Adam, 11, gets stuck into Narborough bone mill restoration work

River Nar Bone Mill Restoration Project at Narborough'Adam Taylor (11) working on the project ANL-151122-105105009
River Nar Bone Mill Restoration Project at Narborough'Adam Taylor (11) working on the project ANL-151122-105105009

A schoolboy is turning entrepreneur in a bid to help raise awareness of a project to restore a village’s 19th century bone mill.

Adam Taylor, 11, is selling a range of T-shirts, mouse mats and mugs to help raise awareness of the ongoing work at the site in Narborough.

Adam, who attends the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, said he got the idea for the merchandise after seeing the work of some friends of his parents, who run a printing firm.

He said: “One day I was helping them, got interested and wanted to learn more about it.”

A team of volunteers has been working at the mill site for several months, including Adam’s grandfather, Dennis Greeno.

And Adam first got involved during the school summer holidays.

He said: “After my first visit, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to go back the following week.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to go there, as I have always been curious what it looked like inside and how it used to work.

“All of the team have made me very welcome over the last few months and it’s been a great pleasure to have been included.”

Mr Greeno added: “I had to go home on my own last Saturday because he wouldn’t come home.”

His efforts have also been praised by the mill’s owners, Fred and Deborah Munford,

Mrs Munford said: “Our children go along and help us out, but they have to be eased into it sometimes. They can’t get over Adam’s enthusiasm.”

Several T-shirts were made thanks to sponsorship from the Heritage Lottery Fund, who last year provided a £92,000 grant to fund exploration and restoration of the mill, which was first built in the 1830s.

The money must be used by the end of December and around half of the mill’s brickwork has been restored so far.

The remaining funds will go towards purchasing further materials and testing of a fragment of a human skull which was found at the site.

Breckland district councillor Peter Wilkinson is also hoping to secure additional funds for the mill through the authority’s Pride in Breckland programme, which provides grants for community projects. The group is also working with staff at Swaffham’s Tesco store.

But officials say they also need more volunteers to help with the project and information about the history of the site, as there is still much that is not known about its workings.

Mr Munford said: “Anybody who know anything about it, get in touch.”

For more information on the mill, visit www.bonemill.org.uk.