*****COMING SOON*****Welcome aboard ICEPEAK

The innovators and early adopters amongst us will be familiar with Icepeak, research shows is regularly “googled”. The first I heard of it was when we decided to stock them here at the mill. I’ve seen some of the samples and I must admit I’m sold, I’m a fan, and I’m happy to pay that little bit extra for something different and eye catching.


ICEPEAK, established 1996, is one of the biggest sports clothing brands in Europe. Icepeak offers active sports clothing for sports shops and department stores.

The brand designs sports clothing to maximize the consumer’s outdoor experience. Affordable prices, quality materials, functional details and trendy design are the key factors in the brand’s great success.

The brand provides functional, active apparel for optimum performance in sports, leisure and everyday use.

The Nordic Nature sportswear collection is casual but spiced up with a pinch of the unique Nordic nature and Finnish simplicity. The collection merges an urban active lifestyle with outdoor-inspired elements. Nordic symbols are seen in patterns and prints. Protective and stylish details are many, including different hoods, protective back hems, taped seams, higher collars, adjustable waists, and new personal structured surfaces. Casual functionality, a trendy look and comfort are the key words of the collection. Neutral tones create an authentic and modern style.


The Power of Walking. 8 reasons why walking is great for your health

8 reasons why walking is great for your health. So jump up and get going…….

Gentle, low-impact exercise that’s easy, free and available to everyone – here’s why walking rocks.

1. Walking strengthens your heart

Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.

2. Walking lowers disease risk

A regular walking habit slashes the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent, and you’re 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb with an active hobby such as walking.

3. Walking helps you lose weight

You’ll burn around 75 calories simply by walking at 2mph for 30 minutes. Up your speed to 3mph and it’s 99 calories, while 4mph is 150 calories (equivalent to three Jaffa cakes and a jam doughnut!). Work that short walk into your daily routine and you’ll shed the pounds in no time.

4. Walking prevents dementia

Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass. Since dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80, we reckon that’s a pretty great idea.

5. Walking tones up legs, bums and tums

Give definition to calves, quads and hamstrings while lifting your glutes (bum muscles) with a good, regular walk. Add hill walking into the mix and it’s even more effective. Pay attention to your posture and you’ll also tone your abs and waist.

6. Walking boosts vitamin D

We all need to get outside more. Many people in the UK are vitamin D deficient, affecting important things like bone health and our immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting your vitamin D fix.

7. Walking gives you energy

You’ll get more done with more energy, and a brisk walk is one of the best natural energisers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. Try walking on your lunch break to achieve more in the afternoon.

8. Walking makes you happy

It’s true – exercise boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.


The Story of the Scarf

The Story of the scarf

As the seasons change and the temperature drops our minds turn to keeping warm and these days it’s done with style. I got to thinking of scarves, I’m a fan of scarves, all types of materials and got to thinking how the scarf came about and here is a little of what I found out.

Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth”, and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.

Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors.

In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers’ scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. Some of the Croatian soldiers served as mercenaries with the French forces. The men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie,

The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century, scarves became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories for both men and women. Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items.


Welcome aboard Tulchan

Welcome Aboard Tulcan


Established for over 30 years Tulchan womenswear have developed a commitment to offering customers a stylish look with beautifully fitting garments, using natural fibres wherever possible. Nestled between the shores of the Lake District and the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales, Tulchan take inspiration from the beautiful environment that surrounds us. A welcome addittion to Otterburn Mill and a perfect endorsement for the wholesome approach we take to providing a selection of clothes that reflect the very environment that surrounds us.

Designers from Kirkby Lonsdale create all the garments you love from right there; the unique print and product lines are created with love in Lancashire.

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All about the glorious Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed
Heritage and History from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven a beautiful intricate cloth the world knows simply as Harris Tweed.

1934 saw the alternation of the Trademark Definition allowing the use of island millspun yarn in addition to handspun and enabled the industry to make a huge leap in production.

Over the decades Harris Tweed was embraced by the world, from Royalty and landed gentry to Hollywood icons and the finest designers of couture, this humble cloth, produced by the skilled craftsmen and women of the Outer Hebrides, became a wardrobe staple, a must-have item for discerning customers across the globe.

