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A Day in the Life of a Treasure Trails Partner

Treasure Trails has a group of authorised Trail writers that between them cover virtually all of the UK ensuring that current Trails are up to date and new Trails are written in places that are crying out for them!

We follow one authorised Trail writer over a typical day!  Amanda and her husband David have been associated with Treasure Trails since 2007 and are Treasure Trail Gold Partners.

First Thing and Most Days

Amanda checks her own and the Treasure Trails Twitter feeds and where appropriate communicates with customers and retailers and other interesting people that are chatting about Treasure Trails or other relevant topics.  She reads Facebook at this time too.  Emails are next on the list and she is particularly interested in any answers that have been submitted because with those comes feedback from customers.

The feedback that we get generally falls into two different types

  1. The people loved the time they spent out with their friends and family exploring a new area
  2. Regular Trailers and new Trailers let us know if they couldn’t find a clue

It is incredibly heart warming to read that folk have enjoyed something that she has created, Amanda told us.

On the other hand if a Trailer reports that a clue has gone missing, then solving that issue goes to the top of the “to do” list. There are several checks that Amanda does to identify if the clue really has disappeared; including having a look at the “Stuck on a Clue” data to see if anyone has phoned through to get answers to that particular clue.  Sometimes a clue is elusive to some but obvious to others and in her early days, Amanda told us that she often used to rush out to check only to find the clue was in situ!

A day in the office

On office days Amanda and David get involved in quoting for bespoke projects which could be anything from a request to create a hen party challenge, or to run a team building event for a local company or deliver some training in how to create a treasure hunt, the Treasure Trails way, for a local school.

As well as quoting for new business, Amanda and David spend their time creating the products that they are delivering and Amanda told us that currently they have a 80 head team building event they are working on for delivery at the end of June. They also have a couple of hen party challenges they are personalising.  They have been working with a school in Shropshire and are awaiting the school’s data so they can input it into Treasure Trails’ bespoke software.

Amanda spends much of her office time on marketing the business through social media channels which she has found is a useful way to develop the brand, build her knowledge of the local community and get sales leads!

The best bits

A Day in the Life of a Treasure Trails PartnerWriting new Trails is one of the best bits of being a Treasure Trails Partner – researching a new area, town or village to identify the best bits of the place and then heading out there to walk the researched route, photograph possible clues and sort out an accurate set of directions fulfils the creative urge!  Both Amanda and David write new Trails and once they are back in the office they build the Trail in Treasure Trails’ bespoke software, print a draft copy and then head out again to test it. They test each other’s and then put the Trail out to an independent tester to ensure it ‘works’.  They also complete a risk assessment, write the back stories and fact files and make sure the whole thing hangs together so that they can look forward to 10/10 ratings from Trailers and great feedback!

The latest feedback that was received for their Hereford Murder Mystery was “I thoroughly enjoyed this trail, a great way to keep fit and have fun along the way”.  And for their Malvern Hills Driving Trail “We had a great day on the trail with our two children 6 and 2 and an elderly relative who can only walk short distances. It worked really well to entertain the children while not having to go too far if we didn’t want to.”

Our Treasure Trails Partners really appreciate any feedback you want to give after doing a Treasure Trail either when you submit an answer, or through Facebook or on Twitter. And if it is great feedback we are thrilled and if something has gone wrong then we really want to know that too.  We look forward to hearing from you!

7th May 2014

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St George was a Treasure Trailer!

The patron saint of England is St George and today is Saint George’s Day!

For many people in England, today is an ordinary working day, although this year with it being so close to Easter, some people may still be on holiday. The 23rd April is the traditionally accepted date of St George’s death in AD303. His parents were Greek Christians and his father was an officer in the Roman army. George also became an officer in the Roman army and although he is the patron saint of England, he wasn’t English and there is no hard evidence to suggest that he ever came to England.

Crusaders were early Trailers!

St George was a Treasure Trailer!When the first crusaders set off (calling themselves ‘pilgrims’), they wore large red cloth crosses, hence the subsequent naming of ‘crusade’, originally derived from the latin word ‘crux’. As pilgrims, the original crusaders saw themselves as undertaking an armed mission or pilgrimage, and the ‘taking of the crux’ all the way to Jerusalem symbolised their vows that would only be fulfilled upon reaching their destination. The first crusade was 1096 to 1099 and the popularity of St George seems to rise with the Crusades. He was reported to have appeared during the battle of Antioch in 1098, although the first church in England to be dedicated to him was earlier than this, in Doncaster, in 1061.

King Richard I (the Lionheart) of England adopted St George during the Third Crusade (1191-2) and he became the patron saint of England during the late Middle Ages. In 1415 Henry V used him to rally his troops before the battle of Agincourt and in the 15th Century St George’s Day was as popular as Christmas!

So where did he do his Trailing?

As well as England, St George is also the patron saint of umpteen other places and whilst it is hard to identify exactly where he travelled to he is associated with various countries including Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, George, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia. Interestingly he is also the patron saint of several cities – Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Caceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod and Moscow. This isn’t a definitive list as there are other places included in different sources.

Scouts, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers amongst many others all also claim him as their patron saint. With thanks to Project Britain for the information!

He is always depicted as a knight carrying a shield with a red cross (or a banner with a red cross), generally sitting on a horse and always killing a dragon!

St George was a Treasure Trailer! - Brinsop ChurchRemember St George when you are out and about this weekend.

English Heritage has a whole list of events associated with St George happening this weekend. Or you could make your own entertainment, by going out on a Trail dressed as St George and carrying your sword in case you meet any dragons along the way!

Upload your St George’s Day photos onto our facebook site – we’d love to see them.

Sources: Wikipedia, Project Britain, Britannia

23rd April 2014

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