RBG Community Fund helps Coldharbour Mill renovation

As previous winners of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund, Coldharbour Mill Museum has been able to replace its damaged access bridge, ensuring it’s safe for visitors to use for many years to come.

Jackie Dawkins and Geoff Dobbs.
Jackie Dawkins and Geoff Dobbs.

In May 2016 the museum received £1,000 from RGB to spend on materials at its Tiverton branch. The bridge across the stream, which joins the car park to the Mill, was damaged in a number of places, so all the timber was replaced and anti-slip strips were added to improve the access. Repairs to the underside of the bridge were also made and the museum team did extra fundraising so LED lighting could be added.

Coldharbour Mill is one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK, having been in continuous production since 1797. Today the rich heritage lives on as one of the finest working wool museums, where visitors are not just able to relive the sights and sounds of the industrial revolution, but also see craftspeople making traditional textiles, beautiful knitting yarn and hand-woven rugs.

Jackie Dawkins, Trustee at Coldharbour Mill Museum, said: “Due to the nature and age of the Mill it does need continuous maintenance, but as we are a not for profit museum, we rely solely on donations and grants. We’re therefore extremely grateful to RGB Building Supplies for supporting us with the Community Fund. The repairs were completed by a team of our volunteers, headed up by John Chilcott, who all did a fantastic job.”

Geoff Dobbs, Branch Manager at RGB Tiverton, added: “This is just the type of project our Well Built Community Fund is there to support and we were delighted to return to Coldharbour Mill to see the difference the donation of materials has made.”

More information about Coldharbour Mill Museum can be found at www.coldharbourmill.org.uk/.
Visit RGB’s website to see how its Well Built Community Fund is helping groups, clubs, schools and charities across the region – www.rgbltd.co.uk/community.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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