Brand New Stotfold Mill Book!


They’ll Never Do It!

But volunteers did restore Stotfold Watermill and created a Nature Reserve!

by Pamela Manfield and Trevor Radford
(Mill Volunteers)

Price £12.95*

 * An extra £5.00 will be added at checkout to cover admin and postage and packaging.

An insightful tale of how a group of volunteers keep the wheels of history turning…

The first part of the book describes the transformation of three muddy fields into an award-winning nature reserve, told mainly in the words of the people involved. It then relates how the efforts of hundreds of local people keep the Mill and Nature Reserve operating, through their work in the various teams: Archives, Education, Guides, IT, Kingfisher Shop, Major Events, Marketing, Millers Wheel, Milling and Maintenance, Small Events, Randalls Tea Room.

  • Read eyewitness accounts of the great fire of 1992.
  • Find out why locals thought John Lampit was mad.
  • Discover the secrets behind probably the first UK restoration of a French Burr stone for a hundred years   – and much, much more…

Feedback from readers…

“I bought your book “They’ll never do it!” from David’s in Letchworth yesterday. I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. It’s an immensely enjoyable read. Just wanted to say what a fantastic story you have told – it has opened my eyes to the challenge you faced in restoring a ruin to the wonderful working mill and nature reserve that exists today. And the chapters about the volunteers is a fantastic complement to the restoration story. So inspiring. I will bring my family next open weekend, and congratulate you in person. And have a coffee and cake too, of course!”

“They’ll Never Do It!” is also available from The Kingfisher Gift Shop, Cards ’n’ Crafts, Stotfold and David’s Bookshop, Letchworth.