FRIENDS OF BERRY CASTLE
The Friends of Berry Castle was formed in 2015, to preserve and raise the profile of Berry Castle, protecting it for future generations. As a purely volunteer based group, each person brings their own ideas and skills, helping us move the group forward. The Friends of Berry Castle have continued their voluntary work, focusing on different projects each year. Previous years, an open day was held, as part of the Festival of Archaeology. This was attended by over 300 people, offering an insight into the site and its history.
We have completed a set of information boards which will be situated at Berry Castle and also, we are developing an educational resources for schools (which will be online soon). But Friends of Berry Castle offers more than passing on information. We offer a chance for people to get involved in something for the community. We host talks about local history, where supporters can share their interests with a larger audience. Quizzes give a light-hearted social gathering for anyone who wishes to attend; perfect for a night out with friends, or a chance to make more friends. The group also arrange visits to historical sites (which can be seen in the 'Gallery'). In order to maintain the Berry Castle site, for everyone to enjoy, we also hold maintenance meetings, to keep the grasses down, but allowing the wild flowers to grow through.
All this is organised and run by a dedicated group of people. We would like to extend an invitation to join us. We would value new ideas and suggestions, in order to further our work and can offer a friendly reception and a chance to help restore and maintain a local historic landmark. Also, to work out in the fresh air, as well as an opportunity for socialising and sharing the skills you could bring to the group.
Along with the advice and support from organisations such as Historic England and Clinton Devon Estates, we have received grants and donations from a number of local groups, which have allowed us to further our work with the Berry Castle site.
We would like to thank the following for their continued support:-
Coastal Recycling Community Fund Grantscape
Alverdiscott and Huntshaw Parish Council
Weare Giffard Parish Council
Bill Shaw (illustrator)