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Historic silk mill secures lottery funding

It's one of only four working silk mills in the country

A historic silk mill in Hampshire has secured £1.7 million lottery funding to carry out urgent repairs.

The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will see Whitchurch Silk Mill's bell tower, roof and wheelhouse restored.

The Grade II listed Georgian building is the only working silk mill in Britain which is open to the public, and only one of four working silk mills in the country.

Essential conservation to the winding, warping and weaving machinery will also be carried out so the mill can continue to produce silk.


Toll bridge used for 200 years closes for repairs

Video. It has been a crossing over the Thames from Berkshire to Oxfordshire for more than 200 years. Next month the busy Whitchurch Toll Bridge will close for seven months for repairs.

The bridge links the villages of Pangbourne and Whitchurch-on-Thames. Local businesses say they are worried they will lose money during the diversions. They say it is business as usual. Mel Bloor reports.

Warning to residents after pensioner con

An elderly woman was conned by two men who called at her home claiming to be from a housing association.

The two men called at a 88-year-old woman's home in Whitchurch on July 29 between 10.15-11.50am.

They said they were from Kingfisher Housing Association and that they were there to fix a problem with damp in her home.

They told the woman she would have to pay £4,800 to fix the problem but they were not from the Association and it is believed to be a scam.

The alarm was raised and the men left her home without taking any money.

The first man is described as white, aged in his 40s, 6ft tall, well-built with brown hair.

The second man is white, 5ft9ins, medium build and had darker hair than the first man.

They were seen in a small white car.


Police name drivers after double fatal in Whitchurch

Police are now in a position to name the drivers who died following a collision in Whitchurch on Monday.

The collision happened at 6.44am at Cole Henley Road and involved a green Ford Mondeo driven by Roland Holliehead, 65, from Riding Gate, Wincanton in Somerset and a silver Renault Clio driven by Kathryn Rose Hunt, 35 of Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Both drivers died at the scene.

Double fatal collision in Whitchurch

Two people have died in a road traffic crash at Whitchurch in Hampshire.

The accident between a silver Renault Clio and a green Ford Mondeo happened at 6.44am on Twinley Lane near its junction with Roman Road.

The female driver of the Renault and the male driver of the Mondeo were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Roman Road is closed from its junction with Old Newbury Road, Whitchurch and the B3051 while the vehicles are recovered, and investigators examine the scene.

Anyone who saw what happened or saw either vehicle before the collision is being asked to contact the police on 101, quoting Operation Mellphone.

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