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Is there will to help at mill?

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Volunteers are wanted to help run the new Jordan’s Mill attraction.

The Biggleswade flour mill is being renovated and will re-open in the spring, along with a new riverside cafe, mill shop, meeting and function rooms and gardens.

There will also be a museum and a decked area for eating and drinking, which will overlook the mill leat.

The attraction, which will be known as the Holme Mills Heritage Centre, is seeking volunteers who can become tour guides, stewards, gardeners, education assistants, oral history collectors and collators.

Staff are also looking for help with archive support.

Three information drop-in sessions are being held so would-be volunteers can find out more.

They will take place at The Stables at The White Horse pub in Southill from Thursday to Saturday, January 17 to 19, from 7pm to 9pm on the Thursday and Friday and from 10am to 3pm on the Saturday.

Helen Close, volunteers’ manager for Jordans Mill, said: “Many people in the area have been touched in one way or another by Jordans over the years, directly or indirectly, and I know that there are lots of stories to be told!

“We are looking for volunteers with a keen interest in the mill.

“Full training and support will be provided to successful applicants and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to our information drop-ins, which are open to anyone aged 16 and over.”

The Jordans & Ryvita Company is Biggleswade’s biggest employer and it has concentrated on creating a sustainable, eco-friendly building at the site.

The mill – the home of Jordans cereals and cereal bars – was first bought by the Jordans back in 1855 and is now owned by a charitable trust.

Cereal barons Bill and David Jordan have been producing the company’s range at the site since 1970.

For more information about the firm see www.jordanscereals.co.uk

 

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