and occasionally sun – watching the clouds scuttle across the expansive vista. Meeting people and chatting to visitors from all walks of life and all over the world.
From Easter to the end of September we attempt to have a warden on duty every weekend to welcome the public, collect entry fees, sell guide books and post cards and provide general information. Sometimes this morphs into a public tea-party and other times it fights for space with the telescopes and cameras of the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group (CNAAG). The lack of a permanent shelter does mean that no one is asked to stay if the weather is inclement.
In this day and age there are few places where you can escape the constant electronic clamour that controls our lives and do something positive at the same time. But this is certainly one of them!
We are keen to welcome new wardens so why not come and try it out for yourself? If you would like to become part of this hard working and dedicated band of volunteers please using the Contact page to get in touch and to find out more.