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Supper With The National Trust Mountain Heritage Trust and Terry Abraham

The National Trust and Mountain Heritage Trust have join forces for an evening of films, talks, great food and local ales on 29th December at Sticklebarn – Langdale

Join us for an evening of conversation between the Mountain Heritage Trust and Terry Abraham. Terry is a self-taught film maker with a huge passion for the outdoors. He produced and directed the critically-acclaimed films ‘Scafell, a year in the life of England’s highest peak’ and ‘Blencathra, the life of a mountain’… read more

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Why save Nuffield House?

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The National Trust launches campaign to save Morris Minors inventor’s home.
The National Trust has launched a campaign to raise £600,000 to save the “time capsule” home of the man who made motoring affordable for the British masses.
The Morris Motor Company was started in 1910 when bicycle manufacturer William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, turned his attention to cars.
Three years later the two-seat Morris Oxford ‘Bullnose‘ was introduced, helping change the lives of thousands of ordinary people with the dawn of low cost mass-produced vehicles.
As his fortune grew, Lord Nuffield became increasingly aware of the contribution he could make in a pre-welfare state.
As Britain’s greatest ever philanthropist, he gave away over £30 million (the equivalent of £11 billion in today’s money) to support education, hospitals and medical research which continue to benefit millions of people around the world.
Nuffield Place in Oxfordshire was his home from 1933 until his death in 1963. He left the house to Nuffield College in Oxford, which he founded. The College has carefully preserved the house and until recently it has been opened to the public by volunteers from the Friends of Nuffield Place on a limited basis.
Nuffield College has now offered the house to the National Trust. However, in order to open this unique house to the public, and secure its future, the Trust urgently needs to raise £600,000.
Richard Henderson, National Trust general manager, said: “Despite Lord Nuffield’s extraordinary philanthropy and achievements, he remains relatively unknown. His home is a wonderful time capsule without any of the ‘show’ of a multi-millionaire and reveals so much about the man who changed many people’s lives for the better.
“We are determined to open the house as soon as possible and to celebrate Lord Nuffield’s remarkable story. But we need to raise the funds to get the necessary visitor facilities in place and we hope our supporters will help us to meet our target.”
Despite considerable personal wealth, Lord Nuffield lived a modest life and the house and its contents reflect the simple, unassuming home that he shared with his wife.
Many of Lord and Lady Nuffield’s possessions are still where they left them, offering an intimate glimpse into their world. Robes worn to official functions, personal letters and books, and framed cartoons and photographs can be seen throughout the house.
Much of the original decoration and most of the furnishings also remain making it a perfect example of a complete 1930s country home.
Lord Nuffield’s love of mechanical things can be seen in his bedroom which hid a miniature workshop with his collection of hand tools. It was here that he would relieve nights of insomnia by doing delicate metal work.
Kevin Minns, chairman of the Friends of Nuffield Place and great great nephew of Lord Nuffield said: “This wonderfully generous offer from Nuffield College has given the National Trust the opportunity to preserve the legacy of William Morris, Lord Nuffield and save Nuffield Place once and for all.”
The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity with over 350 historic houses, 160 gardens, 1,100 kilometres of coastline, 254,000 hectares of land of outstanding natural beauty, six World Heritage Sites, 28 castles and 60 pubs, and many places to visit.

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The National Trust goes Geocaching

Geocaching, a modern-day treasure-hunt for all the family.
Geocaching (pronounced geo-kash-ing) is a hi-tech treasure hunt that requires a hand-held GPS or a GPS enabled mobile phone to find the geocaches or caches the coordinates of which are listed on websites.
The National Trust is offering visitors an exciting new way to explore its great outdoor places by partnering with GPS experts Garmin this summer.
Geocaching, a family friendly ‘digital’ treasure hunt, will be taking place at over 40 National Trust sites across the country. Visitors will be able to borrow a Garmin handheld GPS device to guide them to treasure ‘caches’ hidden in the countryside and coastland of National Trust sites.
These modern-day treasure-hunts are a fun way for all the family to get out and really experience the outdoors at over 40 National Trust places across the country.
Over the forthcoming months, Garmin will be hosting taster sessions at National Trust places, so visitors from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland can become 21st century treasure hunters.
The Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) has a lot of information and Groundspeak UK and Ireland has a forum to answer any question