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  • Great value at Spring Fair this weekend

    Sacrewell is celebrating spring in the countryside at its two-day event this weekend, which is inclusive with normal admission to the centre.

    Across the site you’ll be able to join in Maypole and Morris Dancing, try your hand at milling and sheep shearing and relax while listening to some live music and tasting real ales, including Sacrewell’s new own brew, Miller’s Ale, which will be launched at the event.

    “We have a really good working relationship with The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham and having toured their brewery last year, we decided to create our own bottled ale,” explains PR and Communications Manager, Megan Allen.

    “The ale and bottle will celebrate our 18th Century grade II* listed watermill and will be a tribute to the hard working men and women of the mill.”

    Children under 12 can also enter their names into the draw to become May King and Queen. There will be one winner picked in the afternoon each day and they will receive a prize and a royal tractor tour of the farm with their families, where they can wave to their loyal subjects.

    Megan added: “It’s the first time we’ve had a May King and Queen at Sacrewell at the Spring Fair and we’re really looking forward to waving them off on their royal tour.

    “It’s just for fun and names will be picked out of a hat. We’re working with Vicki from Paisley Flower Co in Oakham who is creating some beautiful prizes for us.”

    Origin8 at Sacrewell will be cooking up a storm on the barbecue, which will be available from the cafe.

    Sacrewell is just off the A1/A47 at Wansford, Peterborough and is open from 9.30am to 5pm every day with camping and caravanning pitches available for overnight visitors.

  • Water win for Sacrewell Mill

    Sacrewell Mill was awarded Project of the Year in the East of England at the region’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards last night.

    The £1.8m restoration project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, also won both the categories it was nominated for-Building Conservation and Leisure and Tourism.

    The Mill Project will now be put forward for RICS’ national awards in the same categories later this year.

    Project Officer Jane Harrison was delighted with the news.

    “It was a tough competition. There were some fabulous projects nominated alongside us and we never dreamed we’d win Project of the Year. It’s such an honour,” she said.

    Sacrewell Watermill was nominated for the awards by Cambridge architecture firm Purcell which worked with project managers The Clarkson Alliance and building firm, Messenger Construction.

    In a statement on their website RICS said: “Our judges felt Sacrewell Watermill was this year’s worthy winner of the accolade as the project exemplifies the objectives of the RICS Awards.

    “The regeneration of this historically important building has not just preserved the past but is part of a broader education programme which aims to teach people all about the agricultural history of the UK. There are also opportunities for people to fully submerge themselves in the atmosphere with campsites situated on the surrounding land. The conservation of an eighteenth century watermill will also be historic, but the way this project has combined conservation with education is part of what sets it apart.”

    As part of the project, the back of the watermill was waterproofed, the waterwheel was repaired thanks to the expertise of Lincolnshire firm Traditional Wheelwrights, the walls were secured and the Collyweston slate roof was removed, cleaned and restored.

    The mill and mill house have been interpreted throughout to reflect Victorian and Second World War working conditions, using the testimonies of people who worked at the mill during both periods found during extensive research by the team. A hydro-electric water turbine has been installed inside the stables to boost the educational value of the mill and to help cut the cost of powering it.

    Everyone at Sacrewell would like to congratulate Jane, Nikki Cherry who is our Learning and Interpretation Officer and all the Watermill Project team for their incredible work.

    Sacrewell’s award-winning Watermill

  • Artist of the month

    We know from past experience that our visitors love to draw, which is why the team in the Playbarn is launching a new monthly competition.

    Artist of the Month will be open to everyone and entry forms are 50p from Reception. All we want you to do is draw your favourite animal/memory/place at Sacrewell.

    In return you’ll be entered into a monthly draw to win a £5 voucher to spend in the gift shop where we’ve got a whole new range of souvenirs and treats to take home with you.

    Ask at Reception for details.

  • Sacrewell goes green for Earth Day

    Today (22 April) is Earth Day and here at Sacrewell we’ve made a pledge to do little things on our own piece of Earth to help create big changes worldwide…

    Green has always been a colour we associate with Sacrewell, so the team  thought it was time the business started to live up to its reputation.

    Over the last few months, staff and volunteers at the heritage farm centre near Wansford have made some important changes behind the scenes, to ensure they’re doing all they can to help reduce their carbon footprint and to preserve the planet-right down to the paper they print on.

