Mill in Steam

The next date you need in your diaries is Sunday 24th February for our Half Term Steam up.

 

With plenty of activities for Children, guided tours of the Mill, as well as our ever popular ‘have a go’ sessions, there really is something for everyone at Coldharbour Mill.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!… and don’t forget, under 16s go FREE!


Craft 4 Crafters

Coldharbour Mill Volunteers will be attending this event held on 14th February, at The Westpoint Centre, Exeter, EX5 1DJ

With plenty of free parking, a free shuttle bus service from Exeter train station and even an airport on its doorstep! This 3-day show will feature a mass of crafting delights, it includes textile displays, demonstrations, lectures, workshops and over 170 national and local craft businesses selling crafting supplies.
Ticket Prices On the door Adult £10 / Concession £9 / Children Under 16 FREE.
Further details can be found on the Craft4Crafters website: https://craft4crafters.co.uk/Westpoint/

Show your support for Mill Pond.

Sign our campaign to support our funding bid!

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 to continue this project and are seeking your support.Show your support for our application for grant application to Viridor Credits and sign below.

 


Sensory Garden

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.

Spring Lambs Craft Club

In partnership with Age UK Mid Devon, this is part of a national campaign to combat isolation and loneliness in the older generation. Our Club is supported by Kingswood Pre-school who join us every Tuesday, 10-11am to share in making crafts.

The club is open to Over 50’s and under 8’s and is Free.


Retort & Economiser House’s Restoration Project Report

Early 2018 saw the charity decide to restore the fabric of two buildings within the Mill’s estate, The Economiser House, and early form of heat exchanger, and the Retort House, the old gas works at the mill. The project was designed to restore the fabric of both buildings, which were in a bad state of repair at a total cost of £57,000.

The Economiser House is one of only three intact in the UK, and is believed to be the only working example left, a new glass floor is also being installed so visitors can see the pit and baffles under the Economiser with LED architectural lighting, and the internal workings are now on display through a glass inspection area which again is lit with LED lighting. The Economiser will be operated on days
when the mill is under steam, but will also be an additional exhibit for visitors generally as well as being an important part of the development of efficient energy systems that can be studied by schools.

Funding was received from 7 funders including Viridor Credits, Entrust, The Association of Industrial Archaeology, The Elmgrant Trust and The Hobson Charity, with Viridor Credits and The Association of Industrial Archaeology being the main funders.

Works to the Retort House, included resetting the louver roof tiles, rebuilding parts of exterior walls, pinning the stone walling on the north side of the building, alongside restoration of doors and windows and the installation of new guttering and drainage.

Works to the Economiser House included a new roof, repointing of the masonry, the restoration of doors and windows, the installation of a glass viewing panel and glass floor, during the course of the project it was found that the rear wall was not attached to the rest of the building and this added further costs of £550 to the project, also discovered was an amount of Asbestos which added another £650 of costs.
The Mill appointed Devon York as the main contractor and MRH MS Ltd to manage the project, further specialists James Spencer Heritage Carpenters were appointed to manage the restoration of four doors and three windows in both buildings. Volunteers carried out the installation of general lighting and LED
architectural lighting, alongside the restoration of the Economiser itself, interpretation panels are being designed in house.


Restoration Work Begins

Works have begun on the restoration of our Economiser house (earliest form of heat exchanger) and the Retort house which produced gas to light the mill and transformed working at the mill in the mid Victorian period. This allowed production to carry on beyond daylight hours. The gas retort also supplied local cottages in the hamlet of Coldharbour.

Our thanks goes to a number of donors for this project: Viridor Credits Environmental Company, The Hobson Charity, Association for Industrial Archaeology, match funding by a private donor and Viscount Amory Charitable Trust.