LEDBURY residents being invited to ‘drop in’ at the Heritage Centre in Ledbury and talk to volunteers who staff the museum.

And organisers hope to not only attract big numbers but to end up with a few more volunteers on their books.

A spokesman said: "It goes without saying that the building can only be open during the season as a result of the efforts of our wonderful band of volunteers. There are over fifty at present but we have a few gaps to fill for the coming season.

"Support is provided and you don’t have to be an expert to play a valuable role at the Heritage Centre."

The spokesman said of the 'drop-in' day, on Saturday March 24, from 9.30am to 2pm: "Hear about some of the developments that are taking place – the oral history project, a programme of children’s activities and research into the use of the buildings in the Homend over the last 150 years. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

"The Heritage Centre will also be opening this year on Good Friday, March 30. Last year was one of our most successful with over 25,000 visitors coming in from all parts of the globe. Visitors particularly enjoy the atmosphere of the building, the huge chimney, the construction of the building itself and the friendliness of the volunteers."

The Heritage Centre is now in the ownership of the Ledbury Places group: a local Charitable Trust and some exciting events are being considered for the coming season to raise awareness of the building and its wonderful heritage."

Anyone wishing to get involved with Ledbury Heritage Centre as a volunteer can phone 01531 633637 for further details.