Rydal Penrhos School

Former pupil Mark Baker seeks volunteers for Gwrych Castle fundraising day

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil is seeking volunteers for an Open Day at a castle he is in the process of restoring.

Dr Mark Baker, who left the school in 2003, has led a group of volunteers’ intent of fixing the historic Gwrych Castle, which overlooks Abergele and can be seen from the A55 expressway.

The Grade I listed site was left to rot for decades, but the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, which comprises of 65 volunteers and was formed in 1997, has restored the impressive Gardener’s Tower and they lit the stove and main fireplace for the first time in 100 years at their Open Day on Saturday, May 7.

Dr Baker is now seeking current pupils to help at the Trust’s Fundraising Family Event over two days from Saturday, June 4 to 5.

This will give people another chance to see the ongoing work at the site, which is currently owned by EPM UK Ltd, but Dr Baker says the firm are still seeking funds to progress a planned restoration to an upmarket hotel.

During the event members of the trust will give free guided tours and children’s entertainment throughout.

You can also witness the restored tower, in addition to talking to Dr Baker and members of the trust.

Refreshments will be available and admission is £5 on the gate.

Any pupil wishing to volunteer for the event is urged to contact Dr Baker via email at Gwrychtrust@gmail.com.


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