Get involved in our work as a volunteer, meet new friends and explore all the Chilterns has to offer!
What does it mean to be a 'Chilterns Champion'?
What is the best thing about volunteering with the project? “Meeting others with an interest in the area and hearing the Buckinghamshire accent of my grandmother again after so many years. Finding so many related families in the villages near Chesham.”- Meriel, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project
“The guidance and support offered by Helena and Lesley has been great and their feedback is so encouraging . Of equal benefit is being part of a bigger team. It is very pleasing to see some of my research published on the blog and know I am contributing to a long term project.” – Jane, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project
What I’ve enjoyed and learned: “Finding about women’s craft and skills. I feel part of a skilled community doing original research. Little was known about the Chilterns tambour beaders’ businesses, yet it’s proved a strong story to tell. As I have Woodlanders amongst my ancestors, I was fascinated to learn more about their lives, understand how they fed their families, and to have the opportunity to handle the types of tools that they used” – Susan, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project
“For me personally, it has fulfilled my great ambition of spreading knowledge about local bobbin lace and teaching younger people how to do it. Most of us who have this skill are getting on in years, and I really feel this is important.” – Rosemary, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project
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The 2023 Tracking the Impact season is over. Support continues to grow, and we would like to draw 2023 to a close by saying a huge thank you to everyone involved.