Farfield Mill - Who we are and what we do
Farfield Mill Ltd - Community Benefit Society
To honour and preserve Sedbergh’s textile heritage though the provision of a hub for creative enterprise, within which a vibrant community of weavers, artists and craftspeople engage the visiting public in an appreciation of weaving and traditional and contemporary arts and crafts.
Objects of the Society
The objects of the new Community Benefit Society shall be for the public benefit to;
a. preserve for the benefit of the residents of Sedbergh and the surrounding districts, and for the public at large, Farfield Mill and other buildings of historical industrial and architectural heritage which form the group of Mill buildings of which Farfield Mill is a part.
b. promote and educate the general public about the cultural significance and heritage of: (i) the production of wool and textiles in Sedbergh, surrounding districts, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria; and (ii) the historical role of Farfield Mill in development of the production of textiles locally.
• the preservation and improvement of fine craftsmanship, in particular but not exclusively, weaving and other textile crafts;
• to advance education in the arts by the establishment and maintenance of an arts and heritage centre in particular but not exclusively through:
• the provision for the public of opportunities to learn about the art and practices of weavers and other artists and craftspeople and to examine their work
c. the provision of open workspace for use by new and existing creative enterprises on favourable terms, so that the public can view weavers and other artists and craftspeople engaged in art and practices of craftspeople
d. for any other exclusively charitable purpose for the benefit of the public and residents of Sedbergh and the surrounding districts as the Board determine from time to time.
How your support helps
By supporting us, you're keeping traditional weaving skills alive for future generations, preserving architectural industrial heritage, supporting local artists and makers through studio space and exhibition opportunities and helping to provide art and craft workshops for everyone.
Friends of Farfield and Volunteers
Our mission is to support Farfield Mill in as many ways as we can.
Subscriptions for 2017 are £15 (single) and £25 (couple) which entitles you to visit Farfield Mill as often as you like, any day of the week, all year round (unless we're closed of course!) As a Friend you also receive a regular email newsletter, invitations to exhibition previews and special fund-raising events, and advance notice of workshops.
Friends volunteer time and skills as well as money, such as assisting on the reception desk, offering DIY help where required, helping keep the carpark clean and tidy to name just a smattering of how you can get involved. As a volunteer you can; meet new people, be part of a friendly team, learn new skills, gain valuable work-related experience and engage with your local heritage and arts.
Sponsors and Funders
We are indebted to our sponsors and funders for their support now and during the Mill's restoration