We are Norma and Frank, and we became interested in CHT and Queen's Mill when we were part of a tour directed by Rod Rayner at an Open Day. We joined the team of volunteers in December 2013 and Alison suggested we help to establish the tourist information centre. We are responsible for updating information brochures and leaflets. We also enjoy tending the garden areas and painting the tubs, replanting and weeding etc.
We help out at events or other areas when needed and also organise and book a Christmas outing to the theatre for members and friends.
Since joining CHT at Queen's Mill, we have met some lovely people, gained new interests and made some good friends. We both look forward to the day we see the waterwheel turning and generating electricity again. When we retired, we did not expect to be involved in such amazing community ventures but it has given us a new purpose in life. We recommend Queen's Mill to anyone who has time on their hands and want to meet new people.”
This is the wonderful Danny Moran. He has been a volunteer at Castleford Heritage trust for three years. He enjoys working in the Heritage craft shop on the market each Tuesday, where he is a favourite with the customers.
You can find Danny working at Queens Mill tea rooms on Monday and Friday. Danny is a valued team member here at the tea rooms where he has gone from strength to strength in confidence learning different skills in the kitchen and customer service.
He is always a ray of sunshine, happy, willing, kind and extremely hard working. We wouldn't be without you Danny.
For those of you who don't know Danny has other hidden talents. He is a champion Street dancer. He has won several trophies and awards and competes throughout the North of England.
Well done Danny keep up the good work.
Volunteers took a break from their hard work today to show visitors Jane and Joanne from NHS. Health and Wellbeing project around Queen's Mill.  : Rod our amazing and popular maintenance team leader couldn't resist a ride on the rocking horse!
Our loyal and enthusiastic tombola team, Esther, Wilf and Hazel are preparing the prizes for the Tombola stall to be held at Queen's Mill Open Day, 6th May. They are hoping for lots of support from friends and visitors so come along and join in the fun with our hard working volunteers.
Do you remember Lawrence and Hilda Gilligan and their travelling carousel? Volunteers at Queen's Mill have started refurbishing the carousel which will be on display by July 2017. We are looking for photos, memories and relatives of Lawrence & Hilda. If you can help in any way, please email Mick W. at Queen's Mill using:
Come and join our merry throng of cyclists. Every other Saturday we set off from Queen's mill tea rooms, meet at 10 for 10.30 departure. All abilities catered for and free cycle loan. We do alternate longer and shorter rides come rain or shine. Finishing off back at the tea rooms (free parking) for some delicious, well earned refreshments. We look forward to seeing you.
Loyal members of CHT handed over proceeds from the tombola they held in Carlton Lanes at Easter. As ever, the people of Castleford were generous in giving for the work at Queen's Mill and supporting the Trust. A big “Thank you” to Gavin and Joan and everyone who helped yet another fundraising effort by our many volunteers.
Richard our funny, happy, hard working, valued team member at Queens Mill celebrated his birthday recently. He enjoys volunteering here at the mill. Richard has achieved his food hygiene certificate and continues to learn new skills helping with food prep and customer service. Well done Richard.
PS Glad you liked the Liverpool shirt!
The team of volunteers at Queens Mill have been busy milling flour and last week marked a great achievement of milling the batch which made it 2 Tonnes of flour produced since we took over the Mill. To mark this occasion one of the volunteers made some Hot Cross Buns to be sold in the Queens Mill Tea Rooms. The flour is traditionally stone ground using 100 year old stones. Queens Mill is the largest stone ground mill in the world with 20 pairs of stones. The wheat comes from a farm at Kellington so we can say it truly is Yorkshire Wholemeal Stoneground Flour.
The flour is for sale in the Queens Mill Tea Rooms, The Castleford Heritage Trust shop in Castleford Market and various farm shops around the area. A recipe book with various recipes for bread and cakes made with the Queens Mill Flour is also available.
Flour Milling Demonstrations will be given at the next open day at Queens Mill on Saturday the 6th of May.
Sandra Worthington, a long-standing member of CHT who lives in London, visited the mill on Good Friday and Dave Weatherson found this photo of her, which was done by the American artist Robert Glade. She visited after a meeting with the library staff about a display of some of the Henry Moore Collotypes that were exhibited at Queen’s Mill last October. She is looking forward to handing over the Henry Moore collotypes to CHT when the Island gallery floors are complete and refurbished.