LATEST NEWS FROM WBCM
LATEST NEWS FROM WBCM20th April 2020
FLOUR PRODUCTION UNDERWAY! • Flour production has started on site • Service Level Agreement with Breadshare in place • Community Shares Booster Programme confirms cash allocation
The recent and ongoing Covid-19 crisis has impacted on the project implementation, but we are delighted to be able to announce that flour production has started at the site. Initially we plan to produce our wholegrain stone ground flour on a weekly schedule to be available for purchase through selected local retailers in Warwick Bridge and the surrounding area. We have been very conscious of the shortage of flour and keen to have this local service up and running and will confirm where you are able to purchase from later this week. What we can say is that it will not be available directly from the mill.
The plans for the bakery have had to be delayed, however this situation will be reviewed over the next two weeks and as soon as we are able to progress them we will push on. The timetable had been to be in full commercial production by late May / early June reflecting the extension period from the original timetable. It is likely that this will need to be pushed back although that will depend on our ability to procure equipment and progress installation.
With the current lockdown the events scheduled for the end of March and beginning of April were cancelled. As soon as we are able to reschedule we will let you know; we will be following Government guidelines in respect of social gathering so the timescale will depend on that.
Cash received in respect of the share offer now sits at £51,000 and we have submitted our claim for matched funding to the Community Shares Booster programme. As the share offer is not yet fully subscribed shares remain available to be purchased so anyone interested in contributing to this exciting community venture, has not done so yet, or wishes to purchase additional shares is still able to do so. Shares cost £100 each and multiple shares can be purchased through the website or by postal application.
Chair of the Board Phil Healy said, "We are delighted in the current climate that we have been able to get production underway. The Covid-19 situation is impacting greatly on our society and we have been keen to make our contribution as well as securing the future of the site. The challenge for us is to maintain this operation throughout these difficult circumstances, and with the help of our local community we are confident this can be achieved."