The Trustees and volunteers of Bunbury Mill presented Ernest Croley with a framed painting of the mill, in recognition of his time as a founder member and Chairman of the Bunbury Watermill Trust.
Ernest has twice been instrumental in saving Bunbury Mill – once in 1970 when it was threatened with demolition, and again in 2010 when he gathered together a group of determined people to establish a charitable trust and acquire the mill to keep it open as an educational and heritage institution.
In addition to setting up the trust and negotiating the purchase of the mill, Ernest was relentless in raising funds from village organisations, business sponsors and some seventy households within Bunbury and its environs.
The fact that Bunbury Water Mill is open to the public, schools and organised groups and run entirely by volunteers is a tribute to Ernest’s vision and leadership.
Ernest has retired from the board of trustees, but is still to be found at the mill with his paintbrush in hand on Wednesday mornings, and he is organising the next social event, a musical evening on 14th March. For further information about Bunbury Mill visit www.bunburymill.com
Bunbury Mill is a grade 2 listed watermill which stands on the edge of Bunbury Village and is close to the A51 Road.
There has been a mill on the present site since at least Norman times. The present Mill was substantially rebuilt in the 1850s and much of the present equipment, including the water wheel dates from that period. The Mill continues to produce flour for demonstration purposes and local sale.