VOLUNTEERS have been thanked for maintaining the area's rich heritage. 

This month, Heritage Open Days offered the opportunity to explore behind the scenes at South Gloucestershire’s historic treasures and attractions, including museums, churches and heritage sites at over 15 venues and events. 

Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Councillor Mike Drew, joined Yate Heritage Centre for their international festival on 16 September at the finale of the Heritage Open Day events.

The festival merges past and present in a unique celebration of culture and creativity.

He said: “There is an army of volunteers in South Gloucestershire, working behind the scenes, to conserve, maintain and share our region’s rich heritage.

Gazette Series: Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Councillor Mike Drew with members of the Friends of Yate

"Without them, much of our heritage would be lost and with it an understanding of the lives of those who came before us and how those lives shape our own today.

“These volunteers work tirelessly, often with little thanks or recognition.

"They share their passion and their understanding with our communities throughout the year.

"I wanted to take this opportunity, when they open their doors to us as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, to pause and mark their accomplishments.

"I wanted to thank them on behalf of the council and our residents for all their hard work in preserving our heritage for all to share.”