VOLUNTEERS are celebrating after being given a £643,000 grant to help restore a North Yorkshire mill to its former glory.
Howsham Mill, a Grade II listed gothic watermill on a small island on the river Derwent, near Malton, has been granted Heritage Lottery Fund cash.
The money will be used to renovate the exterior of the mill and to transform the building into a classroom and meeting place with exhibitions.
It will realise the seven-year dream of Mo MacLeod and her husband, David, who bought the mill and began fundraising after forming the Renewable Heritage Trust.
With the help of 200 local volunteers and an initial £19,500 from the lottery, they can set about bringing the ramshackle mill back to life, even installing a waterwheel with a modern hydropower system to generate electricity for the site and the National Grid.
Mrs MacLeod said: “We are absolutely delighted by the news, although I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. It has been a bit of a struggle to get to this stage.”