Talgarth Village SOS


Talgarth

Sarah Beeny follows a passionate group of locals from Talgarth near Brecon as they spend a year trying to renovate a derelict mill and rescue their community.


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The British countryside...

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With green valleys, wild mountains, rolling farmlands and forests

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the landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful.

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Many dream of escaping to the simple country life,

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but for those who live in rural Britain,

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it's a different story.

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Traditional industries are in decline

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and across the land, local shops, pubs and farms -

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the cornerstone of country life - are closing at an alarming rate.

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It just seems that the heartbeat of our green and pleasant land

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is fast disappearing.

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This was a really vibrant shopping street

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and now we've got one pub left and that's it.

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You need to keep these places safe and secure for our children to come and enjoy.

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The one thing the countryside has going for it is the people who call it home.

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But what if locals were able to take matters into their own hands?

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What if groups of volunteers were given a load of money

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to turn their dreams into realities and put the spirit back into their communities?

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We're only going to succeed if we involve as many people from the community as possible.

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Good service. We want good service.

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With just 12 months to pull it off, putting their villages

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back on the map is not going to be easy...

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-I just know we're going to have battles every step of the way!

-Hmm.

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I have no building experience whatsoever.

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What a shambles.

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..but the results might just be spectacular.

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It's the biggest chance we've ever had to do something amazing.

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CHEERING

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Well done!

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It's a big ask, but it could work.

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Will the spirit and passion of a few locals

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be enough to transform a crumbling mill

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into a profitable tourist attraction...

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We always knew that with a bunch of amateurs managing a project

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like this, there were going to be problems.

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..or will time get the better of them?

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Not until Monday.

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Problematic.

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That is miles too high.

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The things are just slipping and slipping and slipping.

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-Stop!

-Stop!

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It's exactly what I thought it would be like.

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With a bakery business also dependant on the mill's success,

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the whole thing could just crumble...

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There's a possibility of it being a complete white elephant

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and a complete, total failure.

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You haven't got any idea of what you're selling.

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You're not really sure how the business is going to work.

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..or at best be a half-baked idea from the start.

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Are people prepared to come to Nowheresville, Nowhere

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to experience that?

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The Brecon Beacons attract millions of visitors a year.

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Nestled in its foothills is Talgarth, a sleepy market town.

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Once known as

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"the jewel of the black mountains",

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Talgarth has lost its sparkle and lives in the shadow

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of its more popular neighbours, Hay-on-Wye and Brecon.

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This street was once bustling with thriving businesses -

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a clothes shop, a barber's and a greengrocers were all open for trade.

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There's no doubt it's a beautiful town

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and there are many successful shops here,

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but if the tourists continue to just drive through

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then Talgarth will become another ghost town.

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Thankfully, there is a lifeline.

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In the centre of Talgarth is an 18th-Century mill.

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It was a busy hub, grinding corn from all the local farms,

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but the mill ground to a halt in 1946.

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It now lies derelict.

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A group of locals think the mill could be spectacular.

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Former tightrope walker, now engineer, John Whitehead

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moved to Talgarth because he's inspired by the impact a restored mill could have.

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CIRCUS MUSIC

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So, this is it.

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There'll be people sat around, enjoying beautiful food, coffee

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and down at the end of the yard, in this little door,

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there'll be this magical machinery.

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When you come to visit,

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there'll be this beautiful engine of a waterwheel,

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turning right outside this window and just there,

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the millstones will be turning and producing flour.

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Part of the plan is to use the mill flour for a cafe and bakery.

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One person keen to get involved is Fiona Gray.

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She's a local lawyer, but the bakery might prompt a career change.

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I'd like to be the Talgarth baker, or part of the Talgarth bakers.

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Fiona moved to Talgarth in 2006 with her husband, Bruce.

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It's a really nice town, but it does need a bit of a boost.

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Bruce is also a lawyer and an ex- military officer.

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He believes Talgarth can fight back.

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If we've got an opportunity to improve things here you've got to grab that.

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Thank you for all coming...

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He's chairman of a committee full of passionate locals, like John,

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all committed to saving the town.

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The timescale is very tight for this.

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Bruce knows restoring the mill will need the right balance of expertise, volunteers and planning.

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'There is a whole team of people who want the best for this town.'

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It was once known as "the jewel of the black mountains" and it will be again.

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MUSIC: "The Great Escape" film theme

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To pull it off will cost a huge amount of money.

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Operation Mill has started.

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The group have applied for a grant from The Big Lottery Fund,

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designed to regenerate rural communities.

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello! It is, yeah.

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Today, John will find out if they got lucky.

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We're all kind of hanging on the edge of our whatevers.

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Ex-circus performer John knows how to milk the tension.

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HE SCREAMS

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It's not just John who is celebrating. The community have come out in force!

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I can't believe Talgarth's actually won something for once.

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It's a tremendous idea.

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We've got the money. Let's make the most of it, I'd say.

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Shall we have a quick stunt and do a one-arm balance off the top of the roof.

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-Go on, then.

-He's doing it.

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CHEERING

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The show is officially on the road.

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You'll be able to smell bread from the wood-fired bakery from here.

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Wow! "Where's that coming from? Let's go get a coffee."

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One of the terms of the grant

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means the project must employ a full-time business manager.

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The task of co-ordinating this lively bunch is Talgarth's newest resident, Anne Hillyer,

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who's moved her family hundreds of miles from Norwich.

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One of the toughest challenges that faces us is getting

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everything done on time. We've got quite a tight timescale.

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We're determined we're going to be open by Easter next year.

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I'm really enthusiastic. I'm full of energy.

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I just want to get on with the job.

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The plan is to overhaul the river bank into riverside walks

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and get the 18th-Century watermill up and running and producing flour.

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The project is so vast they secure a further Big Lottery Fund grant

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to realise the project's full potential.

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For the mill's long-term survival they'll need more than just cash generated by ticket sales,

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so sitting next to it will be a bakery and a 50-seater cafe, with floor to ceiling glass windows.

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With over 50 years of neglect to combat and only a year to pull it off, it's hugely ambitious.

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-How are you?

-Good to see you.

