Eskdale Mill Volunteer Open Day – A new chapter in the mills story opens.

We recently held the first informal volunteer get together and recruitment day at Dalegarth Station on the 16th January 2016.


Paul Pharaoh the Chairman of the Mill Trust gave us an interesting introduction to the work of the Trust and its future directions. I then explained about about the immediate needs for 2016, and the crucial role that volunteers are going to play over the year.
Fundamentally the role of a front of house welcoming guide was identified as being our most pressing need and thankfully a few people expressed an interest in taking on that role.

What is the role of a front of house guide?

Front of House Volunteers are vital to the success of this transformation and our visitors’ experience of the Mill; they act as meeters and greeters, and represent the public face of the EMHT and can act as escorts for our visitors. We are looking for people to join our volunteer team, providing a friendly and helpful welcome to all the Mills visitors, taking the entrance fee, giving information,directions and answering queries about the Mill, milling, the valley exhibitions, displays,the collections and many other subjects.

Thankfully the weather abated for a short period – between storms Frank and Gertrude – and we even enjoyed some sunshine, as about 20 of us, some new and some familiar faces then walked up to the Mill where Dave King the outgoing custodian gave us perhaps his last tour of the Mill, though I’m hopeful that he will be able to come back as a volunteer to help train us in the operation of the mill before we open for the summer season.


Dave’s tour was enjoyed by us all and inspired a lot of interest in the mill, milling, local history and getting involved in the the future.

Our ambition is that we will open through the Summer on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. So if you are also interested in helping with that or indeed any other roles at the mill, please do get in touch, you will be very welcome!

Thanks to everyone who came and I hope to meet you all again soon.

Our next meeting will be the big spring clean at the Mill on the 13th February 2016. Please join us between 10.30 and 2.30.

A packed lunch, gloves and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty are recommended!

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