Grant from the Culture Recovery Fund
Grant from the Culture Recovery Fund6th September 2021
Cultura Trust has received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund in respect of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill
Cultura Trust has received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. £31,757 has been allocated to Warwick Bridge Corn Mill to support it during the pandemic, including re-opening for public tours and courses.
Following a £2m project to restore the mill, Cultura helped establish a Community Benefit Society, Warwick Bridge Corn Mill Limited, to run the mill. It engaged Breadshare Community Bakery to take on the day-to-day operation of milling and baking. Trading began just as the first lockdown took effect, which prevented much awaited public access and courses in traditional baking. Now that restrictions have eased, Warwick Bridge Corn Mill Limited receives £12,557 to support publicity, events tours and visitor information. Cultura, as landlord, has allocated £19,200 for works to the historic machinery and hydro-electric installations, linked to delivering training for site staff and volunteers.
Phil Healy, Chair of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill Limited, is optimistic about the future:
“The mill has had the toughest of start-ups but everyone has rallied and we’ve had the privilege of serving the community through tough times. This funding supports our earned income to begin to realise our potential in full.”
Graham Bell, Director of Cultura, adds:
“We really appreciate the Culture Recovery Fund grant and how Cultura can pass on the benefits to this amazing mill and those turning our vision into reality. The pandemic has revived interest in wellbeing, wholesome food and environmental sustainability; every loaf, pastry and biscuit bought here, every tour and every course, every hour of volunteer time, all reinforce that.”