Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Eileen ClarkSteering Group Member
Eileen Clark was an Agricultural Adviser with ADAS/MAFF now renamed DEFRA and is now retired and living in Wetheral. She has lived and worked in Cumbria for 35 years working in the Poultry lndustry and in Farm Tourism. Community minded, she is a PCC member of the Parish Church and was involved in 1985 in the restoration of the Howard Chapel adjoining the Anglican Church. Continuing to volunteer in different community organisations in Wetheral Village her most recent undertaking is to join the steering committee of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill. Eileen feels that saving this historic Corn Mill from almost extinction and now to support its revival is a challenging venture.
Gill BruceSteering Group Member
An expat Geordie midwife, Gill moved to Carlisle in 1992. Always keen on coffee and a craic when she retired in 2016 Gill began leading walking history tours of Carlisle city centre in the summer months. Volunteer work was also on her agenda both at Carlisle Castle during the Weeping Window exhibit, and latterly at the Corn Mill with Cultura Trust. Community involvement has always been important to Gill, to feel part of the village and make everyone feel welcome not isolated. Her aim in volunteering with the Community Benefit Society is to strive to provide opportunities within the Corn Mill that will involve and entice all age groups to get involved, ensuring that the Corn Mill once again becomes an important part of Warwick Bridge.
Graeme MonroSteering Group Member
Graeme hails from Aberdeen. However, since 1971, he has spent most of his life in Kenya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and many other African countries working as a Civil Engineer specialising in water supply. Why did Graeme choose to retire to Carlisle rather than Africa or Aberdeen as originally planned? Family are spread between Glasgow and Lincoln and Carlisle is somewhere in between the two thus making family get-togethers easier to manage. In 2009 he and his wife bought a “new-build” in Warwick Bridge across the road from the Mill. When age caught up and long distance travel was no longer a pleasure in 2013 they finally moved in. Being someone with an interest in the maintenance of “Ye Olde England” and having watched the Warwick Bridge Corn Mill slowly become a viable entity under the aegis of Cultura, he volunteered to join the Steering Group which is responsible for managing the overall operation and maintenance of the Mill. Graeme’s technical background will be of use to it’s efficient running.
Graham BrooksSteering Group Member
Graham moved to the Carlisle area in the early 1980s for work and spent 24 years running a small business in the area before selling it on in 2013. He has worked part time since then whilst increasing his involvement in a number of volunteering activities. He has always had an interest in industrial and local history, has served on the committee of the Cumbria Industrial History Society for over 25 years as the Editor and recently as Vice Chairman and on the Industrial Archaeology Committee of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeology and Antiquarian Society as secretary for 20 years. Other commitments include regularly volunteering with the Lake District National Parks Archaeology volunteers and the Nenthead Mines Conservation Trust. Having driven passed the Corn Mill nearly every day and having watched it deteriorate over the past 30 years the opportunity has arisen to see the mill back in good condition and restored to working order and Graham felt he had something to offer to help make the mill a success.
Lorraine Bearchell-HealySteering Group Member
Born in Sunderland but living most of her younger years just across the border in Dumfriesshire, Lorraine has now lived in the Carlisle area for 30 years, the last 7 of them in Warwick Bridge. Passionate about enabling young people to have the best possible start in life she works at Carlisle Youth Zone as the mentoring coordinator. This involves recruiting, training and managing their volunteer mentors. Having volunteered for almost 20 years as a leader with Girlguiding, she was asked to take on the role of Border Division Commissioner in 2016 and continues to get much enjoyment from doing this. Lorraine is a community minded person and felt her experience in volunteer management would be useful to the steering group as they move the project to the operational stage. She is delighted that Warwick Bridge Corn Mill has been restored and brought back to life and is looking forward to assisting in developing it for the benefit of the community!
Louise GibbonsSteering Group Member
Louise has lived in Corby Hill for a couple of years. She works full time and has an interest in history, old buildings, windmills and watermills and the wildlife of Cumbria.
Philip HealySteering Group Member
Phil was born in Cumbria and has lived in the Carlisle area for nearly 50 years, currently a resident of Warwick Bridge. A former Finance Manager at Cumbria County Council he also worked for Metal Box and at the Cumberland Infirmary. Phil has been involved at Carlisle Rugby Club as a player and officer for over 30 years and currently serves as Board Member and coach of the Colts XV; he has been a previous Treasurer of the club. Having moved to Warwick Bridge 7 years ago Phil has taken a keen interest the development of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill from the start of the project. He is proud to lead the Steering Group as the Community Benefit Society is launched and looks forward to the Mill becoming fully operational again and serving our local community.
Richard BeattieSteering Group Member
Richard is the Finance Manager of Cultura Trust having joined them in July 2013. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Following on from his Civil Engineering degree at Leeds University, he started his career in a local office of a big four accounting practice and then went on to various management and commercial accounting roles in the South of England. His role is management of the Trust's finances which involves him working in the engine room of the Trust and he offers financial advice to various projects run by the Trust.
Karen MasonStaff Member
Karen Mason is our miller, a Cumbrian from the South of the County who has resided in Cumbria all her life apart from a brief period while studying archaeology at Cardiff University. The interest in milling began in 2014 when Heron Mill, near Milnthorpe, had just been restored. She began to volunteer as a tour guide at the mill, moving on to milling demonstrations for visitors as she became familiar with the equipment and its workings. Karen’s passion for milling had begun! Her experience there was all voluntary and Karen also spent time volunteering at Eskdale Mill, supplementing her income with occasional archaeological excavations, working on the family farm, helping with milking the cows and doing some work for the National Parks Authority. Karen’s skills in learning how to ‘listen’ to a mill were being honed all the time. She describes how important it is to understand the different noises of the moving parts, the water, belts, cogs, the mill stones, the damsel (the part that sprinkles the grain onto the stones) and others all help in running the wheel effectively and efficiently. It really makes the mill come alive. She will be leading organised tours of the mill and it is well worth booking a visit or attending one of our Open Days. Karen first came to our Mill as a volunteer from Heron Mill to help clear the ivy from the derelict building before restoration began. She liked the look of it! When NECT, now Cultura, advertised for a miller to assist in the restoration and running of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill, she was delighted to apply for and be offered the job. Having spent over a year recording, archiving and photographing the various bits of the building and assisting in its restoration she is now excited that it has been brought back to life and is eager to see it producing quality flour on a regular basis. It has been a long and sometimes challenging process and when asked how she felt about the mill finally being ready for flour production, her comment was ‘At last!’