With a new trainee miller installed at Green’s Mill, former apprentice and then trainee miller John Bellingham has now graduated to the top job, where he’s planning to increase production of the historic windmill’s organic flour while reducing waste.
Miller John is hoping to streamline the production process and find another sales outlet for the flour or make it available online. In addition he wants to focus on the educational aspect of Nottingham City Council’s 19th century working mill and science centre. John, from Netherfield, is also responsible for the daily maintenance of the mill, hosting children’s parties, running workshops and giving talks.
He started his two-year apprenticeship in 2012 before becoming trainee miller and now miller, gaining NVQ level 3, legionella, first aid and other qualifications along the way.
John said: “Being 33 when I started my apprenticeship, I was older than your average apprentice. I applied for the role because it sounded like an interesting challenge. My interest was really in heritage rather than milling, but milling is a subject that is easy to develop an interest in and I think it is important to maintain traditional working practices.
“I enjoy being in an active job – I am not one for sitting down all day. I find the job to be a rewarding one in many ways, both working with the mill and with children. I have already achieved much since arriving here but I would like to continue this, expand the site and, hopefully, get it to the point where it can sustain itself on a day-to-day basis.”
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “I was very pleased to see John become another of the council’s successful apprentices, going on to get a permanent job here in Nottingham and put his skills to good use. I wish him well for the future and look forward to seeing him put his plans for Green’s Mill into action. We also have a strong volunteer base to help him and I would like to thank them for their important contribution.”
Green’s Mill organic flour is available from the mill on Belvoir Hill, Sneinton or by mail order by calling 0115 915 6878.