Uist Wool Grimsay Mill on the rise

The Uist Wool Mill is starting to emerge from the land at Grimsay.
The Uist Wool Mill is starting to emerge from the land at Grimsay.

WORK is now well under-way on the new wool spinning Mill on Grimsay, North Uist, as the building begins to emerge from the peaty clay pit dug for its construction.

Uist Wool are pleased to report that the Mill’s steelworks are anticipated to go up in the next few weeks; and Project Co-ordinator Dana MacPhee said: “Once the building is complete and the machinery has been installed, an Open Day will be held in late Spring to allow the community to visit the Mill and gain an insight into the whole production process from fleece to finished yarns.”

And if people are interested in learning more about Uist Wool and the plans for the new Grimsay Mill, a Craft Taster Day is being held at the Barvas and Brue Community Centre on Saturday, March 2nd, where Dana will be on hand to talk about the project.

Dana also highlights that the next phase of the CALANAS programme – the Interim Training Placements – will start in mid April.

Expanding, she said: “This intensive six week course has been developed to coincide with the arrival and installation of the spinning machinery.

“The purpose is to provide practical work experience working alongside qualified mill engineers whilst they are setting up the machinery and getting the Mill prepared for the pilot production runs.”

Only four placements remain available and if you are interested in the course, please call 01870 602597 or email info@uistwool.co.uk for more details. The closing date for applications is Friday, March 22nd.

And in further news, Uist Wool recently received the good news that an application to the Make:IT:Happen awards for £5,000 towards the purchase of new IT equipment for the office base at Scotvein was successful.

Work is also being undertaken on a new website for the organisation, due to go live by April. But for those who love social media networks, you can sign up to the Uist Wool Facebook page now.

Dana added: “A lot of work currently under-way at Uist Wool wouldn’t be possible without the continuing support of all our funders, including LEADER Innse Gall, Awards for All, the European Social Fund and Ambition Scotland.”