Shed makeover with Jack and Donya

Working Weekends


Our volunteers carry out essential work around the site including maintenance of the grounds and repairs. You can see some of the work they undertake below.

We usually organise three Working Weekends a year - March, June and October. They start on a Friday evening from 17.00 onwards in the "snug" at the Mill. Directions can be found on the Location page of this site. 

2019 DATES

22nd - 24th March 2019

21st - 23rd June 2019

11th - 13th October 2019  

  • There is London transport available which leaves from outside the main gate of the William Ellis School at 18.30 prompt.   Volunteers preferring not to rendezvous at WES for a 18.30 prompt departure may elect to be picked up (and dropped back) from the following train or tube stations at the corresponding times 
  • Gospel Oak  - please arrive by 18.30 and expect the transport to pass around 18.35.
  • Kentish Town - please arrive at the Kentish town end of Prince of Wales Road by 18.35, and expect the minibus to pass around 18.40.
  • Chalk Farm (please wait at the Chalk Farm end of Prince of Wales Road) - please arrive by 18.40 and expect the transport to pass around 18.45.
  • Baker Street - please arrive by 18.50 and expect the transport to pass around 19.00.
  • Shepherd's Bush - please arrive by 19.15 and expect the transport to pass around 19.30.
  • Hammersmith - please arrive by 19.25 and expect the transport to pass around 19.40.
  • Barnes - please arrive by 19.45 and expect the transport to pass around 20.00.

Please inform the warden of the Mill that you wish to attend the weekend AND travel from London by the London transport, indicating pick up point. Other pick up/drop back points are negotiable withthe London drivers.  It is also necessary to exchange contact mobile phone numbers with the drivers for updates on the evening of travel etc.


Please bring old 'scruff' gear for working in and robust footwear - welly boots can be borrowed from the shed on site; a change of clothes for the evenings; sleeping wear, towel wash bag etc; a sleeping bag and a pillowcase. (A bottle or two of your favourite tipple would also be appreciated!)  


On arrival at The Mill, volunteers are allocated their (bunk bedded) room for the weekend and await the London passengers whilst chatting, nibbling and sipping the odd glass of wine/beer etc. Around 21.00, a delicious 2 course supper is served, with wines, beers and coffee/tea to finish. 

Saturday morning begins soon after 08.00 with a cooked English breakfast after which the list of jobs for the weekend is allocated. Mid morning and mid afternoon on Saturday and Sunday there is a refreshment break with plenty on offer to replace the calories already spent. Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes are equally enjoyable fuel stops. Probably Saturday evening's supper is the most eagerly awaited meal as it is a chance to unwind and hopefully chase away the twinges from the day's labour, with more medicinal compound. A Table Tennis Tournament is always on offer for those game before climbing the wooden hill for a restful night's sleep. 

Sunday morning is a slightly later start - 08.30 - when a delicious continental breakfast awaits. 

It is always hoped that the weather will be kind to us on these weekends as a lot of the chores are outside. There are always inside jobs on the list. Indeed no job or contribution is too small.   

We look forward to seeing both familiar and unfamiliar faces again soon!  


If you are interested in volunteering or would like to find out more please contact us

WWW October 5th to 7th 2018



Jack and Margaret arrived before lunch. Jack made a very professional repair of the lower portion of the right hand garage door.

Sheila's Memorial Bench and Steps


Peter jetwashed the bench and steps and excavated for a final fence post to protect the grass from pedestrian traffic. He then fitted a final rail.

Saturday - early breakfast as rain is forecast!


16 tents from Primrose Hill's Year 5 trip were taken down and left to air inside the marquees. Omar oversaw the reclamation of logs from all over the estate, transporting them by tractor and trailor to the woodstore. 

Wet Afternoon followed by Roast Dinner


 The wet afternoon was spent sawing and spitting logs inside the garage plus a few other indoor jobs. 

Tents, chairs, tables, marquees


The sun shone brightly this morning so the team worked doubly hard carrying, stowing and dismantling the above. The Memorial Garden was swept and the garage door repair painted.

Possible barn site and future bonfire


A few days before the weekend, various trees had been professionally felled and their trunks sawn but foliage needed clearing. Peter took on this job, driving all the material to either the log store or to a future bonfire site next to the former swimming pool.