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.
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 – email@example.com 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.
Opening on Good Friday is the Braziers Café, where visitors can enjoy excellent coffee light lunches, cakes and cream teas. Following the success of their pop up café at the winter steam days the Wellington based coffee roasters are now in residence full time at the Mill and open to the public throughout the week. With no admission to the Mill required it makes a perfect destination for a walk, cycle or tour – and with free Wi-Fi it also makes the perfect place for an informal business meeting.