I have recently become active in the volunteering sector – not the sort that really helps my fellow man or woman kind, but more in the heritage side of things. Having said that, the house I am most attached to does have a history of looking after and training or teaching great wafts of the nation in nursing and mdical care of wounded airmen and soldiers. For generations local families used to absolutely rely on it and the families installed there, for their very existence. Whole generations of families would learn all the skills necessary to help keep the ‘big house’ fuelled with staff for everyday living, shooting parties, dinner parties, social calender balls etc. etc. Of course, the learning methods were much more brutal than today – you learnt early or were out on your ear. Learning your place in society was as important asknowing how to do the jobs properly and safely.