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New yoga studio is next step in Farsley mill regeneration scheme

A brand-new yoga studio is the latest in a raft of new lettings at Farsley’s Sunny Bank Mills.

Anahata Yoga is moving into the historic Old Combing building at Sunny Bank in January.

Sunny Bank owners and directors, John and William Gaunt, have invested £10m during the past 11 years to regenerate the 10-acre site and to reclaim its status as the prime employer in Farsley.

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Thriving: Sunny Bank Mills, off Farsley Town Street

Sarah McLaughlin, the owner of Anahata Yoga, said she has been working in her attic during the Covid-19 pandemic and chose the award-winning Sunny Bank Mills because of its position in the heart of the village. She said:

“I wanted to open a studio with a real community feel and I absolutely love what Sunny Bank Mills has to offer.

“Filled with local businesses, art studios and designers, it just felt like the right place to be. In the heart of Farsley where I live, my studio’s location was key and Sunny Bank Mills ticked all the boxes. The studio is a lovely big space, which is light and airy, so for me it offers the perfect setting for a yoga studio.

“I live locally and am a regular visitor to the Mill Kitchen, Grumpys and the Art Gallery, all housed at the Mill. I also love their Christmas Market. When I first moved here on my return from London, I attended one of the tours of the mill and I absolutely love how well-preserved the history of the mill is. I will definitely be looking into the history of Old Combing.”

During the past ten years the multi award-winning Sunny Bank Mills, one of the most famous family-owned mills in Yorkshire, has been transformed into a modern business and cultural, employment hub fit for the 21st century. It is now home to 75 companies, who employ a total of nearly 400 staff.

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Co-owners John and William Gaunt at Sunny Bank Mills

William Gaunt added:

“This has been a very eventful couple of weeks for us. As well as signing up Sarah and her wonderful yoga studio, we have just completed the £2 million regeneration of Weavers’ Yard in the heart of the mill, which has transformed the whole complex, and a micro-brewery is about to open. We are looking forward to 2021 with confidence, despite the many challenges of 2020.”

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