Four members of the Board and Lisa Gale, Visitor Experience Manager will be making the most of the “Rule of 6” to get together for a fundraising walk. On Saturday 24th April they will set off from the Silk Mill to follow the course of the River Test as far as Longparish and back. This is a distance of between 7 and 8 miles.
They will be with Simon Coates, one of the Mill’s supporters who has undertaken to walk 10 miles a day for 8 months (a total of 2000 miles) in aid of 16 charities in the region, of which the Silk Mill is one. Read more about his challenging project at www.charityhikes.org.uk.
Simon was inspired to add the Mill to his list of charities by his close friend Lisa Gale, who manages the exhibitions and events programme that delight visitors at the Mill. He said “Whitchurch Silk Mill brings to life for new generations the history of Britain’s oldest working silk mill still in existence. It provides an opportunity for them to gain first-hand experience of the skills, techniques, and methods used to create beautiful silk fabric. It is a cause close to my heart.”
Like so most heritage attractions in Hampshire Whitchurch Silk Mill was closed for 7 out of the last 12 months. Despite receiving grants from the Emergency and Recovery Funds, the Mill’s reserves have shrunk since the pandemic started. Essential maintenance and repairs to the 200-year-old building and gardens risk being delayed if additional funds aren’t found. For more information and details of how you can contribute go to www.charityhikes.org.uk.