Can you help High Wycombe’s last watermill keep turning?
The High Wycombe Society’s team of volunteer millers at Pann Mill, the little watermill on the Rye, are constantly doing minor repairs on the building and machinery to keep the mill in working condition.
Their latest project is a major refurbishment of the waterwheel which is the powerhouse of the mill. The blades (called buckets) which catch the water and turn the wheel are old and worn.
Over the winter the team are hoping to renew all 48 buckets. This is an expensive undertaking, even with voluntary labour. Strips of steel have been bought and are being bent to the correct shape. The millers are cutting slots and holes in preparation for fixing. The buckets need to be galvanised, a specialist job, and painted to ensure they are rustproof. They are then fitted to the wheel frame one by one. The old buckets may be difficult to remove as they have been in place for 50 years, but it is hoped the work will be completed by the next open day in May 2019.
There has been a mill on the site since before the time of the Domesday Book. It is now the only working corn mill remaining and the High Wycombe Society, who lease the property, feel it is important to maintain the mill as a part of our town’s heritage. The mill is an educational experience for children, many of whom visit as part of a pre-arranged school party, or on the open days.
How can you help?
Any financial donations would be most welcome. A plaque will be installed in the mill with the names of any individual or team who gives a donation of £25 or more. The full cost of renewal of each bucket is £125 and anyone giving that much may specify a name to be recorded on an actual bucket.
Cheques should be made payable to “Pann Mill” and sent to:
The Treasurer, High Wycombe Society, 65 Deangarden Rise, High Wycombe HP11 1RF
If you are able to donate please enclose a covering letter explaining:
what the donation is for
your name and contact details
if you would like a receipt
what name you would like recorded
Online payments (BACS) can be sent to:
Sort Code: 40-24-17 Account No: 62422964 stating Pann Mill in the reference
If you would like to help with the labour, or do a little gardening, the millers are usually at the mill on the first and third Sunday mornings of each month and would welcome any genuine offers of help.
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