We recently had the pleasure of speaking to well known volunteer Janet Prescott, who dropped by to tell us about the work involved in the restoration of Moulton windmill.
Since the first public meeting in 1998, Janet has played an important role in the restoration of Moulton Mill and has been involved with the project, starting off as secretary, but progressing to become both project and mill manager.
Business planning, people management, project management and delivery were all vital skills which Janet possessed and was able to bring to the role, skills she developed at her day job as a manufacturing manager at Bakkavor.
She told us a little of the history of the mill and the hoops the committee has had to jump through to achieve charitable status, as well as writing successful funding bids to enable restoration to commence.
She told us of the huge learning curve all involved had to embark on when learning about the local history, milling techniques, flour production, running a tea room and giving guided tours.
Janet has also been involved in many different restoration projects in the county, including becoming project manager at Crowland Abbey, and involvement with restoration projects in Whaplode and Holbeach.
She is always happy to share her knowledge and expertise, and offer advice, to those embarking on projects involving historic buildings.
Amazingly Janet still finds time to be a wife, knitter, painter, soap maker and dog walker, and has inspired many volunteers on all the projects she is involved with.
In October, Janet was presented with the British Empire Medal in recognition for her services to Moulton Mill and to heritage in Lincolnshire.
This well deserved award had been kept a secret from her until she received the official letter and the ceremony itself took place amongst all her friends at Moulton Mill with local dignitary, Tony Worth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire officiating at an emotional ceremony.
You can listen to the full interview on the podcasts section of our website – www.tulip-radio.co.uk