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Kestrel Guards has been providing the security for Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings since it was acquired by Historic England in 2005, and now it is supporting Shrewsbury Food Hub too!

Built in 1797, the Grade I listed Main Mill was the world’s first iron-framed building and is what makes the site internationally significant. The site had fallen into disrepair until restoration finally began in 2014 under Historic England with funding largely thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Four of the eight listed buildings that make up the site are restored, and four others are yet to be brought back to life.

The family-owned security company has seen its transformation from the start and continues to provide security to the site moving forward.

As well as a passion for looking after historic buildings, the firm cares about the environment and supporting the local communities they work in.

Having heard about Shrewsbury Food Hub from Historic England, Kestrel Guards director James Matthews was keen to hear more and donate funds. He visited the Hub’s depot today to learn about the charity’s work and meet volunteers.

James said: “We always like to help the communities where we do business. We want to make a difference. Supporting the Food Hub is one way we can do this. It was great meeting the team this morning and seeing them in action.”

Hub manager Tammy said: “Support from businesses really helps small local charities like ours. It costs around £250,000 a year to keep us going, and this funding is a real boost. Thank you Kestrel Guards, and thank you James.”