Latest News From Herne Mill
Halloween Outside Herne Mill
Although 2020 has seen a stop to any visits and events that we would normally like to run for restoration fundraising, we joined in the community fun for Halloween!
We are incredibly grateful for another spooky donation made by Wahl (UK) Ltd . . . our new Pumpkin Scarecrow figure!
It was a wonderful addition to make this years decoration spooktacular, and everyone enjoyed walking past and taking photographs.
We also got featured on ITV Meridian news on the 30th October, along with the local residents talking about the amazing work they put in to create a walk and pumpkin trail to enjoy Halloween safely.
Check out the article and video via the below button:
Herne Mill Gets A New Coat
The 8th September saw the return of a cherry picker in the grounds of Herne Mill.
This was a welcome visit from the wonderful Millwright Tim Whiting and his team again, this time to give the Mill a well needed new coat of tar.
The Friends of Herne Mill are thrilled that the mill is now ready for winter - and looking so beautiful (even with its missing parts at the moment!)
A Different View
You may have noticed on the 18th May, the ground of our local landmark was home to a lorry hiab, cherry picker and contractor van for a few days.
This day marked the start of a sad but exciting time for Herne Mill, as lots of restoration work is needed to get the mill safe and back to full health again.
After sustaining damage to the shutters in the sweeps and winding gear, along with concerns about the integrity of the stocks that support the sweeps, and some of the timbers below the fan stage, work began to remove parts of the mill to enable assessment of repair work needed.
Millwright Tim Whiting and his team did an amazing job dismantling the external elements of Herne Mill (not easy in the scorching sun we had that week!)
After a few days, Herne Mill was left looking very bare indeed! The shutters, sweeps, stocks, fantail blades, striking gear, purchase when and spindle below the fan stage were removed, and this left the site safe again for our volunteers and community wardens.
Even though there is no firm date of when we will see Herne Mill back to its best, we eagerly await the positive repair work to begin and look forward to further news from Kent County Council.