At the Friends’ recent Annual General Meeting (13 March 2019), Gill James appealed for volunteers to help out at Wanstead Park’s historic Temple.
For some years, the former garden building, thought to have been built around 1760 by John, Earl Tylney of Castlemaine, to house an estate menagerie, had been open at weekends and bank holidays. Unfortunately, it had to close for repairs for some months and, when it reopened, its opening hours were reduced to one weekend in four. This arrangement may be revisited after July, when staffing arrangements at Epping Forest should be clearer.
At present only a single member of Epping Forest staff is on duty when the building is open, who would benefit from support. Helping there is not onerous, and regular volunteers find it quite enjoyable.
The Temple will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the following days:
Saturday 23 March
Sunday 24 March
And from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm on the following days:
Saturday 20 April
Sunday 21 April
Monday 22 April
Saturday 18 May
Sunday 19 May
Saturday 15 June
Sunday 16 June
Saturday 13 July
Sunday 14 July
Gill has asked anyone who is interested in helping to contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
On some weekends there will be special events going on, and there will be a three-day opening over Easter.