The Mill seems to be buzzing at the moment, with new enquiries for office space, workshop space, therapy space, event space, coming in nearly every day! We could fill the Mill twice over at this rate. Welcome to our latest arrival, Water Rescue Systems Ltd
who are moving into a ground floor unit this month. Accomplished white water kayakers and rescue professionals Lawrence Harris and Andy Laird develop innovative rescue products to aid rescue professionals in flood and swift water environments.
The resurfacing work will be completed by next week – great news for us and for all our visitors. Let us know what you think of it! Click here for info on how to get to the Mill.
We have a couple of ‘big days’ coming up – on Sunday 6th May we have NOT ONLY a local food festival between 11 and 4 but ALSO a fabulous concert in the evening with local World Jazz band Off the Rails, supported by SASS. And nearly every day of the week you can book yourself a healing, therapy or pampering session in Puravida at the Mill, or come to a yoga, jewellery making, creative writing, art, meditation, drumming, or sound class….
Through to the end of April in our first floor Mezzanine gallery, you can come and see Boxes of Engineering : a display of industrial ephemera found during the re-birth of Halton Mill. Curated by Catriona Stamp. Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., later on days when there are classes in the Mill.
Then, from Monday 1st May to Sunday 28th May. LESS, Lancaster’s Environment champions, working with Johnny Bean and Ginny Koppenhol, invite you to the ”The Faces behind Our Food” exhibition - in the mezzanine gallery AND in the Atrium. This work uses photography to explore the personal stories of 12 food and drink producers in Lancashire, using imagery and stories to delve into the complex issues that shape the food that we eat. The exhibition has been on show around Lancashire and this is its final stop.
On Saturday 6th May, to celebrate the final stint of the Faces Behind Our Food exhibition, LESS is hosting a local food festival – a day of local-food themed activities and tasters at the Mill. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. you can expect a pop-up farmers market, chocolate making, seed bombing, taster stop-motion animation workshops, foodie games and a film or two. So come and find out what’s happened since the exhibition launched and meet some of the faces behind our local food scene! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to get involved.
The same evening, we are very proud to be hosting a concert with Off the Rails and SASS - as a Mill lift fundraiser. World Jazz for all your dancing needs from Off the Rails, including tunes by Mulatu Astatke, Dudu Pukwana, Beck, Arun Ghosh, Freddie Hubbard and more and more. And support from SASS, all woman acappella band, with new acerbic takes on songs you know and love. The price is whatever you want to pay, from £1.00 to £15.00 – come and support us in becoming a Beacon of Accessibility – and have a fabulous dancing time!
A few new developments... there'll be a FOLK SESSION on a couple of Sundays in April and one in May - 8 p.m. with a bar on Sunday 1st, Sunday 23rd April, and 21st May. Bring your instrument or come and listen!
Linda Smalley who runs our Café on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, is putting on two courses this time: SUGAR-FREE BAKING, on four Fridays from 9th April, and Jump into Juicing; on three Wednesdays from 7th April. The sugar free baking course will explore alternatives to sugar in delicious and nutricious baking –with demonstrations, bake-alongs, opportunities to convert your favourite recipes to a sugar-free version and tasting, lots of tasting. Bring a sandwich-box because you won’t be going home empty-handed. The Juicing course will help you to mix your preferred flavours to achieve your perfect juice; and you’ll get advice on selecting ingredients to maximise the up-take of nutrients, and get the low-down on avoiding blood-sugar spikes from your juices. You will have the opportunity to use different machines including a zero-carbon, pedal-powered juicer! Both courses will be running again in May.
There are amazing things going on in the River Room at the moment - last week Mary Abrams who teaches at Moving Body Resources in New York City ran a well-attended "Attuning to the Joy of Life: Somatic Movement Workshop"... This weekend Emmaline Turley has been running a packed "Spring Soul Revival" yoga workshop; next month there are three special events: a day on Exploring Flower Essences with Dawn Keyse on Sunday 2nd April: a yoga workshop, Fan the Flames of Your Inner Fire with Rebecca Ellis on Saturday 8th April; and a very special Synth Salutation Yoga hour, with Miles Doubleday on synthesizer and Rebecca Ellis leading a musically accompanied energising salutation based flow yoga session, on Saturday 15th April. Plus the usual regular classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, mindfulness, pilates and more, and monthly gong baths; see www.theriverroom.org.uk to see what's going on and/or to book the space yourself.
Pura Vida at the Mill, our Wellbeing suite hosted by Vicci Millican, is now offering a different therapy nearly every day of the week! You can meet with Becky Conner at Rainbow Therapies on Tuesdays and Fridays for Reiki, Crystal healing, Indian Head massage and Aromatouch massage technique. On Wednesdays it’s Justine Mccoy, a Body Shop at Home consultant doing pamper evenings and one to one consultations. Thursdays are Vicci Millican; beauty/holistic therapist, eyelash extension specialist, aromatherapy Massage and Indian Head massage. On Saturdays it’s Janey Todd who offers gentle, holistic, Transformation Therapy - change how you feel. And Sundays is for Reflexology with Jeni Clark.
Full details on the ‘Pura Vida’ page on our website here.
Advance notice of our Craft fair and Open Day on Sunday 4th June 12-4, the return of Millfest on Sat 17 June, and a play, “The Last Supper” – ‘A theatrical exploration of last things and final choices’ on Sunday 25th June.
You can see all the details of our events and regular classes in the Seminar Room and the River Room on our ‘Run of the Mill!’ poster which is online here and will be up by the end of March in all the usual places – and also on our online calendar – go to our website www.haltonmill.org.uk and click on the ‘what’s on’ link at the top.
Get in touch for a tour or to find out about Lunelab Makerspace, Virtual Office facilities, The Hive our Hotdesking suite; or to book the Mill for your class, function, conference or training event.
best wishes Fiona and Alison