Help us to keep the mill alive for future generations
"Sponsor a bucket"
Inevitably, major repair work becomes necessary from time to time, and here we are reliant on obtaining grants from outside bodies. Projects include fencing and paving, repointing the building, mending rotten floor joists, and repairs to the 175-year old machinery.
Substantial funding is still needed just to cover routine costs - electricity, insurance, and materials and equipment for day-to-day maintenance of the buildings, the grounds, and the machinery.
The ten-ton water wheel powers Bunbury Watermill and has 36 "buckets". They fill with water in turn and cause the wheel to rotate. Each bucket needs a sponsor which will help pay for the Mill's annual insurance - can you assist?
The minimum donation is £30.00 per year, and a list of Sponsors is displayed on the wall of the Mill, in the Visitor Centre, and (if you wish) on our web site.
A Sponsor can be on behalf of an organisation or business or an individual or family. If a family wishes to sponsor a ‘bucket’ they may like to have the name(s) of perhaps a child/children or grandchild/grandchildren displayed on the roll of Sponsors.
The family of a Sponsor (up to two adults and two children under the age of 16 years) will be entitled to free guided access to the Mill when open to the public for a period of one year.
Alternatively, If you're not able to "sponsor a bucket", you might be a volunteer or...
Perhaps you might visit the mill - everyone who pays for a guided tour is contributing to the running costs (current prices are shown on the Visit Us menu). Sales of the visitors' guide book and mill-related items in the Visitor Centre also provide a modest revenue.
To make a donation for the Mill's upkeep - contact firstname.lastname@example.org