In its rise to prominence, Harris Tweed scaled Everest and graced the Silver Screen, sailed the Sever Seas and showed off on red carpets and catwalks.  By the middle of 20th century the Clo Mor (gaelic for Big Cloth) had secured its status as a true and timeless classic textile.

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The Man behind our Bank Holidays

John Lubbock

It’s fair to say that bankers are not exactly the toast of the town these days. However we do have alot to thank this particular banker for. We love a busy bank holiday here at Otterburn Mill, nice to see folks out and about enjoying themselves.

If you’ve been out in the sunshine today, perhaps sizzling some meat on the barbecue, or relaxing on the beach. It’s a banker you have to thank. A dead one, admittedly for it was Liberal MP who got the ball rolling back in 1871 by tabling the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. Aiming to ease the pressure on workers with an extra four days off. At that point on Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday, and Boxing Day.

Take a bow John Lubbock MP

Lubbock was the son of a London banker. He was a a banker himself before becoming elected the Member of Parliament in 1870, and again in 1874,for Maidstone in Kent.
The fine fellow had four main political agendas, one of which was securing additional holidays and shorter working hours for the working classes.

Room with a view

Seriously how many people can look out of their window at work and see this?

Tranquility in the wonderful Northumberland country side, warm cheese scones and fresh coffee. Yup Folks, this is seriously work. Honest.

One door closes yet another opens

The end of an era at Otterburn Mill

The End of an Era

Many of the Mills were privately owned, like Otterburn Mill and, during the second world war, substantial profits were made.

After the war, engineering materials were in short supply. Resulting in a lack of investment in modern textile machinery and systems until the late 60’s/early 70’s. By then, the investment required was too large for many companies to afford.

This general lack of investment allowed world wide competition to overtake the UK woollen trade. Although rearguard action was taken by some textile companies through amalgamation, the lack of marketing and capital investment took their toll.

The Mill at Otterburn suffered from a lack of investment. It had to close manufacturing in December 1976.

The machinery lay idle until John Waddell sold the business and premises to Euan Pringle. A member of yet another famous family of Scottish woollen manufacturers, in 1995. Since that time, the site has undergone a substantial period of redevelopment to produce the facilities you see today.

The Mills archieve

Not many have heard of the Mills Archieve but they aim to preserve and protect records of our milling heritage, to make them freely available to the public. There purpose is to become the national centre of excellence for learning, understanding and research on mills, milling and the historic uses of traditional power sources.


seek and acquire historical and contemporary records of mills and milling;
store, care for and keep together collections placed in our care;
encourage research into our milling heritage;
make as much of our material as possible available for public inspection;
provide facilities for research and education at the Archive and on the Internet;
offer advice and support to collectors, promoting future deposits;
build close links with existing organisations holding mill material, with a view to sharing information and possibly resources;
actively encourage an interest in mills by developing and promoting education and information programmes based on local communities and on the need for lifelong learning.

There worth a look https://millsarchive.org

The end of an era
New opportunities can be tinged with anticipation and sadness as one chapter draw to a close.
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Rio Ready? The Start of Rio Olympics 2016……….

Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Ready? The Start of Rio 2016……….

Well, maybe not quite. It takes me all of my resolve to get out for my morning run, never mind the commitment of the athletes involved in Rio 2016. You can’t really escape the media coverage of the Olympics and it kinda got me thinking of things. I was wondering to myself where and what the five rings of the Olympics were all about? So a little on-line research brought up the following. (This is the short answer!).

The five rings represent the flags of the majority of countries that participate in the Olympic events. Blue, yellow, black, green and red, as well as the white in the background. These colours were found in the majority of the nations’ flags.

Designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, it was initially delayed from becoming the official symbol of the Olympics by the beginning of World War I. Finally debuted in the 1920 Summer Olympics, the rings commonly symbolize wholeness and continuity, combined together to indicate peace and fraternity. Up until 1951, the official International Olympic Committee handbook stated that the five rings represented the major regions of the world.

So there you go, you may have learnt something today.

Want to learn more?

The Rio 2016 Olympic games has it’s own site as you would imagine so you can learn more https://www.rio2016.com/en