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-Hello.

-This is it. Come through.

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'Bruce, Anne and fellow volunteer William can't wait to get started.'

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-This is it?

-This is it. Come on in.

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Look at this. It's just unreal.

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This is the space where it's all happening.

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The wheel bit, here in front of you.

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It's an engineering feat in itself. It's amazing that you're trying to take this on.

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-It's a big project.

-Yeah.

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This is much bigger than starting a cafe, a mill and a bakery.

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It's about the community heritage.

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-There are farmers still alive who remember dropping their corn off for grinding.

-Fantastic!

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This is going to be our cafe space.

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We're desperate to have visitors and we want to give them an experience they will enjoy.

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This would have been a hub of the village life.

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-It is the heart of the village and the aim of the project is to start it beating again.

-Yeah.

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What a great project. I'm just a bit jealous that I'm not involved in it.

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Converting the interior of the mill is only part of the picture.

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The mill's original wheel was badly damaged over time and they hope to restore it.

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They will also need to dig out the overgrown pit

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for the wheel to sit in.

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Once again, engineer John draws on his circus roots and becomes ringmaster to willing volunteers,

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who've agreed to juggle buckets for the day.

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You've co-ordinated this amazing effort?

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-Yeah, I think we have. It looks pretty well co-ordinated.

-Galvanised?

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Today we've got this great team of people from Talgarth

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and visitors from other places.

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It's almost effortless and we're getting all this soil out.

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I think this is really impressive.

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-Archaic chain of energy.

-Yeah.

-People power.

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And what made you decide to get involved with this project?

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I'm not sure, what a question.

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A moment of madness?

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Yeah. This is something about the opportunity in Talgarth with this beautiful landscape

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that was waiting for something a little bit extra to happen.

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This ticks lots of boxes, because it's about the community

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and most importantly, it's about regenerating the heart of this village,

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which is a very exciting thing to be doing.

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A lot of the work will be carried out by volunteers from the community,

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all chipping in their time and muscle for free.

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Thank you, that's a really great day's work. Well done!

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ALL CHEER

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People are coming forward to get their hands dirty for Operation Mill.

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Fiona, along with three other local mums - Wendy, Steph and Kate -

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have agreed to take on the challenge of creating the mill bakery.

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'It's a challenge and I'm looking for a different direction.'

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Lawyers are not the best loved in the world!

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And it's just something completely different.

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I've got more experience of baking than any of the others.

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I wouldn't consider myself a professional baker yet.

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There's quite a way to go, in terms of expertise,

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but I'm sure that can be achieved.

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I haven't run a business before.

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I've always wanted to, so it's worth a punt,

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because if it comes off it'll be fantastic.

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ALL LAUGH

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Their first priority is polishing their skills.

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Hello, hi, I'm Sarah. Nice to meet you.

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-Hello, come in and see what we're doing.

-Thank you.

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-What are you making here?

-We're making Fougasse,

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which is traditionally made in the shape of a ladder or a tree.

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We thought, "Why don't we do one in a round mill wheel shape?"

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This one is Caerphilly, leek and walnut!

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That is absolutely delicious.

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It's got to be something with ingredients that we can get locally,

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because that's another important thing for us

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and something that says about Wales.

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I'm going to be chief tester, I've decided.

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-That's very nice.

-Really good.

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To find out if Talgarth has an appetite for their millwheel Fougasse,

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the group are road testing it at the town's annual festival.

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Fiona's been up since the crack of dawn, making her contribution.

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Her first critic is husband, Bruce.

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Ha-ha! What's happened there?

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They do look a bit drunk. It's probably because the yeast's still been working.

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For anyone wanting Artisan bread in Talgarth, they have to travel five miles to a neighbouring town.

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I think it'll be interesting to see what the public think of it

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and whether they're willing to pay for it.

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-Fantastic!

-See you later.

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-Bye.

-Bye.

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As amateur bakers, they want to be sure there's a market, before they commit to running the bakery.

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-They've gone wonky-donkey.

-Oh, they're lovely.

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-They're like '40s jaunty hats.

-They are!

-Also they look very hand made.

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ALL LAUGH

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With over 1,600 people in the community, there's potentially a huge customer base.

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ANNOUNCER: Welcome to the 2010 festival.

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Whilst juggling kids and jobs, the ladies have been baking samples to do some tasty market research.

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This is a sour dough rye bread.

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-The bread is brilliant!

-Just one left.

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I'm not too keen on that one.

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-It's delicious.

-It's not everyone's cup of tea.

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-What do you think of that one?

-The rye loaf, that was the nicest.

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We would cycle over the hill and buy some. Regularly.

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We've taken a lot of responses today.

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-428 people tasted the bread.

-Wow!

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That's more than I thought they would be. That's really good.

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And only around 60 disliked some of it.

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With a majority of people saying they'd buy their bread,

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the baking team have every reason to feel encouraged.

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It couldn't have gone any better, really.

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Things like this does help us to see why we're doing it

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and what it could lead to.

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It's a real excitement and buzz and that's what we're looking to create.

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It really is a peep into the future today.

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The future for the mill isn't far away.

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they plan to open in May for National Mills weekend in just eight months' time.

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In Talgarth's heyday, wheat from all the local farms was ground at the mill.

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Their plan to once again grind flour using the power of water

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is a massive undertaking.

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The masterplan for getting it to work and landscaping the exterior is John's.

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The first job is shifting over 100 tonnes of soil.

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I really love digging, you know.

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I can do a lot of design work,

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but when you're digging, you get ideas of how to work with the space.

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It is enjoyable, for sure.

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Not fun! I hate digging.

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Part of John's team is Saul Nicholas, a stone mason

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who's has recently moved to Talgarth to lend a hand.

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He's agreed to take a huge pay cut to do the work

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and will earn just £100 a week.

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Saul's reasons for joining the project are inspired

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as much by the past as they are about the future.

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Good boy.

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What got me into restoration in the first place

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was finding the thumbprints of a dead mason inside his wall.

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That sort of thing brings it home to you

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how long these buildings are going to be around for.

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I've left my thumbprints all over the place,

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you know, especially in the mortar.

