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New chief at Whitchurch Silk Mill
A NEW chairman has been appointed to lead the Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust.
Rupert Nabarro, of Bere Mill, near Whitchurch accepted the invitation and will replace Whitchurch Borough Councillor Keith Watts, who has chaired the trustees since the previous committee resigned last year amid concerns over the future of the Mill.
Mr Nabarro, the former chief executive of Investment Property Databank, which he founded in 1985, said: “It is an honour to be asked to chair this great project which is an important community asset, part of our industrial heritage, and of interest way beyond Hampshire.
“Keith has done a great job in getting a fine team of managers and trustees together and I hope to be able to contribute to its future success.”
Cllr Watts said his role in the Mill had been to “lead a transition from last year’s decline” which threatened closure of the Silk Mill as a public asset, “to a lively and optimistic voluntary body under professional leadership”.
He added: “That job is done, this is the time for me to give more time to my wider responsibilities as a councillor and leave the chair for someone new who will lead the next stage of the resurgence.
“I’m delighted that Rupert Nabarro has agreed to join the trust as chairman and I am confident that he will make a major contribution to further development of the living, weaving heritage of the Silk Mill.”
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