Meet Margaret, one of our volunteers

Celebrating her 85th birthday today (6th June), Margaret Micklewright has been a volunteer with CPRE Kent since around 1999.

She volunteered to help members meet each other socially and started a varied and imaginative programme of outings. She has run well over 100 different trips to places as varied as Chartham Paper Mill, Saltwood castle, the EU headquarters in Brussels, Tenterden Vineyard and Dungeness Power Station.

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Margaret’s personal favourite outing was a visit to the sewers beneath Brighton – stretching a quarter of a mile underneath the sea below the pier and viewing brickwork untouched since 1860. She remembers the group emerging from the tunnels in their hard hats into a nearby park to the surprise of passers-by.

Her career is a varied one including time working for a consultant anaesthetist on drug trials,  admin work for Ted Heath and exporting spares for textile machinery all over the world. A lifelong countryside and heritage champion, she volunteered for the National Trust for 12 years before coming to the CPRE Kent in 1999.

Margaret also volunteers at the College of Arms where she is secratary to the Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary. Always busy, she says she will not slow down until she’s at least 100.

“Margaret really is an inspiration to us,” said CPRE Kent Chairman Christine Drury. “She is a great example of someone whose volunteering really enriches the charity. We can concentrate on our campaigning work and Margaret adds to the social and fun side which members enjoy so much.”

Margaret has many more outings planned – find out more here and see her full programme here. She gains her inspiration from chatting to people and word of mouth. Plus she organises the annual Christmas lunch – held in January each year.


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