Mud, Sweat and Christmas Cheers

After we finished at Cullintraw this morning, we all returned to the Old Schoolhouse on the Portaferry Road to warm up and indulge in some mulled wine, mince pies and other tasty snacks. We had certainly worked up a healthy appetite so the food wasn’t going to last long.

The Old Mount Stewart School House

The school was originally built to educate the children of the families who were employed on the Mount Stewart Estate. Today, it is the office and workshop for the team of National Trust Wardens who look after Strangford Lough and much of the surrounding countryside.

There were over 20 of us, and it was a great way to relax and socialize at the end of what has been a very busy season. It isn’t all about hard, physical graft – our volunteer group is very good at relaxing and chatting too.

Staff and volunteers enjoying some Christmas snacks

Special mention has to go to Phil’s home-made Game Pie. It was delicious. Hopefully we will find plenty of reasons to repeat social occasions like this in the future.  We have many exciting projects lined up to help us burn off the calories.


About National Trust Volunteer Group

We are a group of National Trust Countryside Wardens and Volunteers who regularly get together to do a number of interesting projects to inhance our countryside and wildlife. We spend most of our time around the internationally important site of Strangford Lough and some near by countryside sites. If you ever fancy joining us for a day out, you will be made most welcome.
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2 Responses to Mud, Sweat and Christmas Cheers

  1. Tim says:

    It was a really enjoyable occasion. I’m looking forward to two more NT staff Christmas dinners within the next seven days.

  2. Always nice to see a schoolhouse!

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