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We all have. We've touched a building, so our mark's in it.

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I just thought it was an amazing project -

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something I won't have much of a chance to do again.

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There aren't too many waterwheels in existence.

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I really hope Talgarth, as a town, loves it

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and takes it into themselves as part of their town.

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It's a beguiling little place.

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It's in a terrific part of the country.

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Just waiting for that wheel to go around is amazing.

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When it does go round it'll be an event-and-a-half, I'm sure.

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Staying with Saul is another crucial member of the build team.

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Gordon goes everywhere with me.

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He looks after me on sites.

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I know he's not health and safety certified,

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but I can't leave him home.

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Saul, John and Gordon have a vital job, getting water to the wheel.

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The water needed to drive the wheel must be diverted from the river

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into a 90-metre-long channel, known as a leet.

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To grind flour, the mill needs a steady stream of water,

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so the role of the leet is absolutely critical.

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Another critical part of the mill, its internal wheel, has arrived.

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Operation Mill is in full swing.

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Once again, the community troops have come out to lend a hand.

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The wheel team - Tim Martin and local blacksmith, Dave Perks -

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will be responsible for installing the internal wheel.

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I feel privileged that I'm getting the opportunity to work on the mill.

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The fact that it's local means a lot to me.

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A bit more.

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'If you're a craftsman you get a feeling that the old men that built this mill'

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are looking over your shoulder and nodding grudging approval

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if you've done a good job.

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Oh, he's not made a bad job of that. They never give you too much praise.

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HE LAUGHS

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Given its size, it isn't something you can carry in through the front door.

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It doesn't get better than this!

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This is what it's all about.

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I'm just worried about it slipping.

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Hang onto it there.

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That's really a magical moment to get this up here.

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It's great. It's starting to see something.

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Once in place, this half-tonne cast-iron wheel sits inside the mill

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and will eventually drive the gears that turn the mill stones.

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With the National Mills weekend deadline only seven months away,

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the team are one step closer to producing flour for their bakery.

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I don't think I want to change my day job now.

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There's nothing like seeing a wheel in place.

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Even better to see it turning.

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Well done, everyone. Very good job, well done.

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-Is it the right way round?

-It is the right way round?!

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The baking team were always committed to running the mill bakery as a business.

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Since then they've also been offered an opportunity to run the mill's cafe.

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At the end of the day someone, or two people, are going to be in that cafe.

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-I imagine...

-That's the difficulty, I've never run a cafe before.

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You do have to have faith people will come.

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It became apparent to us that it made more sense for the baking group

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to be involved in the cafe as well.

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Wendy's run a cafe before.

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I frequent quite a lot, so I'm hoping that we can feed into lots of experience and things like that

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and take it forward.

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I hope I'm not going to be a complete idiot when it comes to running a cafe.

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Whilst it makes perfect sense for the bakery group to take over the cafe,

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the reality is that they've now two business to set up and run.

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Most of them have jobs, they're all mums and they have very little catering experience between them.

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Whilst I'd really love them to pull it off,

0:22:430:22:46

with so much on their plates, I wonder if they've bitten off more than they can chew.

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The same could be said of the build project.

0:22:540:22:57

As autumn turns to winter it's more crucial than ever

0:22:570:23:00

that each aspect of the mill's transformation remains on schedule.

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It's five months till opening.

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The wheel and the leat need to be connected

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and the wheel turning by the middle of December.

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It will then take three months to build

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and fine-tune the inner workings of the machinery

0:23:220:23:24

so that everything can be ready for opening.

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But, there's a problem.

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The big freeze came earlier than expected -

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the worst possible weather conditions

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when you're hoping to lay tonnes of concrete.

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I mean, there's a layer of ice underneath the mud.

0:23:480:23:51

But, there's a plan, albeit a strange one.

0:23:510:23:54

We are about to try and set fire to the earth

0:23:540:23:57

because the world's gone very cold.

0:23:570:24:00

The concrete plants have shut down, but this morning

0:24:000:24:04

we've got word that they might start to mix concrete again.

0:24:040:24:08

We're kind of getting ready.

0:24:080:24:10

Personally, I think it's completely nuts,

0:24:100:24:13

but Sal's passion and determination to get this concrete pad down

0:24:130:24:18

has made me go, "What the hell, let's do it."

0:24:180:24:21

There's a good reason why John's so fired up about the leat.

0:24:210:24:25

Fairly soon, this will be a beautiful, smooth,

0:24:250:24:28

concrete leat with water flowing down it.

0:24:280:24:30

Obviously, this whole thing isn't going to work without water going on there.

0:24:300:24:35

Unless we do get to that point the wheel isn't going to turn

0:24:350:24:39

and the old project is going to get delayed,

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and we really don't want that to happen.

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Everything hinges on the delivery of the concrete.

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Fingers go kind of numb quite quickly, don't they?

0:24:470:24:50

Hiya, it's John, down at Talgarth.

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We're wondering how you're doing this morning.

0:24:550:24:57

Minus nine, same here, really, if not a little bit colder.

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We're a bit higher up.

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Not until Monday. Right.

0:25:020:25:06

Problematic.

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OK, all right.

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Yeah, and to you.

0:25:080:25:10

I take it that's a no, then?

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That's a no. they're not doing it, they were minus nine.

0:25:130:25:16

It's going to get finished, it's definitely going to get finished,

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because it's too important not to.

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So, hey-ho.

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Five days and a few degrees later...

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We rang up a concrete plant this morning

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and they're actually producing concrete for the first time

0:25:400:25:43

in about a week or so, which is brilliant news.

0:25:430:25:45

Finally, Saul gets to light his fires

0:25:450:25:48

to make sure the ground is absolutely frost-free.

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Yeah, there's certainly a lot of heat in the ground.

0:25:500:25:53

The walls are smoking, the ground's steaming.

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There's no sign of any ice up there now, happy with it.

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Here we go!

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We need to get concrete down before it goes off,

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and there's a lot of it.

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And we have to get it all level, too, but they start charging us.

0:26:240:26:27

We've got half an hour to unload, then we're paying serious money after that.

0:26:270:26:32

It helps keep you warm.

