Crabble Corn Mill takes a lot of looking after in the way of repairs and renovations to the fabric of the building and its immediate surroundings. In order to fund the various projects we hold events throughout the year including, but not limited to, the annual Beer Festival in May and the Cider and Ale Festival in October. Crabble Corn Mill Trust are indebted to the regular sponsors and supporters of such events without whom the maintenance and improvement of the Mill and its immediate environment would be impossible.

While the Trust must bear the brunt of the cost of materials the majority of the work is actually carried out by the small, dedicated team of unpaid volunteers.

Below are some recent projects undertaken to improve things around the Mill. Click on the Read More links to view some photographs from each project.


 

The basement area of the Mill is often used as an exhibition area.  In early July 2014 the Temple Ewell Art Group were the first to benefit from the installation of a few LED spotlights to provide some much-needed additional illumination.

The Mill courtyard has been looking a little tired for quite a while, and there were one or two health and safety issues that really needed addressing.  At the end of June 2014 the first part of this particular project was begun by placing a short paved path leading away from the emergency exit door at the base of the stair tower. The ground outside of the exit was prone to waterlogging and could become quite slippery and muddy.

An area that is often neglected until it becomes impossible to ignore is the exterior of the Miller's Cottages within the grounds of the Mill. In mid June the decision was made to replace the old cast iron guttering and downpipes with modern, white PVC on the side of the cottages facing the road.  Access was always going to be difficult and quite a proportion of the work meant using a ladder placed in the river.  The opportunity was also taken to remove unsightly and redundant sewage pipework from the side of Cottage No. 2.

Following the very successful Beer Festival at the end of May 2014 the Trust took the decision to replace the existing marquees and tents that are used around the site on such occasions. These had served us well for a number of years but were now showing their age. The replacements are of far sturdier construction and should last somewhat longer than the earlier ones.  The Trust also intends to recoup some of the expenditure by making them available for hire to the local community.

We own a horse-drawn cart originally used to transport grain to the mill and flour to the docks. In order to both display and restore this artifact we needed a weather-proof shelter.  While some years in the building this dual-purpose shelter has now been completed with the addition of a strong and stable deck. Not only will it provide shelter for our cart but also a far more comfortable area to house our BBQ during summer events.

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