Mission House needs volunteers

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has launched a fresh appeal for volunteer historic ambassadors for the recently-rebuilt Mission House in Bodden Town.

The plea comes following a disappointing public turnout on Thursday night when nobody turned up at a meeting called by the Trust asking for people to help at the house.

The meeting was being held to discuss ways people in the community could conduct tours of the building and explain the history of the house.

‘We’d like to encourage Caymanians who know about our traditions to come forward and help us at the Mission House,’ said Denise Bodden, historic programmes manager with the National Trust. ‘We know there are lots of people out there who may have the time to do this, even if it is only for a few hours a week.’

The house showcases Cayman of yesteryear and contains artefacts, crafts, books and souvenirs and is set amongst beautifully-landscaped grounds, with a traditional sand garden, indigenous plants and trees.

Volunteer ambassadors are being sought because the National Trust, a charitable organisation, does not have the funding to employ staff on a full-time basis for this role.

A large number of visitors to the Mission House are school groups and tourists on the island who are interested in learning about Cayman’s cultural past.

Rebuilt in 2006 the Mission House was the home of the late Emile Watler but was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It was rebuilt by the National Trust after a fund-raising drive and has been constructed as an exact replica of the original building, opening late last year.

The Mission House is open Monday to Saturday, from 9 to 5.30.

Persons interested in helping out at the Mission house may contact Denise Bodden, Programmes Manager at the National Trust for the Cayman Islands at 949-0121, 947-5805 or email nationaltrust.org.ky

The Bodden Town Mission House