0:26:350:26:37

One more here, and then we're on to that next section.

0:26:400:26:43

To be here now and it falling out, we're going to make it,

0:26:430:26:47

we're going to get it all down.

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The leat will be ready to flow.

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When things come right, it just makes it worthwhile.

0:26:510:26:54

All that struggle was worth it now.

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-Right, cup-of-tea time.

-Cup of tea.

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Four lorries, over 60 tons of concrete, and hundreds of cups of tea later,

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Talgarth's water wheel is one step closer to turning.

0:27:030:27:07

Now we need a spirit level.

0:27:130:27:15

Can we borrowed the long spirit level, please, Daniel?

0:27:150:27:18

With the leat complete,

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The wheel team can crack on with its construction.

0:27:200:27:25

Chairman Bruce has swapped his court wig for a hard hat.

0:27:260:27:30

The project team have missed their deadline of getting

0:27:300:27:34

the wheel turning before Christmas.

0:27:340:27:36

Hi there.

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Bruce is now worried about the fast-approaching opening

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in just four months' time.

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It's January 13th now.

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The initial time for the wheel to turn was December 14th.

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We then hoped it would be turning January 15th,

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so that will give you a true sense of things just slipping and slipping and slipping.

0:27:520:27:56

The idea of the project not working and not coming together,

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as chair of the group, you do feel responsibility.

0:28:000:28:05

When you live in Wales, there's the old cliche about people being known

0:28:050:28:09

the things they're associated with, 'Dai the Bread', 'Bill the Whatever'.

0:28:090:28:14

And I just have this fear that

0:28:140:28:16

I'm going to be known as 'Bruce the Mill' because it all goes horribly wrong at some point.

0:28:160:28:21

It looks like Bruce's reputation may be intact.

0:28:230:28:26

It's the beginning of February and just three feet of earth

0:28:280:28:31

stands between the river and its journey to the wheel.

0:28:310:28:35

Least favourite job is digging.

0:28:350:28:38

And this job's all digging.

0:28:380:28:41

-Want a go, Ben?

-Yeah.

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This is the first time water has gone down here to the mill for 50 years.

0:28:440:28:48

But before that, there's always been mills on this river,

0:28:480:28:51

so this river, it wants to come this way.

0:28:510:28:55

It wants to work, so we're going to put it to work.

0:28:550:28:59

Gravity will assist, and that's it, really.

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Just got to dig this out, it's done.

0:29:040:29:07

Today's the first day the work of the leat team

0:29:070:29:09

and the wheel team will come together.

0:29:090:29:11

There's not many people living who will have seen the wheel running

0:29:110:29:15

It's taken fighting our way through snow

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and ice and having to set fires on the ground just so we can

0:29:180:29:20

get the ice melted and put the base down.

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You look at it and you think, maybe, "it's not very much, is it?"

0:29:250:29:29

But it's been a big journey, and in terms of the leat,

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this is pretty well the last few moments.

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That journey's kind of done.

0:29:350:29:38

Whoo-hoo!

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Here comes the water!

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And the other end of the site, an apprehensive wheel team are waiting.

0:29:410:29:46

A certain amount of trepidation, actually,

0:29:460:29:49

because, we sort of feel it's our wheel,

0:29:490:29:52

and we don't want to let something else have influence over it.

0:29:520:29:57

Because it's a she now, and we're very protected for her.

0:29:570:30:01

We're ready.

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-This is it.

-Are you ready? Yeah, let's open it.

0:30:040:30:09

Fantastic!

0:30:120:30:14

Any leaks, any leaks?

0:30:160:30:17

Let's go down there, see what's happening.

0:30:170:30:21

Well, I can hear it coming.

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The water's coming down now.

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I'm thinking, "Did I do all those 156 bolts?"

0:30:320:30:35

Which, um, I think I did.

0:30:350:30:39

We've got a wheel going now.

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Fantastic!

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CHEERING AND CLAPPING

0:30:480:30:50

We've got the water feature.

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Just incredible.

0:31:040:31:07

I just want to tell everybody about it.

0:31:070:31:10

I didn't think we'd be here today.

0:31:100:31:14

So, yeah, there's still work to be done, but it's a great relief.

0:31:140:31:18

The big day has finally come for Saul,

0:31:210:31:23

and it's everything he hoped it would be.

0:31:230:31:26

I am relieved, I'm very, very relieved.

0:31:260:31:29

Everything works, nothing leaks, nothing washed away. Brilliant.

0:31:290:31:34

I must admit, I don't get emotional very often,

0:31:360:31:39

but it's been a long time coming.

0:31:390:31:41

It's been a long slog.

0:31:450:31:47

To see that happening, that's amazing,

0:31:470:31:51

it's exactly what I thought it would be like.

0:31:510:31:54

I'm going to be excited on my own.

0:31:540:31:56

The long-term survival of the mill absolutely hinges

0:32:000:32:04

on a successful cafe and bakery.

0:32:040:32:08

Being complete novices at running a cafe,

0:32:090:32:12

the baking team have called for expert help.

0:32:120:32:15

Bill Sewell has been in the cafe business for 20 years.

0:32:150:32:20

The cliched things about cafes is more cafes go bust

0:32:200:32:23

than any other business, so it's not an easy business to make a living in.

0:32:230:32:28

-It's lunchtime...

-Would you like everything?

-Yes.

0:32:280:32:30

..and today Bill's got some work experience staff on duty.

0:32:300:32:34

Now, that's a pepper!

0:32:340:32:36

I think I'm cutting him to about the right size.

0:32:360:32:40

SHE SNORTS

0:32:400:32:42

Yes! Thank you very much.

0:32:430:32:46

They need to think that it starts today.

0:32:460:32:49

They need to be thinking of it in that way,

0:32:490:32:51

arranging their lives in a way that that is realistic.

0:32:510:32:55

And they need to use that time as best they possibly can.

0:32:550:32:59

No respectable cafe can survive without serving a decent coffee.

0:32:590:33:03

Coffee is all about minding about the detail.