    It all boosts the key messages that Sacrewell is promoting by creating electricity through its hydroelectric waterwheel as part of the £1.8m Heritage Lottery Fund supported watermill project.

    “The mill project really made us think about ways we’re using energy,” explains General Manager Debbie Queen.

    “Sacrewell was always ahead of the game when it came to innovative farming under the careful watch of William Scott Abbott, so we thought it was time we brought forward his legacy.”

    At the beginning of April, Sacrewell entered into a new waste disposal contract with Peterborough based firm Viridor, which promises to reuse or recycle 99 per cent of the rubbish it collects.

    The items that can’t be recycled they make into a resource, creating high-quality compost from food waste and electricity from rubbish that would normally go to landfill.

    Sacrewell’s Business Support Manager Anna Mackman has headed the project and says when she started to research a new approach, she was surprised by what she found.

    “I was shocked to discover that some companies still ship waste abroad for disposal and how quick they are to send litres of waste to landfill if they found one item in there that can’t be recycled.

    “Thankfully, we found a contractor who is as passionate about the environment as we are.  When we met with Viridor, we were so impressed with their pro-active attitude towards transforming waste into recycled materials and renewable energy that we couldn’t wait to start working with them.”

    Sacrewell is working hard to ensure the new approach is something their visitors can join in with too. Volunteer John Oliver is building new double bins, with space for recycling and for general waste. And as Viridor has an energy recovery centre for general waste in Fengate, Peterborough, it won’t have to travel far to be recycled into electricity.

    Elsewhere on site, the office staff have changed the way they work as well to ensure they’re doing the best they can to assist the charities’ environmental aims.

    Working with Lyreco for office supplies they have changed to using recycled paper and everyday items such as wristbands for campers are now 100 per cent recyclable. They’ve also got a new printer from Walters in Peterborough which is manufactured by Konica Minolta and is one of the most energy efficient models available.

    Anna said: “Our main stationery supplier offers a full range of sustainable products and are themselves committed to reducing their carbon footprint, keeping packaging and transportation to a minimum and have achieved a 96 per cent recycling rate.”

    The final big move by the visitor centre has been in the gift shop. Sacrewell is now working with VegWare to supply compostable bags and Origin8 at Sacrewell café have also stocked their compostable cutlery, plates and cups.

    Even the animals are doing their bit. Their new food pots from VegWare are also compostable, meaning that they can be reused to grow the nutritious grass nuts they are filled with.

    Debbie added: “I’m really proud of the work Anna and the team have done to exceed our environmental aims and make Sacrewell a greener place to work and visit.”

  • Meet the new team

    Don’t worry, the old team are still here too but we’ve boosted our numbers, welcoming a range of people with different job roles and skill sets.

    A couple of the faces you’ll recognise already… Ben Gwinnett and Sarah-Jane Bancroft have both been promoted to Visitor Experience Assistants. Sarah-Jane will be working across the site, interacting with visitors to improve their experience and running programmed events.

    Ben will be supervising the Playbarn to ensure everything is running like clockwork. He’ll be joined by Tanya Perry who is a drama graduate and has recently returned from teaching English in Italy. Make sure you say “Ciao!” if you see her.

    Joining Sarah-Jane is Jill Judd, a former geography teacher who enjoyed the field trips so much she’s decided to forge a career in outdoor visitor experience. She’ll be using her skills to work closely on our education programme and with groups/tours.

    Over on the ranger team, we’re delighted to welcome Simon Railton as a Conservation Ranger. He’s combined his skills in the sport and leisure industry and countryside management to start a second career and will be a huge assett to the team.

    Also working on the team is Oli Dobson and Amy Hunt who are our Farm Experience Assistants. They’ll be leading activities such as tractor rides and working with livestock. Both have extensive experience; Oliver used to manage horse drawn sligh rides in Canada and has worked on a 100,000 acre bison ranch in America. Amy comes from a big farming family but has formerly worked as a wedding coordinator so is hoping to use her event planning skills at Sacrewell as well.

    Last but not least we welcome Jack Pishhorn as our Events and Programming Officer. Jack is still a student at the University of Manchester and is due to graduate this summer. He has previously completed an internship in the marketing and events department at the visitor centre and really impressed us at interview with his ideas and quick-thinking.

