Days of fun at historic mill

Heatherslaw Mill
Heatherslaw Mill

Forty days of fun have been planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the re-opening of England’s most northerly working mill.

The exciting programme at Heatherslaw Corn Mill will start on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25; beginning a range of events which will run until July 3.

As part of launch day, the public will be able to access the building, at Ford and Etal Estates, for 75p.

Staff will be dressed in 1970s-style costume and visitors decked out in similar attire will be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Medieval archer Rusty Bodkins will be on site for the day to help people learn about the clothes and weapons of that era. An art exhibition from Coldstream Art Club will also be on display, with work available to buy.

Throughout the 40 days, there will be themed historical tours, talks, tasting sessions and quizzes.

There has been a mill at the site on the River Till for more than 700 years, with the current building dating back to the early 19th century.

At that time Heatherslaw was a thriving industrial site accommodating blacksmiths, millers and carters but, sadly, by the turn of the 20th century this had all declined and the mill became a shadow of its former self.

In 1949, the millstones at Heatherslaw ground to a halt. Unused and abandoned, the mill rapidly became derelict and soon seemed destined for demolition.

But, during the late 1960s, a group of volunteers formed Heatherslaw Mill Trust and began a programme of restoration. Finally, in May 1975, Heatherslaw Mill was opened to the public.

The 40 days of fun event will run daily at Heatherslaw Corn Mill from Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, to Friday, July 3. Visit www.ford-and-etal.co.uk or call 01890 820338.