0:33:030:33:06

I shove it back up, I take my hand away,

0:33:060:33:09

I count one, two, three, then I quickly turn it off,

0:33:090:33:12

and that will get it to precisely 147 degrees Fahrenheit.

0:33:120:33:16

Believe that, you'll believe anything.

0:33:160:33:19

One took three, and quick off.

0:33:190:33:21

Off quickly.

0:33:210:33:23

Not too bad.

0:33:230:33:25

It seems that learning the dark art of cappuccino making

0:33:250:33:28

isn't as easy as it looks.

0:33:280:33:30

One, two, three, off.

0:33:300:33:34

That's great.

0:33:340:33:36

The reason it's great is that it's good to see absolutely

0:33:360:33:39

what you are not wanting to end up with.

0:33:390:33:43

I think we've learnt loads today.

0:33:430:33:46

It's been so great seeing how the kitchen works, how everyone

0:33:460:33:49

has their jobs and they know exactly what they're doing.

0:33:490:33:52

I've got this much to learn, which is fine,

0:33:520:33:54

but in such a short time, which is the difficult part of it.

0:33:540:33:58

At the moment, it's just a really alien environment, really.

0:33:580:34:02

It's shocking, from that point of view.

0:34:020:34:05

It's fine, we'll be fine.

0:34:050:34:08

After a full day at work,

0:34:150:34:18

Fiona's starting to understand the reality of running her own cafe.

0:34:180:34:21

-Can I do what?

-Can you sort out these?

-Of course I can.

0:34:210:34:24

I think about failure a lot.

0:34:240:34:27

I'm getting out of my comfort zone,

0:34:270:34:29

which I've been in for the last 20 years,

0:34:290:34:32

and we are going into something where it's us,

0:34:320:34:34

and we're going to be the ones that have to produce the money.

0:34:340:34:39

It's potentially going to keep you up all night,

0:34:390:34:43

and make you really, really worried,

0:34:430:34:45

because at the end of the day it's our lives, our children

0:34:450:34:49

the lives of her community, and if it fails that would be dreadful.

0:34:490:34:53

It's scary.

0:34:530:34:54

Failing would be scary.

0:34:540:34:57

Keen for more of Bill's input, they have invited him to their cafe

0:35:000:35:04

despite builder's tea being the only thing on offer.

0:35:040:35:08

OK, are you going to give me a...

0:35:080:35:11

This will be the kind of nice yard, so this will be a focus.

0:35:110:35:15

And then the cafe stretching along the river.

0:35:150:35:19

-Blimey, it's big, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:35:190:35:23

Along the river is this wall of windows.

0:35:230:35:28

Goodness!

0:35:280:35:30

That's going to be lovely.

0:35:300:35:33

The usual thing is ten square feet to a person.

0:35:330:35:39

And is that including the table, or is that...

0:35:390:35:41

That's including the tables and chairs.

0:35:410:35:44

And the only question is, are you going to get enough people here?

0:35:440:35:47

Well, the whole idea is that by renovating the mill and having

0:35:470:35:51

that as a working flour mill, that becomes a visitor attraction.

0:35:510:35:56

I can absolutely imagine it,

0:35:560:35:58

it just feels like it's a long way to go.

0:35:580:36:00

I think it's incredibly exciting, and I think there's possibilities.

0:36:000:36:04

I think there's also the possibility of it being

0:36:040:36:06

a complete white elephant and a complete, total failure.

0:36:060:36:10

Are the group here going to offer fantastic food, at a sensible price,

0:36:110:36:16

in an efficient way, in what could be an absolutely cracking location?

0:36:160:36:23

And are people prepared to come to Nowheresville, Nowhere, to experience that?

0:36:230:36:30

Actually, I'm going to get killed by somebody.

0:36:310:36:36

Despite Bill's doubts, there are two locals who are convinced

0:36:400:36:43

that a working mill will draw people to Nowheresville.

0:36:430:36:46

Bruce and Dave are so taken with the mill that they've given up

0:36:470:36:51

their weekend and volunteered to learn the specialised art of milling.

0:36:510:36:57

The idea is, by sending three or four of us

0:36:570:37:00

on this course, we'll be able to help train everybody else.

0:37:000:37:04

There are some big gaps in my knowledge, so really

0:37:040:37:07

I'm looking forward to learning quite a lot of this weekend.

0:37:070:37:10

We lose sight of the fact that this is what we're working to achieve,

0:37:100:37:13

so today is really inspiring, because it gives a sense of what it's going to be like when we're finished.

0:37:130:37:18

I've started talking about the wheel,

0:37:180:37:20

now that she runs, as a female.

0:37:200:37:22

The sort of thing men fall in love with.

0:37:220:37:25

And I've got a feeling this is slowly happening to me.

0:37:250:37:29

I want to stay involved with her.

0:37:290:37:31

They're at Charlecote Mill in Warwickshire.

0:37:310:37:35

It seems the hard men of Talgarth have soft centres.

0:37:350:37:39

It's like having your first car and needing to get under the bonnet and adjust all the bits and pieces.

0:37:410:37:46

This is the engineering bit that goes with the milling.

0:37:580:38:02

I wouldn't suggest we mix the oil with the flour,

0:38:020:38:05

but I'm really looking forward to getting back

0:38:050:38:07

and then getting on to the grinding of the flower.

0:38:070:38:11

I think it's fascinating, just the whole package.

0:38:110:38:14

The machinery starts to turn, and the whole mill suddenly comes alive.

0:38:140:38:20

It is that magical moment. It's fantastic.

0:38:200:38:23

And there's something that sort of touches the soul.

0:38:230:38:26

It makes you realise just how ignorant you are in some respects.

0:38:260:38:29

Yes. It certainly does me!

0:38:290:38:31

It's that old expression we now know how much we don't know.

0:38:310:38:34

Exactly, exactly.

0:38:340:38:36

It's early March, just two months until opening.

0:38:420:38:46

The leat is complete and the riverside walks are starting to take shape.

0:38:460:38:52

Much of the focus is now on the mill's 750-piece mechanical jigsaw.

0:38:520:38:58

That is miles too high.

0:38:580:39:01

The last time I visited, the mill was derelict.

0:39:020:39:06

Hello, how are you?

