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Cheshire Memories: Mickle Trafford mill's £400,000 Lottery hope

By Chester Chronicle on Nov 17, 09 08:14 AM in 2000 onwards

MICKLE Trafford in Cheshire is one step closer to securing up to £400,000 of Lottery money which will see the village's historic watermill working again.

The village's Trafford Mill has made the shortlist for the Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS scheme.

Village SOS - an initiative by the Big Lottery Fund and the BBC to inspire UK rural revival - aims to fund six rural villages to develop new business ventures that will breathe new life into their areas, create new jobs and improve the quality of life for local people.

Their journeys are to be documented by the BBC for a major prime time series.

Trafford Mill is one of two village projects in the North West region in the running for Lottery good cause cash.

It is one of 28 villages across the UK shortlisted today and awarded a development grant of £10,000 to develop their business proposal.

Funding would be used to preserve and develop the Grade II listed watermill lying in the valley of the River Gowy, transforming it into a working corn mill and museum demonstrating the village's rich industrial heritage.

The building will also serve as an educational centre with community cafe and conference area for courses centred on the history of farming and milling in the Gowy Valley.

In May 2010, the final six villages will be announced.

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