January-February 2015 Newsletter

Friends Newsletter

January – February 2015

A look back over 2014

Our first full year of operation has been a learning curve with some disappointments but plenty of successes.   We are proud to have been winners of a Heritage Angel award from English Heritage for best restoration of an industrial building.  We were joint winners of the Heritage Hero award for 2014 from The Heritage Alliance and were specially commended by The Georgian Group in their annual awards.  This national recognition is a tribute to all those who have worked on the project.

The series of 27 craft courses planned and organised by Jen Wakefield has been popular with 234 participants.  The costs were subsidised by the RHT.  The courses for the next six months have been planned covering painting, sculpture, photography, willow weaving and more.  Details are available on the website.

Attracting schools to visit has proved more challenging, but we have had about 500 primary and pre-school children to the island learning about renewable energy, the history of the mill and bread-making.  If you are the parent of school children, please encourage the school to get in touch with us.  The feedback from visiting teachers and pupils has been very encouraging.

More repairs have been necessary to the waterwheel and a new bearing has been fitted to the Archimedes Screw.  Overall, with favourable river levels, it has been a good year for electricity generation.

Here’s looking forward to a successful 2015.

Annual General Meeting

Join us this coming Saturday (31st Jan) for our AGM. Find out about what has been happening over the past 12 months and what we hope for 2015. The AGM starts at 2pm. Refreshments will be provided.If you are also interested in becoming a volunteer guide or want to help with the general upkeep of the building and island then please come along and speak to trustees and other people involved with the project.


We welcome you to come to a Teachers Day at Howsham Mill.
On Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd February we invite teachers to come to the Mill to find out about the exciting new educational opportunities for 2015.Join us at 12 or 2pm to meet with our Education Officer and find out about what Howsham Mill has to offer. Lunch will be provided.We will also have Hazel Canning from North Yorkshire Forest School Training. “North Yorkshire Forest School Training is working with Howsham Mill to offer Forest School Leader training at Howsham Mill this summer term. The course offered, a professional development opportunity for teaching staff, is the NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership, the qualification endorsed by the national Forest School Association. Teaching is delivered by enthusiastic and supportive tutors who are qualified teachers and Forest School Leaders, and importantly experienced in the integration of Forest School and the curriculum. North Yorkshire Forest School Training has been established for 6 years supplying high quality courses to educational establishments throughout Yorkshire and the North East. The course start date is 1st June 2015”.

“Forest School will transform the educational provision on offer.” Vice Principal, Wakefield, 2014.

If you are interested in attending the Teachers Day please email edu.howshammill@gmail for more information. Pre-booking is essential.

Upcoming Events & Craft Courses:

Saturday 7th March – Monthly Cinema Club – Alien
Tuesday 10th March – Wire Sculpture Hedgehogs – £35
Thursday 12th March – Acrylic Landscape Painting – £20
Friday 20th March – Willow Weaving Plant Obelisks – £40
Wednesday 25th March – Photography Course – £20
Saturday 11th April – Mosaics Course – £30Sunday 12th April – Monthly Cinema Club – How to Train your Dragon 2 & North by Northwest.Tuesday 14th April – Wire Sculpture Wading Birds – £35

Wednesday 15th April – Photography Course – £20

Thursday 16th April – Watercolour Landscape – £20

Friday 24th April – Willow Weaving Chickens – £30

For more information about all courses and events please check out our website