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Our Watermill Story - So far...

We have made quite a lot of progress at Shelsley Watermill since this photo was taken and you can read about it here.

At  there are two ways you can read about the water mill work, either by following the blog entries or by reading the chapters of the book as they are prepared.

We are hoping to add a video tour in the near future.

The book, so far...

The chapters written so far are:

Shelsley Watermill Restoration Story (click here to read)

Restoring The Tailrace (click here to read)

The Videos, so far...

The blog entries, starting in August 2006...

Click on any date to read that entry and then go forward or backwards from there.

August 2006

Three blogs to start the ball rolling, all of which appeared first on a personal blog, the 24th29th and 31st August

September 2006

Another eight in September, still on the personal blog, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th September

October 2006

The watermill gets its own website and nine more blogs, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, and 31st October

November 2006

Another nine entries, 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, and 30th November

December 2006

The break for Christmas meant only five entries this month, 8th, 12th, 14th, 19th, and 21st December

January 2007

Cold and wet this month but still eight entries, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th January

February 2007

Short days in a short month, described in these seven entries:1st, 6th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, and 27th February

March 2007

Nine entries this month:1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and the 29th

April 2007

We started with a joke and then eight more blogs, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th and the 26th

May 2007

Another eight blogs this month, 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 22nd, 24th and the 29th

June 2007

Nine entries this month including the first mention of the summer flooding, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th and the 28th

July 2007

Seven blogs, mostly about how wet it was, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 17th, 19th, 24th and the 26th

August 2007

Our first video on the 21st and seven other blogs as well, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and the 30th

September 2007

Nearly the end of the hillclimb season but we keep on blogging about work on the watermill, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th and the 27th

October 2007

Nine entries this month, 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and the 30th

November 2007

Work goes on so nine more blogs, 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and the 29th

December 2007

Even with a Sunday supplement there are only seven entries, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th and the 23rd

January 2008

The start of the seventh centenary year for the watermill and the blogs keep on coming, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th and the 31st

February 2008

The month at Shelsley Watermill started by living up to the name; February Fill-dyke. Read the entries for the 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th,  and the 28th

March 2008

Reputedly March comes in like a lion, and the month did start with strong winds. It ended with some quite nice weather. Work carried regardless on the 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th and the 27th

April 2008

Easter has been and gone and Spring is well under way. The clocks have changed so no excuses for finishing early. The work went on, on the 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th-24th and the 29th

May 2008

The Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb season starts this month. This means more people to view our work, if only from a distance. Click the dates to read the blogs. 1st and 3rd - 27th

June 2008

Another month gone and still the work goes on. 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th and the 26th

July 2008

This July can't be as bad as last year, can it? Click the dates to find out. 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 22nd, 24th, 29th and the 31st

August 2008

A damp start to the month but the team is still making progress at the watermill. 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and the 28th

September 2008

Autumn approaches and we are still working away at various projects. The 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd and the 25th

October 2008

The hillclimbing season has drawn to a close but work on the mill continues, starting on the 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and the 30th 

November 2008

The clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. The team just wraps up more warmly and keeps going adding to our watermill story.

Read what we did on the 4th & 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th and the 27th

December 2008

It gets dark early at this time of year but we still try and meet regularly, starting on the 2nd  and continuing on the 9th, 11th, 16th and the 19th

January 2009

The year started with a cold spell but the team still turns up. After a MAC social meeting on New Year's Day the work started again on the 6th and the 8th, 13th and the 15th-29th.

February 2009

The first week is influenced by snow but work goes on. Just. The 3rd & 5th are a tentative start to the month. The 10th was a better day, followed by the 12th, 17th, 19th and the 24th & 26th.

March 2009

The working month starts with wind and cold rain on the 3rd and continued on the 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th and the 31st.

April 2009

No April Fool jokes this year. We continue to add to our watermill story with work carried on on the 2nd, the 7th & 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd and the 28th & 30th.

May 2009

The merry month is upon us and the hillclimb season at Shelsley Walsh gets under way. Work takes place on the 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th and the 21st-28th

June 2009

Work on the watermill is slowing down as it nears completion but we continue to meet regularly. Read about what we did on 2nd - 11th and the 16th - 25th

July 2009

Domestic duties reduce the 

production of blogs, so there is only one entry this month for the whole of July

August 2009

Another month and we are still finding plenty of work to do, starting on the 4th & 6th then the 11th & 13th, 18th - 20th and the 25th & 27th.

September 2009

The swallows are beginning to think about flying south but we are still at the mill. Work happened on the 2nd & 4th, the 8th & 10th, 15th & 17th and the 22nd-29th

October 2009

The mornings are getting cool and the mist lies in the Teme valley but the volunteers still meet at the watermill. Read about the 1st - 13th and the 15th - 29th.

November 2009

Only one blog entry for the whole month, describing the ongoing work.

December 2009

A masterclass to start the month, with only the 8th a session before Christmas.

February 2010

The first meeting of the new year, on the 18th, brought more snow.

March 2010

The first blog of the month covers the end of February as well, followed by one covering 9th - 30th.

May 2010

Read about our Grand Opening

October 2010

Our Summer Roundup followed by Dredging the Mill Pool


Watermill in Winter, Milling Drama and Colin Baker RIP


Rats, Rain and Rot