National Trust - Leith Hill (nr Dorking)

Baker at Leith Hill Place

What does the role entail?

Inspired by the Great British Bakeoff? Is baking your passion and you love nothing more than whipping up treats for family and friends? Then this is the role for you! As a volunteer baker at Leith Hill Place you will use your skills to create delicious cakes and scones in the original kitchen, supported by other enthusiastic National Trust volunteers. We have a 1930s AGA and an electric oven as well. The results of your efforts are offered to the public for them to enjoy with a cup of tea and they give us a donation. Everything we make goes towards the upkeep of the house.

Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who was also connected with the Wedgwood family and Charles Darwin. The house is still a work in progress and is an unusually informal National Trust place - we even allow visitors to bring their dogs in - and we don't have a commercial cafe so the kitchen is the heart of the house and our only catering option.

What do we expect from you?

We need outgoing, happy, positive people who will greet visitors with a smile and our famous warm welcome. Your enthusiasm and love of the house will shine through and you are encouraged to read and learn about the history so that you can share that with visitors. A knowledge of the National Trust and its work is a must, as is a flexible approach and good team spirit.

Duties include:

  • Dealing calmly with people in a busy environment
  • Baking in front of an appreciative audience
  • Chatting with people who will often ask about the house and what you are baking
  • Being flexible enough to gauge what is needed each day; weekends and weekdays can differ
  • Help make tea for visitors and load the dishwasher on a busy day
  • Our brief online training course to gain food safety level 2, which is a national qualification.

What's in it for you?

Our happy band of volunteers have all joined us in the last two years so there is a great sense of teamwork and 'getting in at the ground level' while the house is in transition. You too can be a part of that.

  • Travel expenses to and from your home can be claimed.
  • Tea, coffee and volunteer refreshments available (but not lunch.)
  • National Trust apron, cooking utensils and all ingredients supplied.
  • Volunteer parking is offsite but close by a few yards up Leith Hill Lane.
  • After 50 hours of volunteering, a discretionary National Trust volunteer card may be issued which gives benefits in other Trust places.

Practical considerations

  • Ideally you will have access to a computer in order to complete the online training and be able to add yourself to the rota.
  • Access to a car is necessary as there is no public transport serving the house.