Mill’s history in the making

Sail building at Moulton Mill: front (from left) ' manager Ray Andrew, Jim Critchley, Peter Hall; back ' John Nowell, Anthony Maister, Geoff Hoare, John Gibson. Photos NIKKI GRIFFIN SG060411-115NG

Sail building at Moulton Mill: front (from left) ' manager Ray Andrew, Jim Critchley, Peter Hall; back ' John Nowell, Anthony Maister, Geoff Hoare, John Gibson. Photos NIKKI GRIFFIN SG060411-115NG

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Members of the community are getting involved in history in the making at Moulton Mill.

An important stage of the restoration project at the mill is to get the sails back on, and people are invited to drop in each Wednesday to help out with this project.

Chairman of the Friends of Moulton Mill Alan Lambert said a team was assembling and producing shutters on the first floor of the mill, and anyone who turned up could join in.

Each of the four sails has 52 shutters – 26 long and 26 short – so 208 are needed in total. Alan, whose wife Monica manages the tea room, explained: “If you look at the sail it is not just a piece of canvas, but made up of all these shutters that open and close. It is these we are assembling ourselves and we have saved £27,000 on the cost. It’s man-intensive, hence the savings.”

If you are interested but not able to help out, there is a cross-section of an old sail in the mill so people can see how it works.

It is hoped the sails will be on the mill by September at the latest. Alan added: “Putting the sails on visually is what everyone is waiting for because they have not been on for 100 years, but there is a lot of work to do inside before we can be grinding and making our own flour, which is the ultimate aim of the project.”