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Newsletter 114, Autumn 2016   Hampshire Mills Group

 

 

Royal Visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill

 

Pam Moore, with photos by Frank Kenny

 

 

 

 

Claire Isbester (right) welcomes the Duke

 

On Friday 3 June, HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Whitchurch Silk Mill, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson.  They were greeted by the Chairman of the Silk Mill Trust, Town Councillor Mrs Claire Isbester, and the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Mrs Frankum.  The Duke was taken first to see the waterwheel before touring the mill interior where he met staff and volunteers.  A demonstration of weaving was taking place.  His Royal Highness was accompanied by Mrs Christine Beresford, Deputy Chairman of the Silk Mill Trust (a former Mill Manager).

 

 

 

Christine Beresford accompanies the tour

 

As a former architect, His Royal Highness found the plans for the works to the Silk Mill, which it is hoped will be undertaken as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Project, of particular interest.  He also saw the Royal Blood exhibition, a Hampshire Cultural Trust inspired display on the role of royalty in influencing the production of silk.  The visit continued for about an hour.  This was a very welcome boost to the Silk Mill, which is currently raising its profile to generate matching funds for the HLF Project.
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