Steve Birrell and Glenda Deans visit Cirencester

FRIENDSHIP: Steve Birrell and Glenda Deans, of Tremain's Mill, are the latest Bathurstians to visit Cirencester in the English Cotswolds.
FRIENDSHIP: Steve Birrell and Glenda Deans, of Tremain's Mill, are the latest Bathurstians to visit Cirencester in the English Cotswolds.

THE hunt for items for Bathurst’s soon-to-be-established Australian Milling Museum has gone overseas.

Steve Birrell and Glenda Deans, who bought the Tremain’s Mill complex in lower Keppel Street in 2015, were in the English Cotswolds town of Cirencester recently on a fact-finding mission.

They were looking for information on early bread making and the use of mills in the UK as work continues on setting up the world-first museum.

The museum, serviced apartments, a public plaza and a number of tenancies are part of their plans for the sprawling Tremain’s Mill site.

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While in the UK, the couple visited various mill sites across the Cotswolds, including woollen mills, and took information from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

And they got some help from Cirencester Town Councillor Mark Harris, who appealed for those “who might have artefacts, clippings or information on the flour and woollen mills of this region” that can be used by the museum.

“It was an interesting period in Britain and it is great that Stephen has come over to meet us all and talk to us about his project,” he said.

Mr Birrell and Ms Deans’ visit followed Bathurst brother and sister Andrew Prior and Denise Garland visiting Cirencester in the town’s early summer as part of the growing friendship between the two communities.

A large leaving party was held in Cirencester in honour of Mr Birrell and Ms Deans, who were made aware of the friendship via Bathurst Regional Council.

Bathurst Regional Council approached Cirencester Town Council with a view to forming a friendship in 2015 and, since then, a series of events have taken place to further the relationship.

Cirencester’s Simon King – who has since been elected president of the town’s chamber of commerce – visited Bathurst earlier this year on a fact-finding mission and met with members of the local sporting and business communities while he was here.

Cirencester has plans to send someone to Bathurst from the town as part of an educational opportunity coming up later in the year.

Those wanting more information about the friendship between the two communities can email info@cirencesterbathurst.org