Dedicated volunteers come together to restore derelict water mill at Shelsley Walsh

 A group of enthusiastic volunteers have come together to lovingly restore a derelict Malvern Hills landmark.


Shelsley Water Mill, located near the foot of the famous Shelsley Walsh hill-climb course, has been restored to working order by a small group of retirees.

The Grade II listed mill is Worcestershire's only working water powered corn mill and has since become a visitor attraction, an educational resource and also provides an active conservation of a wildlife habitat.

The Midland Automobile Club, which has operated the hill-climb since 1905 and is the oldest operational motor sport venue in the world, took on the farm buildings and neglected water mill in 2005.

An appeal to club members saw a small group of volunteers take on the repair and maintenance of the water mill. This group went on to become the Shelsley Water Mill Society and brought the mill back to life over five years.

The restoration was funded by many small individual donations and a small number of more substantial donations from local trusts.

The mill was also nominated in the Community Project Award category for the Pride of Malvern Hills Awards 2019.

Kim Johnson, Chairman of Shelsley Water Mill Society, said: "We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished here over the years. We are all from different backgrounds but have come together to use our skills to turn this derelict mill into a fully functioning one.

"We hope that more people will pay us a visit to learn about the history of the mill, how it works and the local community it served."

Claire Vaughan, Community, Leadership and Engagement Officer at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We are all in awe at the hard work and dedication of the volunteers from Shelsley Water Mill Society. The water mill is a beautiful piece of machinery which has been sympathetically restored to a high standard and thanks to the volunteers, it will continue to be enjoyed for years to come."

The mill will be open for National Mills Weekend (11-12 May), and also during lunch breaks on competition days run by Midland Automobile Club.

Visit www.shelsleywatermill.com for more information on how to visit the water mill.

Pictured: The Shelsley Water Mill Society outside the restored mill.
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