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NEWS from THE HIGH MILL

Since our appeal was launched two months ago, with the distribution of our appeal leaflet on 25th September, the steering group has made fantastic progress.

1. Two patrons with Carluke connections have joined us. Both are willing to help in any way they can and members of the steering group will be meeting them shortly. Sir Angus Grossart is chairman of and jointly founded the merchant bank, Noble Grossart Ltd in 1969. His grandfather, Thomas, was a local businessman and a prominent member of Carluke life. Sir Angus has also had many roles in civic life e.g. past chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland. Lex Gold, CBE lives in Braidwood with his wife, Eleanor who is a member of one of Carluke’s oldest family businesses. Lex is perhaps best known in the sporting world. (Why not look up their achievements on a search engine?)

2. The steering group has set up a bank account, databases for precise record keeping of donations and a policy for donations has been written.

3. There is a groundswell as people hear of our campaign. One example - The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings (Mills Section) has volunteered to include an extensive article in their January newsletter which will highlight the plight of Carluke’s mill all over Britain. The mill will also feature on their website as one of their banner campaigns to save important mills in Britain.

4. The steering group has had discussions with the Big Lottery and has been invited to submit a Stage 1 grant application. This will be done by mid-December.

5. Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Minister for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, has been kept informed throughout the campaign. Our local councillors and MSPs have met with us and pledged their support.

6. Website and Facebook sites have been created to give up-to-date information, to facilitate payments and to inform the world of our campaign.

7. Members of the team are spreading the word by giving talks to organisations in Central Scotland. Contact us if you are interested. 8. A campaign video made by a supporter can be viewed on You Tube.

9. The group had a stand at the Jam and Ham Festival and will be at the Christmas Craft Fair in St John’s Church Hall on the 6th December. We are greatly encouraged by the response from all those we have spoken to, many of whom share their memories of the mill.

10. If you buy on the internet, why not subscribe to easyfundraising.org.uk? It costs you nothing but many firms will donate a small percentage to our cause. Every little helps!

11. Donations are arriving from all over the world and from many individuals and organisations in Carluke. The total has grown to £10 000 in a few weeks.

Resources: (The video on YouTube – tells the story well)