Midland Wind & Water Mills Group
- December 2013 Newsletter Minuted at their AGM.
Chairman, Tony Bonson made some comments that are
relevant to all Mills Groups and enthusiasts:
…...Tony said that it would be his last year of
chairmanship and he thanked the members who had
outlined three major problems facing the milling
world using three examples that the Group had been
involved with during the last year.
Falling membership - Although MMG numbers are
healthy the general mill scene was not brilliant,
with the Yorkshire Mills Group closing (except for
limited on-line presence) and the NW, NE and Kent
groups down to about 50 members which is probably
the minimum viable.
Environmental Campaigns. This year saw the emergence
of a group dedicated to returning the River Teme to
the state it was before 1066 which included the
removable of all weirs. So far not much attention
has been paid to weirs and they do not normally
appear in the listings for mills.
attitude could spread to other river basins so it
was hoped that it could be resisted at a national
Property Development. With any upturn in the
national economy, property developers will be back
trying to convert mills into expensive dwellings. At
Fallgate mill in Derbyshire, which was restored in
the 1980s using voluntary labour and grant funds
from various sources, the 25 year lease ran out and
the land owner has now been granted permission to
house convert the mill thereby making a large profit
from the previous restoration work.
which shows we have to maintain vigilance if we wish
to keep on protecting mills.