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New chapter in sawmill Storey

Chris Storey with his daughter, Angela, who has become the third generation of the family to work at Duncombe Sawmill, Helmsley.

Chris Storey with his daughter, Angela, who has become the third generation of the family to work at Duncombe Sawmill, Helmsley.

A THIRD generation is now represented at a family-run business in Ryedale.

Angela Storey, 30, has begun a new chapter in the story of her family’s involvement with Duncombe Sawmill in Helmsley.

The forensic science graduate, who is from Kirkbymoorside, has swapped a career as a civilian worker with North Yorkshire Police to join her father, Chris, at the sawmill, where she is now office administrator and in charge of customer service.

Chris, the sawmill manager, was just 15 when he started as a trainee forester with the sawmill’s former owner, Duncombe Park.

Apart from a stint spent training as a mechanic, he has worked in forestry ever since.

His late father John worked at the sawmill from 1970 until his retirement in 1986. He spent most of his working life in timber, working out of the woods and driving a tractor for Duncombe.

“I was told that you might as well resign yourself to the fact you’ve got a disease, and it’s in your blood,” said Chris. “It’s a way of life, it’s not just a means of earning a living.”

The latest Storey to join the business said she remembered revising for her GCSEs sat in a tractor cab with her father. She used to help out at the sawmill in her school holidays.

“I love working for a smaller, local business where it is relaxed and friendly and you can just get on with your job,” she said. “It’s nice to see people who are so happy with our products, and that makes us proud.”

Chris said: “We are like any people – we have our differences, but we do get on well.”

Duncombe Sawmill owner Emma Woods, who took on the sawmill almost ten years ago, said: “It has been great to welcome Angela on board. She is a pleasure to work with and has rapidly become a key member of the team.”

Duncombe Sawmill offers timber cut to any size, bespoke gates and fence panels made to any style or size, as well as offering timber treatment and an installation service. Most of its timber is Forestry Stewardship Council-certified and comes from within a 25-mile radius.

 

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