    We wish all of our new team members lots of luck in their new roles.

    New team (l-r): Jill Judd, Amy Hunt, Oli Dobson, Ben Gwinnett, Tanya Perry, Sarah-Jane Bancroft, Jack Pishhorn and Simon Railton

  • Sacrewell’s top of the hops

    Spring is a time for new beginnings which is why Sacrewell is proud to announce its new project with The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham.

    We’ll launch our Miller’s Ale at the Spring Fair on May 21 and 22.

    The Spring Fair is a celebration of spring in the countryside and will feature sheep shearing demonstrations, milling in Sacrewell’s 18th century watermill, breadmaking, Maypole dancing, Morris dancing and much more…

    PR and Communications Manager Megan Allen said: “The Spring Fair is always a brilliant community event. We work with groups such as Peterborough Morris and The Grainstore Brewery to promote the best of the rural area surrounding Sacrewell.

    “The new beer encompasses Sacrewell’s rural heritage and as an agricultural education charity, we’re proud to still be working with local businesses and producers after all these years. The picture used on the bottle was even painted by a local artist-Neen Sidnell.”

    The mill at Sacrewell stopped producing flour in the 1960s due to lack of manpower, but was reopened last year after a £1.8m restoration project part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Miller’s Ale is a golden ale expertly brewed using a combination of hop varieties.

    Megan added: “I think the millers of Sacrewell past will be proud to have an ale named for them. They’d have been first in line to try it at the Spring Fair as well.

    “It comes in a bottle that celebrates the mill, so will be a great souvenir.”

    Miller’s Ale will be available from Sacrewell’s gift shop from 21 May priced £3.10 per bottle and a cask version will be served at the launch during the Spring Fair.

  • Free visit to Grimsthorpe Castle

    Take out an annual membership to Sacrewell and get free entry to Grimsthorpe Castle.

    We’ve teamed up with the beautiful Grimsthorpe estate near Bourne for the summer season. They reopened on 24 March and have loads going on this year.

    Explore the castle and its stunning gardens on foot or by bicycle before rewarding yourself with a treat in the Coach House Tearoom.

    For more information about what you can do at Grimsthorpe visit their website.

    The offer also applies for our current annual members. Find out how to join us to take advantage of this great offer.

  • Sacrewell’s a rare old breed

    The pig pens at Sacrewell have reopened after a £6,500 refurbishment and the new residents are a rare sight.

    The team have welcomed two award-winning British Lop pigs and three British Landrace weaners to the mix.

    We’ve not been any pigs on site over the winter while the work was carried out. New, fenced-off hardstanding areas have been put in to improve animal welfare.

    Site Operations Manager Richard Hadfield explains: “The paddocks get really muddy and wet during heavy rainfall which damages the pigs’ trotters so we’ve not had pigs in winter before.

    “It gives us a good year round facility where we can contain pigs during the winter and also put piglets once they are ready to go outside.”

    The arks that the pigs shelter in have also been moved so that visitors can get a better view of the residents.

    British Lop pigs are registered as vulnerable by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST), meaning there are only 200-300 registered breeding females.

    Their neighbours, the British Landrace on the other had are listed as endangered, with fewer than 200 registered breeding females in the UK.

    Richard added: “All our pigs are on loan from the Goosetree Herd in Coates, Cambridgeshire and we have a great relationship with them. We should now have rare breed pigs on site all year round, supporting their work in keeping our British breeds from dying out.”

    Other registered rare breed animals that you can see when you visit us include Lincoln Longwool sheep, Shire horses and also on the endangered list, Bagot goats.

    You can also meet their twin British Toggenburg goat kids and Cade lambs in the Stone Barn.

    The refurbishment of the pens was a capital investment by The William Scott Abbott Trust, the agricultural education charity which owns Sacrewell and was founded more than 50 years ago to provide an agricultural education for all.

    Sacrewell is open from 9.30am to 5pm and under twos can visit for free.

  • Win a seasonal pass in our Easter competition

    This Easter we’re asking our visitors to get creative in order to win a summer seasonal pass to Sacrewell.

    It’s your turn to be a child again and take part in our adult colouring competiton, to win a family pass worth £115.

    All you have to do is download one of our colouring in pages, be as creative with your colouring as possible, snap a photo and upload it to Facebook using #SacrewellEasterComp. Make sure your post is set to public so that we can see it. Print outs will also be available in reception.