0:39:060:39:08

-Good to see you.

-Good to see you again.

0:39:080:39:11

Oh, my goodness, look at that!

0:39:110:39:13

-Isn't that wonderful?

-It's great to hear you say that.

0:39:130:39:16

Just the look on your face is a good thing to see.

0:39:160:39:18

There's something kind of amazing about it, magical at the same time.

0:39:180:39:23

Now I know it's here,

0:39:230:39:24

if I'm anywhere in this area I am definitely going to come

0:39:240:39:28

and see this, and I'd bring my kids to come and see this.

0:39:280:39:31

I suppose the key is, making sure everyone knows how amazing it is.

0:39:310:39:34

Yeah, the tourist network around here is so good that

0:39:340:39:37

when people come to visit this area, they do tend to

0:39:370:39:41

go from one town to the next town to the next town.

0:39:410:39:45

Even with a thriving tourist trail on the doorstep, I really

0:39:450:39:48

think it's the cafe that needs to be the jewel in their crown.

0:39:480:39:53

This is wonderful, this space.

0:39:540:39:57

I've been really worried about how much money we're going to make and whether it is sustainable.

0:39:570:40:01

But this space makes me relax a little bit,

0:40:010:40:03

because the thought of sitting here by the river with those

0:40:030:40:07

windows open, I think, will sell it.

0:40:070:40:09

Yeah. I think the potential of this is fantastic.

0:40:090:40:13

You're sort of relatively confident that you'll be

0:40:130:40:17

sipping tea in here in eight weeks' time?

0:40:170:40:20

Well, I wasn't four weeks ago, but, having seen what's happened

0:40:200:40:24

in the last four weeks, I think quite a lot could be done in eight weeks.

0:40:240:40:28

-It's coming together.

-It is coming together, really fast.

0:40:280:40:32

Perhaps not fast enough for eight weeks, but it's going to be a great space.

0:40:320:40:36

Not having the cafe up and running for the opening

0:40:360:40:39

and, more crucially, the start of the tourist season, is a huge blow.

0:40:390:40:43

If ever the project needed a reality check, it's now.

0:40:460:40:50

Basically, you're trying to launch in eight weeks' time.

0:40:500:40:53

-Mm-hmm.

-Yeah.

0:40:530:40:55

Yeah?

0:40:550:40:56

That's the aim, isn't it?

0:40:560:40:57

You're meant to say, "Yeah, that's right, absolutely!"

0:40:570:41:02

It's a really ambitious timetable,

0:41:020:41:04

but we're going to give it our best shot.

0:41:040:41:06

Have you got an idea of what food you're making?

0:41:060:41:11

-It's got to be bread-led.

-Yeah.

0:41:110:41:16

The food that we serve will be baked on the premises.

0:41:160:41:17

-Are you planning on making a profit?

-Yes.

0:41:170:41:21

It might break even to start with, I should think,

0:41:210:41:24

and a certain percentage towards the mill.

0:41:240:41:26

-OK, and then are you expecting a salary on top of that?

-Yep.

-Yeah.

0:41:260:41:31

The business plan provides for salaries out of minimum wage.

0:41:310:41:36

Cos normally when you start a business,

0:41:360:41:38

you'd probably expect to not have a salary for the first year or so.

0:41:380:41:42

We've done a lot so far, helping to set things up.

0:41:420:41:45

But there's a limit to how long you will do that.

0:41:450:41:48

But you haven't got any idea what you're going to sell, you're

0:41:480:41:51

not really sure how the business will work, or whether you've got

0:41:510:41:53

a salary, or even what share you've got, and you open in eight weeks.

0:41:530:41:56

That's not enough time. It's clearly not enough time.

0:41:560:41:59

It'll be easier when the building work's finished

0:41:590:42:01

and you've got a building to move forward with.

0:42:010:42:03

People will believe it's going to happen.

0:42:030:42:05

At the moment, really, it's just one almighty building project, isn't it?

0:42:050:42:09

Nothing's actually happened in terms of a business.

0:42:090:42:12

In fact, that's probably the problem...

0:42:120:42:15

nothing has happened in terms of a business!

0:42:150:42:19

With only two months to go before they're due to open,

0:42:190:42:22

the team still have a very long way to go.

0:42:220:42:25

Everyone in the community has given so much,

0:42:250:42:28

but it is going to take one final push.

0:42:280:42:31

I just hope that collectively there's enough gas

0:42:310:42:34

left in the tank to get them over the finishing line.

0:42:340:42:39

Dan, can you lower it a bit?

0:42:440:42:47

We're about to start lifting the millstones into the building.

0:42:490:42:52

For the first time in 60-odd years there will be

0:42:520:42:54

a millstone in there.

0:42:540:42:55

The final pieces of the mill's complex workings are being

0:42:550:42:58

assembled.

0:42:580:43:00

Every little bit, you're gradually building it up brick by brick

0:43:000:43:03

and beam by beam, you know.

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And it's a step closer to ultimately seeing flour coming

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out into the sacks.

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John and Saul are continuing work on the riverside walks

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at the back of the mill.

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So we've got the beautiful river, people will be able to come into

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this previously private space and a little distance down there, they'll

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encounter this fully renovated water wheel, just turning around.

0:43:260:43:31

That's really good. We could have an option of ham, or local cheeses.

0:43:310:43:36

The baking team are finally nailing down a menu,

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sourcing suppliers, and even thinking about their interiors.

0:43:390:43:46

-Chapel green.

-Oh, I like chapel green.

-I like that, yeah.

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Now, does this suit us?

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The ladies have done all they can to be prepared for opening.

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But it's looking like the cafe is a long way off.

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With the mill's advertised opening only four days away,

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I've come to see just how ready they are.

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-Are you going to be ready?

-No!

-Oh.

0:44:170:44:22

Yeah, we are going to be ready.

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There's definitely bits that will be ready,

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and there's a big question mark over other bits.

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The mill will be finished and you'll be able to see the milling.

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And out here, you know, will be

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at a reasonable state to allow people out the back.

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But the cafe won't be finished.

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How disappointing is that?

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Because you had this date, from the beginning,

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that you were going to hit.

