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Weʼre raising £6,000 to Thurne Mill is coming up to its 200th birthday and is still working! Let's keep it turning!

Thurne, Norfolk
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Thurne Mill is coming up to its 200th birthday and is still working! Let's keep it turning!

Built in 1820 it has been a unique part of Norfolk’s landscape and with its accessibility and white paintwork it is the most photographed mill on the Broads.

It was saved by Bob Morse in 1949 when most mills were being destroyed for their metal and rubble after the 2nd WW. It was attacked by red algae in 2014 and a big fundraising campaign began with Beetle Drives, quizzes and special events. The ongoing cost per year to keep this fantastic piece of our heritage turning is £6,000. We do not receive any funding and all our money is raised through our Friends of Thurne Mill and those who support our events.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated here on Just Giving or at our events to help us raise funds for our 2018 work.

As a young child my family visited the Norfolk Broads every year. Getting on a boat and being out in the countryside was amazing for me. Our first stop always had to be Thurne Mill, I can still remember our journeys along the windy River Thurne when my dad said "go into the cabin and when you come out what side of the river is your mill on!". It changed every time and I was amazed…When we moved to Norfolk I befriended Bob Morse the owner of the mill, we became great friends and he became part of our family. When he sadly passed away in 2007 he left the Mill to me, its such a special thing to have but it is such a huge responsibility too. Lets please let his legacy live on.

We love to open the mill to the public and in order to do this we have to insure it at a cost of £1,000 per year, general maintenance including grass cutting and engineering costs run to £3,000 per year and repainting of the mill costs approx. £10,000 so we need to raise £2,000 per year to prepare for it.

To find out about our Thurne Mill open days and events, look us up on Facebook or visit our website

Read all about what we achieved with our 2018 crowdfunding and see the pictures on our blog:

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  • Debra Nicholson1 year ago
    Debra Nicholson

    Debra Nicholson

    1 year ago

    The mill was on BBC Countryfile's Winter Special tonight (10th Feb) and the interest has been amazing. We have had bookings for our Strawberry Walks , new Friends of Memberships and new justgiving donations. Thank you all so very much for your support.

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  • Virginia 😊

    Virginia 😊

    Feb 10, 2019

    Just seen your fantastic mill on Countryfile.Hope the mill has a great birthday party.


  • Lorraine Thorpe

    Lorraine Thorpe

    Jan 26, 2019

    thanks for making it always look nice


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