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Fresh wind in old mill’s sails

Jane Phillimore, Paul Hawes, John Waller,Jim and Ava Pace who officially opened the mill, Joff Whitten Heritage Lottery Fund. ANL-140417-094052001

Jane Phillimore, Paul Hawes, John Waller,Jim and Ava Pace who officially opened the mill, Joff Whitten Heritage Lottery Fund. ANL-140417-094052001

After a year-long restoration project, Burwell’s Stevens Mill has opened its doors to the public.

Burwell’s MP Sir Jim Paice was invited to perform the re-opening ceremony which was combined with an afternoon of celebration and family activities.

The mill was then open for tours with visitors being given the opportunity to talk to the people involved in the mill’s restoration.

The reopening celebrations include bread-making demonstrations and a special ceremony around the placing of a time capsule in the mill containing objects chosen by Burwell children.

More than 400 people were at the opening and Jane Phillimore, the project manager said: “People were queuing up for the tours it was a really successful day.”

The mill is now open for tours on Thursdays and Sundays between 11am and 5pm and on bank holidays.

The £420,000 Fresh Wind in Our Sails restoration project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aimed to restore the Grade II listed, four-storey tower mill, built around 1820, to working order so its milling machinery using sails and windpower were accessible to the public.

 

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