The Mill has been through many periods of hard times during its lifetime, and its survival is threatened once more. We need your help now more than ever.
At what is usually our busiest time of year, we have joined the national effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by closing our doors to ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. The Mill is funded by visitors admission fees and income from the sale of gifts and refreshments; we usually welcome about 30,000 visitors a year. The closure means we have lost vital income.
The monthly cost of maintaining the Mill even when closed is £10,000. We care for an historic building and stretches of the River Test, a world famous chalk stream and a Site of Special and Scientific Interest, as well as a museum, visitor centre and collections. A small team of staff and lots of volunteers are ensuring the Mill is safe and can safely reopen as soon as it can.
We have little external funding and no significant reserves. The Government’s support has been vital at this time, and we are doing all we can to secure funding and donations to ensure we survive. Our volunteers, supporters, friends, regular visitors and staff are all helping in whatever way they can too. But these efforts alone cannot make up for the huge loss of visitor revenue.
Without enough money to maintain cashflow through the rest of the year, as we will have fewer visitors than we need to survive, and with very little in reserve to reopen, the Mill is now at great risk – a risk that increases with every day that we remain closed.
Every donation helps the Trust preserve living silk weaving heritage at the Mill. Please give what you can. If you cannot donate, please share this campaign with friends, colleagues, and your community. These are difficult times for everyone, and Whitchurch Silk Mill needs your help.
We have set up a Just Giving Campaign https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportwhitchurchsilkmill
You can also donate via our website. Click the Support Us button.
To all our visitors, we hope to welcome you back soon. Thank you for your support. And please stay safe.