MillRace Furniture Restoration

The furniture restoration co-operative.

MillRace is situated in two buildings to the rear of Moulsham Mill. The origins of the Mill go back to Saxon times and a mill is mentioned on the Domesday Book of 1086.
The present site was a working mill until the mid 1970’s. Moulsham Mill now houses around 35 small businesses and charities in a pleasant riverside setting. This includes a craft area with a tea and coffee shop where meals are served. Parking is free.
The closest bus stop is “Army and Navy” on Parkway, served frequently.

MillRace furniture has been established as a business since 1995 and is also an approved City and Guilds Training centre. Our aim is to provide a wide range of professional services at competitive rates.

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  • No job considered too small

1995 – 2015 : 20 years of a unique service

On our 10th anniversary 2005 the following article (by Anne Fitzgerald) appeared in the Essex Chronicle on 24th November:

MillRace Furniture Restoration Co-operative’s workshop is a hive of activity.

Skills including French polishing an upholstery, along with chair caning and rush seating are put to good use to restore antique and modern furniture for customers. Picture framing is also undertaken and a range of restored furniture is on sale.

The co-operative, at Moulsham Mill in Parkway, Chelmsford, originally formed as a social enterprise for people recovering from long term mental health problems, is now celebrating its 10th year as a small independent business and social firm.

A real difference

Paul Richmond, secretary at MillRace Furniture, said: “The co-operative had its beginnings in a small workshop founded to provide a supportive environment to socially excluded and disadvantaged people recovering from mental health problems, or with disabilities.”

“These people take part in training and gain experience working alongside experienced furniture restorers. Much of the time they are directly involved in the services the co-operative offers.”

“All of them find that the experience has a positive effect on their problems. The co-operative makes a real difference to the individuals involved and more broadly makes a contribution that benefits the community.”

Several years ago the organisation became an accredited City and Guilds training centre offering nationally recognised qualifications in many subjects including cabinet making, French polishing and chair caning.

The training aspect has been expanded, offering around 20 places a week. Evening classes are also held for members of the public.

“The co-operative and its members always welcomes vistors who want to know more about the services we provide and the social aim that is integral to our work,” said Paul.

“In our 10 year history we have received invaluable assistance from other organisations and individuals – these include Chelmsford Star Co-operative, Social Firms For Essex, Chelmsford Voluntary Service, Croft and most recently Business Link.”