Mayor attends open day celebrating scheme's new offices

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Joyce Holgate at the opening of the office scheme at Holmes Mill. (s)
Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Joyce Holgate at the opening of the office scheme at Holmes Mill. (s)

Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate attended an open day hosted by hospitality group, James’ Places, to showcase its new offices at its headquarters at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe.

Around 50 people including other local dignitaries, councillors, suppliers and clients attended the event.

The Mayor spoke of the importance of tourism to the area, and the significant attraction Holmes Mill already is – attracting both locals and day visitors to the town.

Group marketing manager Heidi Kettle said: “It was a great turnout, with representation from a wide range of stakeholders.”

After arrival drinks and canapés, the invited guests were taken on a tour of the new offices from where they were able to see a bird’s eye view of the new roof canopy currently being constructed on the Weaving Shed. This architect-designed new curvy roof will cover the Food Hall due to open in early summer.

Holmes Mill is already home to Bowland Brewery, the Beer Hall, which houses what is believed to be one of the longest bars in Britain, a function room, café, gelateria and shop.

Subsequent phases of the rejuvenation of Holmes Mill will include the Bowland Food Hall, as well as a 40-bedroom apart-hotel, gym, pool and urban spa.

The whole scheme, expected to be finished by the end of 2018, will bring up to 180 new jobs to Clitheroe, and is expected to provide a welcome tourism boost to the wider Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland areas.

James’ Places portfolio includes Holmes Mill and The Emporium, Clitheroe, Waddington Arms in Waddington, Mitton Hall at Mitton, The Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale, Eaves Hall, West Bradford, Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green, Falcon Manor, Settle and the Bowland Brewery.

All share the same service values and ethos for beautiful surroundings with exceptional food and drink.