Director's Blog - December 2018

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Another wet weekend. The house certainly keeps us busy.

'A bit of a fixer-upper'

When my wife, Amy and I purchased our home a few years back, it seemed perfect. A lovely old, Victorian end-terrace on the edge of Cardiff. It had everything we were looking for, other than having a rather dated bathroom. We put aside some savings to update it and enjoyed our first Christmas in the new place. Unfortunately, we had a particularly wet winter, and to our horror, our lovely new home turned out not to be waterproof.

So much for the new bathroom. Instead, our savings went on re-rendering our walls. We plan on staying in this house for a long time, so it made sense to sort out the fundamentals, even if they weren’t very exciting. Insole Court is a lot like this, and not only because it often lets the rain in (as you can see in the pic). There are so many parts of the mansion that we’d love to do more with and we will. Our lease from Cardiff Council is for another 78 years so that should be enough time! There is certainly a lot more to do, and a lot more to look forward to!

There are lots of improvements in the pipeline for 2019; some that you’ll notice, some you won’t, but they’ll all be focused on improving our visitor's experience, whether you’re looking to learn more about the Insole family, or you're attending an event. We will also be investing in our Stable Yard hire rooms to keep them at their best. With over 30 classes every week, and over 10,000 site users each month, these rooms take some wear and tear, and we’ll be giving them a lick of paint over the quiet, festive period.

We’re a small team here at Insole, in fact, we have over ten times more volunteers than staff! We plan on expanding the team soon but we’re always looking for more help, so if you’d like to get involved, take a look at our Volunteering page.

All the team here love meeting our visitors, our friends and neighbours so if you see me during your next visit, come and say hello. We’ll be lighting the fire in the Reading Room over the Christmas week, so get your Potting Shed coffee to go, and come and join me for a chat.

Thank you for supporting Insole Court this year. In case I don’t see you, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.

You can keep in touch with Insole Court on Facebook, Twitter and by email newsletter. You can also find me on Twitter here @MrGrayHill

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