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As summer is well and truly underway we are pleased to welcome Amber, our new graduate Mill museum guide.
Amber graduates in late September having achieved a first in her history degree – and we are very lucky to have her in the team.
What does a tour guide do?
A tour guide takes you around the Mill museum explaining the history, culture and process of milling – and will also answer any question on the Mill museum and show the mill machinery in action.
We are proud of our market garden heritage and want to share our knowledge and help more people across Bedfordshire to eat healthier and grow more fruits and vegetables at home.
Where did it all start?
In 1929, the term allotment was used to describe a piece of land used for a specific purpose such as market gardening and was promoted during the war with the ‘Dig for Victory’ slogans. In the 60’s and 70’s demand for allotments declined but due to media interest and a boost towards healthy eating and food heritage, plots have once again become popular.
It is amazing what you could see in the river or around the gardens and woodlands at Jordans Mill. Our volunteer Mark tells us a little bit more about Pike and Bream in this week’s feature.
What does a Pike look like?
A Pike has a bony head with forward looking eyes; it has a broad snout and a large mouth too. The mouth contains an arsenal of teeth with rows of backward pointing razor sharp teeth in the top jaw and larger needle type teeth in its lower jaw. The fish is torpedo shaped with fins mainly at the back of its body which can propel it forward at very high speed, when catching its prey.
Our wonderful volunteers do so many things for us and we simply couldn’t do it without them. Tour guide, Jonathan Payne tells us a bit more about why he came to the Mill and how it led him to design a miniature card model of the Mill.
Jonathan retired from work in late 2012 and saw an advert from the Mill recruiting for tour guides and stewards. Jonathan and his wife applied and became tour guides all ready for the grand opening of the Mill and heritage centre in spring 2013.
We know how busy the summer holidays can be, so make sure you come to Jordans Mill and let us entertain the family! If your looking for Family things to do in Bedfordshire, see what Jordans Mill has to offer!
What’s on offer
Pirate and Princess trial (27th July – 31st August)
Follow the clues on the map as you go through the meadow and gardens to help find him. And mateys, collect your sheet from the Mill shop but do return it so you can go into our competition and get your free treat. No need to book just turn up and enjoy.