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      Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went
      to Jordan’s – Mill that is, at Biggleswade,
      Bedfordshire. We could not have wished for a
      better day; in fact, it was so hot that those of us
      who missed out on the umbrellas on the
      veranda had to eat our lunch inside!

      The outing had been fully booked for several weeks before departure, which
      had made life a great deal easier for me as I didn’t have to worry about
      breaking even! The coach duly arrived and to our delight we were told by
      our driver, Nick, that we were travelling in a brand new coach.

      On our arrival we were warmly greeted by members of staff who organised
      us into two groups for the tour of the mill. Our guide brought alive the
      heritage of flour milling in Britain in Victorian times and in particular Jordan’s
      Mill. It was home for the family for over 150 years and a fire in the late
      1800s brought about a change from stone milling to metal rollers. This
      technological leap enabled the mill to increase production and helped
      Jordan’s Mill to become one of the leading producers of flour in the region.
      It continued to function until 2000 when, with advanced technology, it was
      decided to restore it to its former glory and open it to the public.

      Apart from the mill there is plenty to do. The gardens uniquely have
      vegetables, crops and flowers growing side by side along with wild flowers.
      Particularly attractive was the sweet pea arbour which smelt heavenly. The
      Meadow with the Woodland Walk is a delight for children.

      Needless to say we had to pay a visit to the mill store and the plant stall.
      Lunch was taken in the newly refurbished restaurant which overlooks the
      River Ivel. The menu was very comprehensive embracing breakfast, lunch
      and tea. They even serve special cream teas using bone china crockery
      accompanied by either champagne or beer!

      It was purely by chance that I came across this venue and was pleased that
      everyone expressed their thanks for a most enjoyable day.

                                                                   Ann Middleton


      Wednesday 19th July – Summer Tea Party – £5 a head

                       August – no meeting
                       Wednesday 27th September – History of Pinewood,
                       with Mike Payne

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