Whitchurch Silk Mill has moved a step closer to securing funding and has been described by Hampshire and Basingstoke and Deane Councils as “a jewel in Hampshire’s crown”.
The Mill is also looking at the feasibility of resuming commercial weaving.

Review and financial support
Keith Watts, Chair of Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust, has been meeting officers in Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council about grant funding for the Mill. One condition of future funding is that a review of all aspects of the Mill be conducted, and Keith was able to reassure the officers that the new Board has the expertise and enthusiasm for a rigorous assessment.
The Board will be working with the Councils and an independent consultant to show that the Silk Mill is worthy of their continued financial support

New Trustees
Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust has held the first meeting of its new Board who will be getting to grips with all aspects of the Mill over the next few months. They also appointed some new Trustees whose expertise will help them.

Weaving to restart?

Weaving to resume
They also appointed a new Board of Whitchurch Silk Mill Trading Company who will be looking at the feasibility of resuming commercial weaving. The team at the Mill is looking to ensure that weaving will resume at least for demonstration purposes, as soon as possible.

Demonstrations
In the meantime, there is a varied programme covering a range of demonstrations. All of these are open to visitors to the Mill at no extra charge. There is lots to see in the Mill and looms to try for yourself.

Chairman, Keith Watts, said,

“We are really looking forward to the next few months at the Mill as we build a plan for the future. We will be involving the whole team there as well as the Friends of Whitchurch Silk Mill and have the active support of a very talented group of people, both on the Board and in the background.

“Visitor numbers are increasing and the Mill urgently need more volunteer tour guides to help people get the most out of their visit. All in all, the future is looking bright.”

Prospective volunteers should contact Julia Trinder

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