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Volunteers sought at award winning attraction

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch’s historic silk mill is seeking volunteers to help preserve its weaving heritage.

It comes has the early 19th century building has won a TripAdivsor award. The Mill says their volunteers include people of all ages and are inviting people to get in contact after they were awarded the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award for Visitor Attractions.

The award is based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, placing Whitchurch Silk Mill in the top 10% of attractions around the globe, based on visitor feedback.  

Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at TripAdvisor, said, “Winners of the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards should be proud of their awards. It’s been a challenging year for visitor attractions, but we want to celebrate their achievements. Award winners are known for their exceptional service and quality.

“Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travellers as the world begins to venture out again.”

Whitchurch Silk Mill was built in 1816 and a year later was bought by silk merchant William Maddick who began extensive alterations, including the insertion of a middle floor.

He also created the mill pond and a channel across the front of the building connecting it to the mill race.

The Mill reopened to the public on Tuesday 7th July. One-way routes, hand sanitiser stations, and social distancing measures are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors.

People seeking to volunteer are asked to get in contact with Laney Thorpe by email. Volunteers meet as a team monthly for tea, coffee and cake and the Mill holds two ‘thank you events’ per year.

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