Denver Mill Ltd, the company set up to save Denver Windmill in 2008 ceased trading on the 22nd August 2014. The Abel family, featured in an Alex Pollizi Fixer programme in 2012, have decided to close the company following a year’s battle to establish themselves in new premises outside of their windmill home. The company has been operating for the past year at The Sandboy Public House in Bawsey but high rent and Business Rates has proved this venue unviable.
Lindsay Abel, Managing Director of the company explained “The company was set up to prove that the beautiful Denver Windmill heritage site, funded in 2000 by The Lottery and a number of other organisations, could be sustainable. To a great extent we managed to do this increasing the visitor numbers to 50,000 a year. However the deteriorating state of the site and the refusal of the landlords, The Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust, to acknowledge their responsibilities to the site and to our business meant that when the stocks and sails broke we were fighting a losing battle”.
Mark and Lindsay and their daughter and son in law are now taking a well earned break before considering their future. Daughter Sally said “we still have the Denver Mills brand created for us by Alex Pollizi and the reputation for great bread and flour that we have built up over the years. We are thinking about going back to the roots of the business and finding ways to establish wholesale and retail markets for our products however we are not making any final decisions until we have caught up with our sleep!”
The Denver Mills website will continue to be updated with news and contact details as things proceed.