Volunteers needed to run historic sawmill

Just Regional
Feb 22, 2023 2 mins read

A historic site north Norfolk is looking for new volunteers to help run its water-powered sawmill and welcome visitors.
Gunton Park Sawmill, between Aylsham and Cromer, will be holding a volunteer day on March 12 to give people more information about the role.
Volunteer Russell Yeomans said: “The focus of the sawmill is to preserve and demonstrate aspects of England’s industrial heritage.
“We run the 200-year-old saw on open days and for private groups making it popular with tourists and locals alike.
“There is also a growing museum of woodland industries, building trades and other rural crafts, so we are looking for volunteers to help run and develop both the sawmill and exhibits.
“We need practical people to operate the saw, stewards to engage with the public and explain the machinery and history of the sawmill.
“We are also looking for administrative ‘Friends’. Professionals and experts to seek and apply for funding, update with the Facebook page and website and generally oversee and advise on what needs doing and chase it up. Rural crafts people and static displays are always popular so more of those for open days too.”

The March 12 volunteer day, for adults only, will run from 2pm-4pm. The sawmill gate will be open and the postcode for the site is NR11 7HL.
Anyone interested in volunteering can visit on the day or contact the site via its website – guntonparksawmill.co.uk

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