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And you're not going to actually hit it, are you?

0:44:450:44:48

No, I mean, it is disappointing, of course it's disappointing.

0:44:480:44:52

However, there are massive,

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massive construction projects that are not finished on time.

0:44:550:44:59

We always knew that with a bunch of amateurs managing

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a project like this, there would be problems.

0:45:010:45:03

It's not like we've got time to completely finish the building

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and then do our staff training nice and slowly, test it out,

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experiment a little bit.

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And you're going to go ahead anyway, with opening in four days?

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Even though it's not finished?

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We kind of owe it to ourselves,

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for people to see how far we have had to come.

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In four days' time, this place will be open to the public

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and milling flour for the first time since 1946.

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But it's far from finished, and opening without the riverside

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walks, the cafe or the bakery is a risky strategy.

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Word of mouth is critical to its success, and any negative

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thoughts will be very difficult for this business to recover from.

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In a few days' time, 450 mills all over the country will

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open their doors to the public for National Mills Weekend.

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It's an annual event

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and the pressure is on to get the new mill on the block ready.

0:45:570:46:01

Most other mills will have a cafe that can cash in on

0:46:010:46:03

the extra footfall, but sadly, not Talgarth's.

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Fortunately, the baking team aren't taking it lying down.

0:46:140:46:18

They've invited me to the local woods to gather

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ingredients for their contingency plan.

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-Have you got five? Cos if you have, you have to put some back.

-OK.

0:46:240:46:28

Ooh, that smell. Strong.

0:46:280:46:30

-Yeah, on your fingers.

-Never going to get a snog tonight!

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So you've accepted that Saturday is not going to be

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the open day for the cafe?

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We don't want to waste that opportunity, even though we're

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not open, to get more word out about us and that we will be opening soon.

0:46:450:46:51

So we're going to be making some cakes, and bread-based buns,

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and some fougasse bread with wild garlic, Parmesan for people to eat,

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sort of walking around.

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You know what, I think you are making the best of bad luck,

0:47:030:47:06

and I think you're doing really well.

0:47:060:47:08

It's another opportunity for us to make sure we've got

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everything right in our business plan.

0:47:100:47:12

When we do these cakes, have we got them priced right, things like that.

0:47:120:47:15

So it's a really... It's a positive.

0:47:150:47:18

For a long time, Talgarth has been overlooked and unvisited.

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Today, all that could be about to change.

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It's the 14th of May, and the start of National Mills Weekend.

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We're opening the doors in an hour.

0:47:340:47:37

Despite the pressure, Dave is as calm as ever.

0:47:370:47:40

Oh, it's just another day, in't it? Another day, another new mill.

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12 months ago, this site was derelict, overgrown and neglected.

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It could have stayed in ruins, but the passion of a group

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of local people and utter determination has paid off.

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The engineering heart of the mill is now up and running.

0:48:030:48:07

Having shifted over 100 tonnes of soil

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and placed 15,000 stones with care and love, the overgrown riverbank

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now hosts beautiful landscape walks for visitors and locals to enjoy.

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No matter how impressive the transformation is,

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the big test is if it will attract tourists.

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Someone's on the way whose opinion could make or break

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the mill's position on the tourist trail.

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The classic thing they say you need is a loo, a brew,

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and a view. So I'll be hoping that they've got all those things in place

0:48:400:48:46

so that people get what they want when they come to visit the mill.

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Richard Tyler is from the tourist board

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of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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If he's not impressed,

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they could miss out on getting crucial free publicity.

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Despite their inexperience, the team are hoping their pop-up cafe

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will keep Richard and the visitors happy.

0:49:100:49:13

Half of it is not open, but, you know.

0:49:130:49:18

We're saving a few special bits for later.

0:49:180:49:20

Actually, this is an auspicious day. It's an historic moment.

0:49:200:49:24

The wheel is turning publicly for the first time in 65 years.

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We'll be grinding flour for the first time,

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and it all comes together in this one day.

0:49:310:49:36

Good morning and welcome to everybody, welcome to Talgarth Mill.

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This building itself has been here since the 18th century.

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It last milled in 1946.

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Having lain dormant for over half a century, it is

0:49:490:49:54

time for the heart of the mill to start beating again.

0:49:540:49:58

This is opening the sluice gate to let the wheel operate. Bit more.

0:49:580:50:02

It's a historic moment.

0:50:040:50:05

I was very emotional to see it go in.

0:50:130:50:14

I think it'll be a good thing,

0:50:140:50:16

and hopefully a lot of people come and see it.

0:50:160:50:19

Fantastic, and it's a community project,

0:50:210:50:23

and look what people have done!

0:50:230:50:26

-Very exciting really, isn't it? Feels quite inspiring.

-Yeah.

0:50:260:50:30

And we've volunteered now, we're going to be involved,

0:50:300:50:32

because we're so taken by it.

0:50:320:50:34

-The buzz in the mill hasn't gone unnoticed.

-Haven't they done well?

0:50:360:50:40

It really is superb.

0:50:400:50:42

There is no doubt that the mill is going to be firmly on

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the tourist map.

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They will have to get the cafe going, and really, as soon as possible.

0:50:460:50:51

But as an attraction for people to enjoy,

0:50:510:50:53

it's going to be a great success.

0:50:530:50:56

And the baking ladies are getting all the signs that their cafe

0:50:560:51:00

could just work.

0:51:000:51:02

That's £3.50, please.

0:51:020:51:04

They're mildly cool cakes now,

0:51:040:51:06

but yeah, they're going like hot cakes!

0:51:060:51:09

The wheel team have one last play with their toy, and soon,

0:51:090:51:15

Talgarth mill is producing useable flour.

0:51:150:51:19

-Look at this, look at this!

-Is that the very first?

-That's lovely!

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Do you want to try some? It's the first bit we put through a sieve.

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Fire up the oven, then. It's not here, is it?!

0:51:280:51:31

Well, we've had a first day's milling and it's come out great.

0:51:330:51:37

It was such a relief when we had Richard from the tourist board come

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today from Brecon Beacons National Park and say that it was good.

0:51:400:51:45

That's the first endorsement we've had.

