Amidst all the COVID chaos we decided to go ahead with the Wire Mill open day as part of Heritage Open Days 2020. Our planning involved all the relevant risk assessments and implementing various measures to ensure we complied with the ever changing guidelines.
A one way system guided people around the island with photos and maps along the way. Dad, Graham, talked non-stop about the history with other family members including myself answering questions and filling in gaps about our plans for the future.
Our doors opened on 12 and 13 September and the site was visited by interested people from our opening time at 11am until 4pm each day. We were certainly surprised by the numbers who showed up, the lovely weather was almost certainly a factor!
It was so nice to meet and chat to people that walk past frequently but have always wondered what lay beyond the wall. There was a definite feeling of enthusiasm towards our project which was really positive for us and confirmed all the wading through treacle to get this far would be worthwhile.
Our family friend Debbie certainly pulled out all the stops providing delicious tea and cake which hopefully will be a regular feature of our cafe when it opens!
The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust was also represented and Matilda the new trip boat was on display, doing several demonstrations of how the lock works to passersby. Sales of maps by Dru Marland and Cards by Chris Slaney also added to our takings (all profits going to the KACT).
Thank you to anyone who visited, if there is any progress we may do something similar again next year! Although fingers crossed you’ll see some activity start onsite before then!
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