Angela Jardine, Trustee at The Maltings in Great Dunmow, reflects on the Mill Lane building and how volunteers are playing a vital role.

Whether you have had your jabs and now dream of eating inside a restaurant or maybe you’re more adventurous and are poised ready to book a holiday, we are all slowly beginning to live our new normal lives.

But it isn’t all change. There is one constant in Dunmow. The Maltings in Mill Lane stands proud and looks forward to welcoming you.

It's shocking to think that The Maltings was almost demolished but it was saved for the community by a dedicated band of volunteers.

Dunmow Broadcast: David Wolfe, the late Terry Jarvis, Elphin Watkins and Mike Dines.David Wolfe, the late Terry Jarvis, Elphin Watkins and Mike Dines. (Image: The Friends of Great Dunmow Maltings)

If the building could talk, I am sure that there would be many tales to tell but I hope that there would also be a word of thanks for those people who give so much of their time to ensure that this venue remains available for the community.

Dunmow Broadcast: Signs point the way to Great Dunmow Maltings and MuseumSigns point the way to Great Dunmow Maltings and Museum (Image: Great Dunmow Maltings)

In addition to housing the town museum the building is also available to hire. It now proudly boasts an updated audio system which will greatly benefit our local businesses as they hire The Maltings for meetings, AGMs and a host of functions.

As we come out of lockdown and start to meet up with old friends there is an opportunity for you to get involved with the team. Our unpaid volunteers are priceless!

The Friends of The Maltings is always happy to welcome new members and would be delighted to hear from people who want to join the team.

Or, maybe you feel that you could offer particular skills and experience and will consider joining the board of Trustees.

The Maltings is a building in the heart of Great Dunmow.

It has a proud history, could you be part of its future? To find out more contact The Friends via email

Or for venue hire and general enquiries email

You can always follow us on Facebook and get involved.


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