Friends of Mostert's Mill
In South Africa one person , James Walton, has been instrumental in drawing attention to the importance of mills and other old industrial buildings and machinery. As Honorary Life President of the Vernacular Architecture Society of S.A. (VASSA) and author of the definitive book on South African mills, he emphasised the importance of Mostert's Mill.
With a fellow member, Brad Wallace-Bradley, VASSA was encouraged to form a sub-committee in 1986 to deal with the aspects of preservation, restoration and appreciation of Mostert’s Mill. Out of this sub-committee the Friends of Mostert’s Mill (FoMM) was established in 1993. James Walton and André Bakker, a master miller in Holland, became the patrons of the new society. Andre Bakker's active interest, numerous visits to the mill and his encouragement and teaching of mill lore fired the enthusism of the FoMM members. Sadly, these two Patrons of FoMM have passed on but their work and enthusiasm will endure and will not be forgotten.
Together, VASSA and FoMM campaigned for the restoration of Mostert's Mill which came about in 1995. The "Friends" envisage Mostert's Mill as a focus for visitors, young and old, local and foreign. It is a valuable resource for education and tourism. FoMM invites interested persons to join the enthusiastic team of volunteer workers and millers to operate the mill and establish a working museum.