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Hard grind begins for new year at Woodbridge's tide mill

PUBLISHED: 10:10 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:42 13 March 2019

The Tide Mill is preparing to re-open its doors after a busy winter Picture: SIMON BALLARD

The Tide Mill is preparing to re-open its doors after a busy winter Picture: SIMON BALLARD

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The Tide Mill Living Museum is gearing up to re-open fully to visitors after a quiet winter.

Milling demonstations have proved popular at the Tide Mill Picture: SIMON BALLARDMilling demonstations have proved popular at the Tide Mill Picture: SIMON BALLARD

The mill, which is one of only two tide mills in the country, has opened occasionally during the winter for milling demonstrations, an idea devised by new head miller, Dan Tarrant-Willis.

The tide mill has prepared a full schedule of wheel turnings and milling demonstrations to come and will also be working with the Long Shed and Woodbridge Museum.

The team from the mill will be supporting events like the Regatta, Beowulf and the Shuck Festival

Chairman of Trustees John Carrington said: “Dan’s initiative has highlighted the popularity of seeing the Mill in action and the opportunity we have to review our traditional closed season.

Woodbridge School visiting the Tide Mill Picture: SIMON BALLARDWoodbridge School visiting the Tide Mill Picture: SIMON BALLARD

“Visitors provide the majority of our funding and so we can really use the extra income that this provides.

“The Mill costs around £5,000 per month to run and this doesn’t cover the funds we have to put aside for significant periodic maintenance. So we need to give visitors what they want”.

The mill re-opens on Friday, March 29 with reduced entry for the first weekend or just £1 for adults and free visits for children.

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