Sacrewell marks year since completion of Mill project

The team at Sacrewell has been celebrating a year since its mill reopened after a £1.8m refurbishment.

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 3:04 pm

To mark the anniversary of the reopening of the watermill a year ago, staff have been reflecting upon its first year and the reaction from visitors.

Mill project officer Jane Harrison said: “It has been wonderful. We’re still getting people coming to see it who haven’t been since it reopened and the feedback we’ve had is continuously good.

“The year has flown by and it was lovely to look back on it to see how much we have achieved.”

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The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Scott Abbott Trust which owns the site.

Jane added: “We’ve had a list of targets to complete, from innovative school visits to an oral history project and the stories that have come out of it have been fascinating. Having the community come together and embrace this project has been a highlight for all of us.”

Since last July, the mill has had a royal visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester who officially opened the building in October, hosted a successful Harvest Festival, featured on BBC Two’s Victorian Bakers and welcomed more than 100,000 visitors.

In the Autumn the team will attend the national Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors awards in London as the mill is nominated for Building Conservation and Leisure and Tourism awards, having won the regional heat in May.

This week Sacrewell also announced the birth of seven rare-breed British Lop piglets to first time mum, Maggie. Maggie is on loan to the centre from the Goosetree Herd in Coates, Cambridgeshire.

The piglets are currently in the cattle yard and will be put out in the renovated pig paddocks later this summer.