A HISTORIC corn mill is expected to re-open to the public over the bank holiday created for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Grade II listed Bunbury Mill, believed to date back to 1844, closed in 2010 after United Utilities could no longer afford to keep it running.
But the mill should open to the public again on Tuesday, June 5 and every Sunday afternoon shortly afterwards.
The relaunch has been made possible by determined locals who formed Bunbury Watermill Trust and continued to tend to the mill’s grounds and keep the equipment in working order.
Now the trust has taken ownership of the mill with a celebration event on Monday where guests saw the water wheel begin turning and a demonstration of grain being ground into flour.
Among those gathered were trustees, United Utilities director of sustainability Chris Matthews and Cheshire East council leader Mike Jones.
A larger event will take place on Sunday afternoon for everyone who made a contribution to saving the mill.
Trust chairman Ernest Croley said: “It’s wonderful outcome after a couple of years of hard work. We heard about the closure almost exactly two years ago and it’s taken this long to negotiate.”
It is hoped that parties of school children will once again be able to visit the site in the near future.
Entry to the museum will be free while the charge for a demonstration will be £3.75 for adults, free to under 14s and an annual family ticket will cost £20 allowing unlimited visits.
The Trust will have to raise thousands of pounds each year to maintain the mill but hopes to attract grant funding.
The site has been used for corn milling since 1290 and the mill once supplied Chester with flour, delivered to bakeries in the city by horse and cart.