Can you help Ford End Watermill?


Ford End Watermill, for those not familiar with it, is a small farm mill, which has produced flour and animal feed for centuries. On Station Road, just a short distance from the centre of Ivinghoe, it is run today entirely by volunteers. The mill is fully operational and we mill at each opening to the public. Our wholemeal flour is much sought after.

Would you like to join our team of volunteers?

We would welcome volunteers who can

• help maintain the mill through the Autumn, Winter and Spring in readiness for our openings.
• help us welcome our visitors as they arrive for one of our openings each Summer – on Sundays and Bank Holidays; and/or
• guide visitors around the mill describing how we use the power of water from our millpond on the Whistle Brook to drive our waterwheel, our gears and our millstones to produce our sought-after wholemeal flour.

There are opportunities for individuals with a variety of skills. So whether your preference is to meet our visitors, to explain all about the mill to visitors or to get to grips with the mill building and its machinery – the choice is yours. We can provide you with the necessary training and we have all the relevant information about the mill – how it works, its history and how it has been restored.

We are a friendly group. All of us are committed to conserving this priceless local resource for future generations. We can provide new volunteers with the satisfaction that comes from showing how the sustainable power of water can be used to produce flour for the baking of bread.

So, if you are interested, please telephone:
John Wallis on 01296 661997;
Chris Tugby on 01442 825421; or
Stephen Booth on 01296 661745.

You can also contact us by email at

Stephen Booth, Chairman, Ford End Watermill Society

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