Old Mill Development
The Old Mill recently received BIG Lottery Growing Communities Asset Stage 1 Funding. This means we have received a development grant to enable us to develop our project to allow us to put in a stage 2 application. We have been encouraged to contract a business consultants to help us look at the use of the building to see if our project is viable through a development of a business plan.
SKS Scotland are our consultants and they will be carrying out community consultations over February and early March 2016 to get up to date information from the community. The informtion gathered will be very important for our funding application. You can complete the survey here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TheOldMill (highlight copy and paste into new tab)
We have also contracted an architect Sonya Linskaill. Sonya has worked with us on several occaisions and helped us develop our ideas for the building for our stage 1 application. She wasn't able to work up our ideas for a lift or biomass boiler as the boundary was not in the right place which meant no access to one area of the building which is vital for this. Sonya and her team will be taking this forward for the stage 2 application. You can see our development plans here:
Get the Wheel Turning
The Lade which brings the water to the wheel is in desperate need of repair before it collapes. We have funding in place for part of the cost, but are looking for more money and grants to enable us to get it fixed by spring 2014.
With funder sign
Our volunteer getting some training in traditional skills
With funder sign
The wheel is the central part of the mill, without it, it's just an old building. In order to keep the wheel in good repair it needs to be turning to keep the wood moist or it will just rot away. The lade wall just before the wheel is on the verge of collapsing and means it can't be used. Water at present is leaking through the cracks and too much water could bring the wall down.
Visitors to the Mill like to see the wheel turning and the workings inside moving and we really would like to be able to do this early next year.
Costs of Fixing the Lade
We need £7,979.24 for fix the wall by the wheel and flooring of the lade from the river to the wheel.
At present we have received grants from;
Dalrymple Donaldson Fund £3,000
Mill Christmas Open Day £ 677
Stirling Council (Community Fund) £1,500
our shortfall is £579.24
All work has been completed on the Lade and the wheel has been serviced. The wheel is now turning. Thank you to everyone who helped us get the wheel turning.