    Summer passes expire on 30 October and allow free entery to Sacrewell every day until then, including our Late Night Fridays when we’re open until 9pm throughout July and August.

    The colouring competition closes on 3 April and we will contact the winner via social media.

    Download picture one, picture two, picture three or picture four and happy colouring!

  • Buy Victorian Bakers on DVD

    If you watched the first episode of Victorian Bakers on BBC Two in January 2016, you may have noted the beautiful building and bakery featured in the show.

    It was none other than the Old Bakery at Sacrewell Mill which is open to the public every day.

    Wall to Wall Productions filmed at Sacrewell in summer 2015, just as the £1.8m Mill Project was coming to an end. It was perfect timing for them to turn our Mill and Bakery into a traditional Victorian cottage, where the bakers were tasked with making bread using much more challenging methods.

    The Grainstore Brewery in nearby Oakham provided brewers’ yeast and traditionally brewed real ale for the harvest festival which was a culmination of three days hard graft.

    After baking at Sacrewell in idyllic country surroundings, the bakers went to the Black Country Living Museum where conditions were hard and the bread even harder. They finished their Victorian Bakers experience by baking delicacies at Dunns Bakery in London.  The dramatic differences in the attitude to baking throughout the Victorian period was summed by up participant John Swift who tweeted: “ we have love we have respect we have hope

    The complete series is available on DVD now.

    Programme Name: Victorian Bakers – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 1) – Picture Shows: (L-R) John Foster, John Swift, Harpeet Baura, Duncan Glendinning – (C) Wall to Wall – Photographer: Duncan Stingemore

  • Sacrewell Mill nominated for two regional awards

    The £1.8m restoration of an 18th century grade II* watermill near Peterborough has been nominated for two regional awards.

    Sacrewell Mill near Wansford reopened last July after a 12 month project joint funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Scott Abbott Trust, which owns Sacrewell Farm.

    The mill project has been nominated in the building conservation and leisure and tourism categories of the East of England Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards, which will take place in Bury St Edmunds on 11 May.

    If the mill is successful at regional level, it will be entered into the national awards later this year.

    Mill Project Officer Jane Harrison says the nominations are a credit to the team who worked on the restoration. Cambridge architecture firm Purcell headed the project which was managed by The Clarkson Alliance and work was carried out by Tinwell firm, Messenger Construction.

    Jane added: “It’s rare to be able to say that a project was finished on time and to budget which is testament to the hard work carried out by the team at Sacrewell Mill.

    “Before funding was secured, Sacrewell Mill was on the ‘at risk’ register and the project could not have started at a better time. The work carried out needed expert knowledge, from the initial planning stages to on the spot decisions.”

    As part of the project, the back of the watermill was waterproofed, the waterwheel was repaired thanks to the expertise of Lincolnshire firm Traditional Wheelwrights, the walls were secured and the Collyweston slate roof was removed, cleaned and restored.

    The mill and mill house have been interpreted throughout to reflect Victorian and Second World War working conditions, using the testimonies of people who worked at the mill during both periods found during extensive research by the team. A hydro-electric water turbine has been installed inside the stables to boost the educational value of the mill and to help cut the cost of powering it.

    Purcell’s Project Lead Zoe Skelding commented: “I am delighted that Sacrewell Watermill is shortlisted for two RICS awards. Purcell has employed the latest building conservation techniques, sensitively incorporated new facilities and improved access to the mill.

    “Installing the hydro-electric turbine extends the educational reach of the mill, enhancing the visitor experience and safeguarding Sacrewell’s future.”

    Managing Director of The Clarkson Alliance Graham Clarkson added: “Sacrewell has been a delightful project to work on. It has been an amazing experience transforming the historically notable watermill and mill house.

    “Clarkson Alliance is proud to provide project and cost management for this project.  The team has worked incredibly hard to deliver on the authentic vision developed in the early stages in partnership with the William Scott Abbott Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.  Being shortlisted for the RICS Awards, East of England is a fantastic testament to how working collaboratively can guarantee the best results for clients as well as motivating the team to deliver on time and budget.”

    Sacrewell before

    Sacrewell after

  • Take home a Sacrewell souvenir

    An artist’s impression of Sacrewell Mill has been added to a range of souvenirs in the gift shop.

