An open invitation to celebrate Cheddleton Flint Mill Heritage Trust 50th anniversary

CHEDDLETON Flint Mill Industrial Heritage Trust is inviting the public to join in its 50th aniversary celebrations at open days this weekend

The mill is a fine example of a water mill that ground flint for the Stoke-on-Trent pottery industry.

The historic Cheddleton site features two water mills, a small museum, a period cottage, the canal and many other exhibits.

The Cheddleton Flint Mill Preservation Trust was formed in 1967 to preserve the unique mill complex and provide educational information concerning the historical development of pottery raw materials.

In 1972 the Trust widened its objectives to encompass more of Britain’s Industrial Heritage and became the Cheddleton Flint Mill Industrial Heritage Trust.

Between 1997 and 2000 the Trust undertook a second major renovation of our Grade II listed complex, with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund and donations from many other organizations.

As a result the buildings should now be structurally sound for many years to come, and much of the machinery is in good running order.

One of the Trust’s current goals is to expand its educational facilities and study packs for school visits, with the help of local teachers.

The Trust is run by a Board of Trustees and a team of volunteers, none of whom are paid.

No admission chage is imposed visitors to the mill, but instead donations are invited to meet the running costs of the site, which stands between the Caldon Canal and River Churne beside the A520.

The Trust is always on the lookout for willing volunteers to carry out a variety of tasks from mechanical maintenance to giving guided tours.

A Trust spokesman said: “We are also in the process of creating a Friends of Cheddleton Flint Mill Society to bring together people with an interest in the mill, industrial heritage and local history.

“The Trust is committed to sustainability in all senses ie. environmental, financial and preservation of the buildings and collection. These all go hand in hand.

“We are particularly keen to address green issues and have attained the Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark.”