We have had two volunteer days one in October 2015 and recently February 2016. These have been organised by Gwyn Stacey who has brought a party of students from the Centre of Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. They are on a part time architects course at the Centre.
The group Gwyn, Marc, Eve, Spence, James and latterly Lillian have been a great party to have had. They tackled jobs around the mill and in the garden. Sweeping up leaves from the steps up to the sluice, cleaning the slates beside the wheel and creosoting the wheel guard. Digging out drainage ditches and sorting out the car park area, which has become a mud bath with three months of rain. Clearing gutters and cleaning slates in the backyard. It has all been an enormous help.
In the afternoons i have run some sessions, giving them a taste of watercolour painting and mixed media; never mind the curry night followed by a game of Balderdash.
I have enjoyed having such young energy , though they were complaining about reaching a quarter of a century. I wish!
When I first came to the mill in 1976 the wheel needed repair. It was eventually done in 1988 by Adrian Childs, with some supporting help (literally) from me and I remember Peter Welch the mill wright saying "it will last 25 years", that seemed a long time away, well it is now 2014 and the wheel needs repairs again. One of the spokes is rotten and the boards are breaking up in places. If anyone is interested in helping in this venture either physically, financially, or helping with getting grants, then please get in touch.