    Sacrewell’s new confectionery features an image of the mill drawn by local artist Neen Sidnell.

    The souvenirs and treats include luxury fudge, popcorn, cinder toffee, coconut ice and nougat.

    Retail manager Clive Giddings worked with confectioner Farrah’s on the line of products. He said: “Sacrewell Mill is a local icon and we’re delighted to be able to add Neen’s beautiful picture to the range of souvenirs in our shop.

    “The fudge in particular will be a wonderful souvenir for our campers in the spring and summer.”

    The shop itself has also had a coat of paint recently and will be refitted later in the spring, so watch this space.

    Sacrewell gift shop is open from 9.30am – 5pm every day and there is no admission fee. Parking is free.

  • All aglow

    Our annual Star Party on 27 February was the busiest yet.

    We welcomed hundreds of people through the door and the talks, tours, lectures and quizzes were packed with space enthusiasts.

    Thank you to everyone who came and supported Sacrewell and Peterborough Astronomical Society.

    We each raised £300 from the event which will be ploughed (pun intended) back into the pot so that we can continue to make these events a success.

  • Staying safe during lambing

    Animals commonly carry bugs and during lambing season the risk of infection being passed onto humans is much higher, so to keep you safe we put a few measures in place.

    As we count down the days to the arrival of our first lamb, we’ve taken the decision to stop selling animal food until May. This is to stop direct contact with our lambs and ewes and to protect the lambs as well, as they can’t digest grass nuts until they’re older.

    We also ask that you keep an eye on your children and make sure they’re not putting their mouths on fences, or putting their fingers in their months after touching a fence or changing their shoes without washing their hands first.

    Hand washing stations are placed all over the farm and we even put out a few extra during lambing season. Please remember to wash your hands:

    • Often throughout your visit
    • Immediately after contact with animals/fences
    • After visiting the toilet
    • Before eating and drinking
    • After changing your shoes

    Thank you,
    The Sacrewell Team

  • New summer memberships

    It’s a new season at Sacrewell and to celebrate the team has introduced a summer-only membership offer.

    If you tend to hibernate in the winter and only visit heritage farm attractions such as Sacrewell in the summer, the summer membership scheme at the visitor centre near Wansford is just the ticket.

    General Manager Debbie Queen said: “We know our visitors have different agendas when they visit. Some prefer to visit in the summer and some in the winter.

    “Our new membership offer is perfect for sun lovers as they can get into Sacrewell every day from 13 February to 30 October and even make the most of some of our great membership offers.”

    Sacrewell will be staying open until 9pm every Friday throughout July and August which summer members will be able to take full advantage of. The team are hoping to host one-off events on Fridays to make the most of the longer summer nights.

    Debbie added: “Our campsite will be open and we’re hoping to organise some special events on Friday evenings to create a community spirit around the site and inspire people to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

    “Summer members get a 10 per cent discount on camping, so they can stay and make a night or even a whole weekend of it.”

    Summer membership costs £38.50 for an adult, £26.60 for a child, £31.50 for the over 60s and £115 for a family of four. To buy one, please call in at reception or call 01780 782254.

    Sacrewell is open from 9.30am to 5pm and under twos can visit for free.

  • Chips? More like chicks…

    And while Origin8@Sacrewell are celebrating National Chip Week, we’re going to be celebrating chick week.

    Our Bovan Brown chicks hatched on 10 February and will be on view in our Hatchery throughout half-term.

    And if that’s not enough, you can meet them personally from 11am to midday and 2pm to 3pm each day during our small animal handling sessions.

    Our baby Guinea pigs will also be there for you stroke.


  • National Chip Week

    Half-term coincides with National Chip Week and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our great British spud.

    From 13-21 February, Origin8@Sacrewell will be serving a variety of chips and toppings to tantalise your taste buds…or should that be taste spuds?

    The team will be serving medium-cut potato fries for £2 per portion, and gluten free sweet potato fries or curly fries for £3 per portion.

    Top them off with handmade gravy for £1 or cheese or curry sauce for £1.50. Or, if you prefer, choose from good old-fashioned salt, vinegar and a splash of ketchup.

    Chips will be served daily from midday to 2pm.

  • Not quite the piglets we were expecting…

    Last Sunday during their rounds, our rangers had quite a shock…

    Fleur, one of our Guinea pigs, was in the middle of giving birth to four healthy pups.

