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Pandemic-Prompted Ancient Mill Reopening

1000-Year-Old Mill Reopens to Provide Flour Amid COVID-19

— May 7, 2020 — Social Good
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK has been experiencing a high demand of flour while grappling with a short supply, so in an effort to meet demand, millers Imogen Bittner and Pete Loosmore decided to re-open the 1,000-year-old Sturminster Newton Mill. The mill was updated in 1904 to be powered by water turbine and was still used occasionally to produce small bags of flour for tourists.

“When COVID-19 struck, all of the local shops ran out of flour very quickly,” said Loosmore, 79, a retired art teacher who has worked at the mill for 25 years. “We had a stock of good-quality milling wheat and the means and skills to grind it into flour, so we thought we could help." So far, Bittner and Loosmore have ground more than a ton of grain and bagged several hundred sacks of flour to feed their community during these uncertain times.


Image Credit: The Washington Post, Imogen Bittner
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