And we have lift off!

So a few weeks ago I hopefully convinced you all why Quarry Bank is such a special place, and hinted at the big changes that are about to happen at the property.

©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Today we officially launched our appeal for £1.4 million in the hopes of bringing together the jigsaw that is all the parts of Quarry Bank. We need to raise this huge amount to complete the incredibly important task of preserving the property for generations to come, ensuring that this unique slice of Britian’s industrial heritage is not lost. The funds raised from the appeal will go towards four projects which include restoring the Northern Woods to their former glory as the Greg family’s pleasure grounds, training apprentices to help us repair the curvilinear glasshouses of the Upper gardens, in order for us to be able to grow food on the property once again. We want to open up the last un-renovated workers’ cottage in Styal Village so we can reveal the domestic lives of the Mill workers and their families, and finally we want to open Quarry Bank House once home to the Greg family, in which we want to showcase the amazing archive, setting free all the intriguing stories which are currently locked away.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris
©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

So today, to spread the word about our appeal we invited representatives of the local press to come along to the Mill and hear all about the appeal. Myself and Terry, one of our Welcome Hosts, were on hand to greet everyone Quarry Bank style (and yes, this means that I absolutely jumped at the chance to dress up again).

Laura and Terry as Mr and Miss Greg

Amongst those who joined us today were journalists from So Cheshire, the Wilmslow Express, BBC Radio Manchester and ITV Granada. Also joining us for the launch were some of the pupils from Styal Primary School, all of whom were incredibly well behaved and really enjoyed dressing up like the Apprentices of the past, although they were none too impressed when they were offered the breakfast they would have eaten hundreds of years ago; a handful of seriously stodgy porridge!

Pupils from Styal primary School try some Apprentice House porridge
Pupils from Styal primary School try some Apprentice House porridge

Here are the links to the BBC and ITV articles, so you can see what a good impression we made on them!

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2013-02-12/1-4m-appeal-to-restore-quarry-bank-mill-estate-launched/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21424159

If you feel inspired enough to donate then please follow this link and be part of Quarry Bank’s epic story:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/get-involved/donate/current-appeals/quarry-bank-appeal/

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