Leader's Blog - volunteering

You may think I’m biased as I live nearby, but I do honestly think that the museum is fantastic.

It is in the enviable position of being right in the centre of Woodstock and just a minute or two away from Blenheim Palace, meaning that it can easily be included in a great day out.

And, where it scores over other museums, is that its focus on Oxfordshire life is second to none. It also has a café serving tasty snacks that can be eaten in the gardens - but beware of the dinosaurs.

In recent years there has been much talk about the Big Society and local people getting more involved in community life. This is something I believe in and so I’ve taken the plunge.

Volunteering isn’t a new thing. Many charities get so much from the passion and commitment of their volunteers and council services too have for many years been enhanced by local people getting involved.

Time will tell how well I do as a volunteer – I hope I fit in and am able to do just as good a job as the others. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on.

In the meantime, why not go along there yourself? It’s free to get in and, at the moment, there’s a fascinating exhibition about hats and shoes from throughout Oxfordshire’s history.