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
EXPLORE | IMAGINE | LEARN
“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:
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 www.howshammill.org.uk