    She was followed on Monday by Floss, our other female Guinea pig, which also had four pups.

    Guinea pigs are born with their eyes open and are up and running around within minutes. They also start to breed at just a few weeks old, so when we bought our four youngsters, there must have been a mix up about which were male and which were female, resulting in the surprise births.

    All eight pups are healthy and are already giving us the run-around. Our biggest task will be to separate the males from the females so that we don’t get caught out again.

    If you’d like to see the baby Guinea pigs, visit them in the Animal Village.


  • Nordic Walking cancelled 29 January

    High winds from Storm Gertrude have forced us to cancel Nordic Walking today (Friday 29).

    The final beginners’ session will take place next Friday instead at 11.30am.

    Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • The sky’s the limit

    We’ll be keeping a keen eye on the sky for the next couple of weeks to watch as five of the planets in our Solar System align.

    Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line-up and be visible together for the first time since 2005.

    Peterborough Astonomical Society (PAS) meet at Sacrewell every week (weather permitting) to catch a glimpse of what’s visible above Sacrewell and last Friday they were lucky enough to get great views of the Moon, Orion and Plieiades.

    Society member Duncan Kirkwood said that Betelgeuse was particularly noteworthy and the visibility was so good that a decent pair of binoculars was enough to get a clear view of the sights.

    Sacrewell will be joining forces with PAS for a Star Party on 27 February from 5.30pm. Children under 16 can get in for free and there will be telescopes, a planetarium display of the universe and talks from the experts.

    Advance tickets are not available.

    PAS committee member Gary Stone supervising use of his 10” Newtonian telescope

  • Happy Winnie the Pooh Day

    Some could argue that every day is Winnie the Pooh Day at Sacrewell, as we have a fantastic bridge which is perfect for Poohsticks.

    For those of you who don’t know what Poohsticks is, it’s a game invented by Pooh where you drop two sticks into a river (upstream) and wait on the other side of the bridge to see whose stick comes out from under the bridge first. It’s a game that can be played in groups or on your own.

    Yesterday (17 January) we celebrated Winnie the Pooh Day to mark the birthday of Pooh creator A. A. Milne, who was born on 18 January, 1882.

    We transformed Sacrewell into the 100 Acre Wood (where Pooh lives) for the day and created a trail around the farm to find missing words to complete a poem. We also had Poohstick races and story time, reading some of Milne’s famous poetry.

    The poem we chose was Us Two as it’s about an adventure and a journey, encountering wildlife and solving problems, which we think sums up a great family day out.

    Here’s the poem in full:

    Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
    There’s always Pooh and Me.
    Whatever I do, he wants to do,
    “Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
    “Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
    Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
    “Let’s go together,” says Pooh.

    “What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.
    (“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)
    “I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
    “Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
    “It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
    But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
    “That’s what it is,” said Pooh.

    “Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
    “Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
    We crossed the river and found a few-
    “Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
    “As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
    That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
    “That’s what they are,” said Pooh.

    “Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
    “That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
    “I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
    And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
    Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew.

    “I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
    “I’m never afraid with you.”

    So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
    There’s always Pooh and Me.
    “What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
    “If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
    It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
    Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh.

    From Now we are Six by A. A. Milne, published by Methuen in 1927 with illustrations by E. H. Shepard

  • Bakery open again

    Fans of the TV show Victorian Bakers are now able to take a look inside the bakery at Sacrewell Mill, which was featured in the show.

    The wood burning oven, which made a lot of hard work for the professional bakers using it, has been repaired so that we can start baking regularly again.

    Mill Project Officer Jane Harrison said: “We’re delighted that this work could take place during the winter and we’ve been told that we should be able to start using the oven again properly in March.”

    The mill and oven will be in full operation at Sacrewell’s Spring Fair on 21 and 22 May, but those who can’t wait to see it, Sacrewell is open seven days a week.

  • Open hours in January

    January is going to be a busy month at Sacrewell as we begin a big spring clean.

    We’ll therefore be closed Monday to Thursday for a few weeks while we give the place a lick of paint.

    Our opening times are as follows (10am-4pm each day):

    2 – 10 January

    15-17 January

    22 – 24 January

    From 29 January we are open every day until Christmas.

    Sorry if this causes any inconvenience-it’s going to be worth it.