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Whitchurch Silk Mill And Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The Whitchurch Silk Mill was built in 1815 by Henry Heyter but in 1817 it was bought by a Huguenot silk weaver, William Maddich from Spitalfields.  The Mill, sited on the river Test, is full of fascination.  On arrival Friends will be served morning tea/coffee and biscuits.  There will then be a tour of the Mill and a demonstration of the art of silk weaving followed by lunch of home-made soup and a sandwich buffet.  There will be time for shopping and a visit to the garden.

After lunch Friends will be driven from Whitchurch to nearby Laverstoke Mill, home of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.  The Distillery also has a Huguenot pedigree which dates back to the early 18th century when Henry de Portal opened a fine paper mill on the river Test.  The Mill was purchased by the Bombay Distillers Company in 2010.  Friends will enjoy a self-guided interactive tour which includes a complimentary cocktail.  There will be time to visit the superb Thomas Heatherwick-designed herbarium.

The visit is limited to 24 Friends and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  A coach will leave Goldsworth Park Recreation Ground Car Park at 9.15am and will depart from Laverstoke at 4pm to return to Woking.

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 9.15am

£48 (incl. morning tea, lunch and a cocktail) 


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The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA Date and time 27 April, 2016 09.15 - 17.00
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