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Garden Blitz activities

Many thanks to our willing volunteers who came along on Friday for our first Garden Blitz session. The grounds are looking a lot tidier now, and everyones efforts are much appreciated.

Our next volunteer gardening session - weather dependent of course, will be on 26th April where we will continue tidying up the grounds and prepare for the coming season. Some basic tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you would like to join us, whether you have an hour to spare or more, please email us to let us know you are coming along.

SPAB Maintenance Volunteers visit

In January 2017 we were pleased to be able to show volunteers from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Maintenance Co-operative around the mill. The volunteers were interested to hear about our plans for learning and hands on heritage skills, with several people signing up to volunteer on the project!

Volunteers in the grounds at Warwick Bridge Corn Mill

Topping Out Ceremony

On the 30th of September 2016 we celebrated 'topping out' the new roof on the drying kiln which is a major part of the emergency repairs funded by Historic England. The louvre in green oak looks amazing and the new Westmorland slate roof will keep the building water-tight. We were delighted to be joined at the ceremony by students from Warwick Bridge Primary School, members of Warwick Bridge and district local history group and City and County Councillors. The students each signed their name on the underside of a slate which we hope will remain in situ on the roof for at least 100 years!

Warwick Bridge Primary School pupils attending topping out ceremony at Warwick Bridge Mill

Specialist Interest Groups

In August 2016 we hosted visits by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Northern members group and volunteers from other mills in Cumbria, including Acorn Bank Mill.Its great to hear from other successful mills!

Visitors looking at window detail inside Warwick Bridge Mill

Community Engagement is key to all our building preservation projects. The support and interest of the local community is crucial to the success of this type of restoration. We are delighted to be working with the local primary school, the local history group, the local Rotary Group, as well as special interest groups such as the North West Mills Group and anyone in the local community and beyond who would like to be involved.

group of people looking at scaffolded building

Community day 13th July 2016

Free guided tours of the corn mill Wednesday 13th July 2016.
Have you been wondering what's happening at the Mill now that scaffolding is in place? Join us for a guided tour and learn the history of the site, see the works currently underway and hear about our plans for the future.
Pre-booking essential. tours at 12,1,2,3.30, 5 and 6pm.
Book your space by email (admin@nect.org.uk) or phone (0191232 9279)

Local History Exhibition, Saturday 4th June 2016

Warwick Bridge Primary School is to host an exhibition by local history society members sharing their oral history recordings with local people and displaying old maps, photos, cencus and other archive material. NECT will also be on hand to talk about progess with works on site at the Mill.

The event takes place from 10.00 - 3.30 pm and all are welcome.

School presentation 9th February 2016

model of mill building9th February saw the presentation of the work of the school to parents and other interested members of the community. There was a chance to talk to ecologists who have been working on the site, as well as see pipistrelle bats. This was also reported in the local paper, the Cumberland News on 12th February and you can read the full article below.

First School visit to the Mill January 2016

Our education and outreach officer, Elanor Johnson, has been working closely with the whole of Warwick Bridge Primary School during this term, and as well as classroom sessions with the children talking to them about the history of the building, and the milling process, also had two days of site visits when each class in the school came out to the mill and saw inside for the first time. The visits were in early January, after the village had been hit by severe winter storms, so they were able to see the effect of rising water levels on the mill and the water course. After their visits, the children returned to school, and in the following few weeks, were involved in writing reports, letters to funders, making models of the mill, and coming up with ideas on how the mill could once again be part of village life.

group of children outside cornmill