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Still milling in Cumbria 800 years later!

Heron Corn Mill is a working watermill which makes stone-ground flours.

The mill is offgrid, with a hydropower plant generating their electricity. This group aims to maintain the 800-year-old watermill and educate the community and general public about their heritage. They run activities with local communities to engage them in heritage and rural traditions and skills which are fast dying out. They also have community bread groups, textiles groups and youth groups all of which focus on learning traditional skills and technology.

Through a grant from People’s Postcode Trust, Heron Corn Mill were able provide training programmes and working opportunities for their volunteers, including work experience at other wind and water mills in the northwest region. With the aim of preventing poverty this group together with some of their retired volunteers who have an engineering background, were able to provide assistance to the younger volunteers in their youth group. Many of the younger volunteers who have disabilities or learning difficulties such as autism, ADHD, epilepsy and Type 1 diabetes, and who, without this additional support and training, are finding securing employment difficult.

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