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We are now seeking funds for the next stage of the Mill Pond project – and increasing the area that is free for the community to enjoy and further increase the biodiversity of the area.
We are committed to the restoration of the mill pond area, creating a unique historical resource and bio-diversity project that is free at the point of use for locals, visitors, community groups, schools and other educational establishments whilst at the same time engendering community involvement in its development and sustainability.
Phase 1 has now been completed, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, staff, wildlife experts and our generous funders and the Mill Pond is now home to over 400 native trees and increased biodiversity. For the Mill, the increased water flow has led to our sluices being cleared and we are close to running the Mill using the original water supply.
We are keen to continue with this project and restore it to its former glory. We are currently seeking funding from local company Viridor Credits to continue this project and are seeking your support. Show your support for our application for grant application to Viridor Credits and sign below.
Running along the leat by the car park, is our new sensory garden. Created with help from Tesco’s ‘bags of help’ and paving specialists MatsGrids it is the perfect place to spend some time enjoying the Mill’s grounds and stimulating the senses.
The aim of the garden is to create a stimulating and sensory space that could be enjoyed by all visitors to the Mill. Designed by one of the Mill’s volunteers, the plans accommodate grass and stone paving suitable for wheelchair users together with a wide range of planting that are specifically accessible for visitors with visual or physical impairments, dementia and wheelchair users.
The design incorporates a raised oval central bed as well as surrounding areas packed with plants for sound, sight, feel and smell. All of which are accessible by wheelchair users and pushchairs. Central to the design is an oval bed which takes visitors on a circular route around the garden for ease of access and exit.
With the plan in place our volunteers created the sensory garden, initially clearing and levelling the ground, before building the raised beds and installing the pathways. After research the team chose MatsGrids x-grid® which was not only easy to install but allows all year access even when filled with plants or gravel. With this in place, wooden features made from Mill trees and the planting was completed which is now maturing for all year interest.
The sensory garden can now be enjoyed without entrance to the Mill.
Matsgrids suppliers of ground reinforcement grids and grass protection meshes for use in all industrial development projects.
Our Spring Lambs craft club runs every Tuesday from 10-11 in the Mill. Supported by the postcode lottery, if you are under 8 or over 50 why not join us! Transport can be provided by contacting the Mill and all children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Join us for a day of family fun. Celebrate our new outdoor play & picnic area, Victorian Dressing Up Area and entertain the children with demonstrations, crafts and activities. The Sheep Trail will be out helping to explore the Mill (and there will be prizes for every complete trail). The Steam Team will also be on hand fueling the boilers and breathing life into the Mill engines. See if you can spot the smoke from the chimney across the valley and village! Open from 10.30 – 4pm.
After months of waiting the new play area and dressing up zone is complete – just in time for half term and the sunshine. Come down with the family and enjoy a informative, enjoyable and relaxing day out.
We have today launched an ambitious new volunteering programe to celebrate National Volunteering week (1st to 7th June).
Our plan is to create 33,000 hours of volunteering opportunities, where volunteers can come and learn within the Mill environment – ensuring skills developed during the industrial revolution are shared with and for future generations. With its steam engines, water wheel and industrial heritage its not hard to see how this can be achieved, volunteers can learn how to spin wool, weave and run the engines which will guarantee that this knowledge is passed on to the next generation. Did you know when working the residual heat from the boilers meant that Coldharbour Mill also heated glass houses containing tomatoes and soft fruit and this important piece of social history forms the unique character of Coldharbour Mill.
The Mill of today offers so much more – with opportunities being created for administration, retailing, marketing, event organisation, curating, tour guides and project management as the charity preserves the Mill. Skills which can be used in the wider community.
Martin Halse our CEO of Coldharbour Mill is spearheading this project and is keen to explain “with its diverse heritage, these new opportunities being created are set to promote life-long learning for all our volunteers and the chance for them to share this knowledge with the next generation to preserve traditional skills and keep the industrial revolution alive for future generations”
Ben Fox our Volunteer co-ordinator expands saying “we are a friendly team – and volunteering is a great way to learn and share skills as well as the chance to meet new friends. You don’t have to commit every week, and even if you are only able to offer a few hours we would love to hear from you.”
If you would like more information on how to become a volunteer or join us at one of our volunteer drop in sessions or contact Ben Fox – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01884 840 960
We are delighted to announce our new membership scheme and is the perfect way of showing your support in preserving the Mill for future generations.
Prices for an adult membership start at just £28 and gives unlimited standard entry to the Mill and other benefits.
Show your support and join the Mill!
Jess is 22 and has been a volunteer at Coldharbour Mill since August 2017 working on the factory floor and spinning yarn on the amazing old spinning machines. She studied Textile Design, specialising in woven textiles, at Manchester School of Art, so the chance to continue working alongside what she loves and enjoy , and spends one day a week back home in Devon,was appealing.
In late September last year she entered one of her handwoven designs into the inaugural Knockaddo Woollen Mill textile competition for the New Woven Textile Designer award. Jess says
“I was fortunate to be selected among 4 other finalists to attend an awards night at ‘Scotland Re-designed’, a very glamorous fashion event in Glasgow where the winner would be announced. I was lucky enough to win the prize, winning £500 and amazingly the production of my design at the mill In Scotland, which will feature my name as the designer on the label. It was such a great experience! “
She now hand-weaves in her studio in Bickleigh producing interior and fashion accessories and spends Thursdays volunteering with us at the Mill producing beautiful yarn.
From Good Friday we will now be open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. The Mill will be working showing the how the industrial revolution simply transformed the woollen trade in Uffculme and how our Mill changed from a cottage industry to a company with international reputation – supporting the war effort and producing fabric for the rich and famous.
Open from 10.30 – 4.00 it is the perfect family day out.