0:51:450:51:47

-The day may be winding down...

-Shutting up shop for the day, yes.

0:51:470:51:52

But there's one thing that just keeps blooming!

0:51:520:51:55

I'm really in love with this now.

0:51:550:51:58

I'll be here all day, just the sound of it!

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I'm completely besotted.

0:52:060:52:07

At least if I'm messing with old machinery, the wife knows where I am!

0:52:070:52:12

With the Brecon Beacons soon to be heaving with tourists,

0:52:260:52:29

never has it been more important to get the mill's cafe open.

0:52:290:52:33

Then you've got it there, and you've got it there,

0:52:330:52:36

and if you had it behind...

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The old mill workshop has been transformed into a beautiful

0:53:030:53:06

cafe, which is now ready for customers.

0:53:060:53:10

To launch the cafe and get to grips with serving,

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the baking team have prepared a special afternoon tea.

0:53:170:53:22

Do you want to do coffee?

0:53:230:53:24

There's no turning back now for any of them.

0:53:240:53:27

-Are you happy with the coffee machine?

-No!

-Right.

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Would you like to order coffee or tea?

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Not only is it a full house,

0:53:350:53:38

but the customers are loving Talgarth's brand new cafe.

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The cakes are delicious, I think it's absolutely marvellous.

0:53:410:53:45

They're all really nice.

0:53:450:53:47

This is absolutely beautiful, opened up onto the river.

0:53:470:53:51

The closest for us would be Hay, if you want anything like this.

0:53:510:53:55

You know, Talgarth has got a lot to offer

0:53:550:53:57

and I think this has just made it more special.

0:53:570:53:59

-A not-so-secret diner has arrived to surprise the ladies.

-Wow!

0:54:000:54:06

Does Sir want a double shot?

0:54:070:54:09

Bill had serious doubts about the cafe's prospects,

0:54:090:54:13

but the inexperienced cafe team appear to have pulled it off.

0:54:130:54:18

Given the situation that they're in, that they've just barely,

0:54:200:54:23

barely opened, ten-and-a-half, I'd say.

0:54:230:54:26

Yeah, pretty good.

0:54:260:54:27

The food and drink is lovely, the coffee was beautiful.

0:54:270:54:32

If you were on holiday and you wanted to sit

0:54:320:54:34

and read the paper and have a coffee and a brownie...

0:54:340:54:37

what a lovely place to find!

0:54:370:54:39

So yeah, I think it's fantastic, love it.

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With their first day's trading drawing to a close,

0:54:440:54:47

the baking team have made their dream a reality.

0:54:470:54:51

The remarkable thing about the project is the amount of people,

0:54:530:54:56

time, love and sheer effort it has taken.

0:54:560:55:00

It seems to have had a massive impact on all of them.

0:55:000:55:04

And so, the big question, will you stay?

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We'd love to stay.

0:55:070:55:08

I'm coming to the end of my contract and this all finishing...

0:55:080:55:11

that's actually been the hardest part of the whole project.

0:55:110:55:15

Just thinking about leaving. Ooh! I don't want to.

0:55:150:55:20

It's really changed us as a family.

0:55:200:55:23

I think it has taken over our lives,

0:55:230:55:25

and it has rooted us in this rural community.

0:55:250:55:28

When you look at it now, do you feel amazing pride?

0:55:280:55:32

It has been the biggest struggle of my life, to be honest.

0:55:320:55:35

But when I look around, I actually feel like, wow. Unbelievable.

0:55:350:55:40

Because it's not just about a pretty riverside walk, it's about

0:55:400:55:46

using local knowledge and getting the old and young people together

0:55:460:55:50

and saying, "OK, now we've done this, what are we going to do next?"

0:55:500:55:54

I can't resist seeing the cafe in action.

0:55:570:56:01

Or rather, getting a free biscuit!

0:56:010:56:02

-Hello!

-Hi!

0:56:020:56:04

-Those are my absolute favourite.

-Shortbread?

-Mmm.

0:56:040:56:07

If I'd said to you this is where you'd be in a year's time,

0:56:070:56:10

would you have believed it?

0:56:100:56:13

No, because you kind of think, yeah, right, you know?

0:56:130:56:16

But then, but it gives you this amazing warm glow. You think...

0:56:160:56:20

Like on Sunday, there were all these people in here,

0:56:200:56:23

we were standing here, and in the brief seconds where it

0:56:230:56:25

wasn't like, "We want a cappuccino", it was like, wow.

0:56:250:56:28

All these people are here and enjoying our stuff.

0:56:280:56:31

And we've been through so much.

0:56:310:56:33

We know we can take on anything now, because we've dealt with it all.

0:56:330:56:38

The way that the mill stands in the centre of the town,

0:56:380:56:40

it kind of... It's doing that as well.

0:56:400:56:44

All the different people who have got very different lives

0:56:440:56:46

from each other seem to be focused and positive about this project.

0:56:460:56:52

It's going to happen now, we just have to keep going,

0:56:520:56:55

as we're doing, and it'll happen.

0:56:550:56:57

I think you grabbed it with both hands, and I'm coming back.

0:56:570:57:00

I've got a funny feeling you're going to be flying

0:57:000:57:03

in a year's time, with this. It's going to be doing very well.

0:57:030:57:07

You know, I've loved this project right from the first day that

0:57:130:57:16

I came here.

0:57:160:57:18

In fact, it would be difficult not to engage with it when you

0:57:180:57:22

look at how much time, effort and passion everyone has put into it.

0:57:220:57:25

If only a fraction of the people who come to this area pop in to

0:57:270:57:30

the mill, the bakery and the cafe,

0:57:300:57:33

this is going to be a roaring success.

0:57:330:57:37

If you've been inspired to create a community project in your area

0:57:370:57:42

and want to find out about the grants available,

0:57:420:57:45

and how to apply, go to...

0:57:450:57:47

A group of volunteers have a big plan to transform their dying

0:57:570:58:00

local into a thriving business.

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I have the keys!

0:58:030:58:05

It hasn't been cleaned properly for a long, long, long time.

0:58:060:58:10

Really disgusting.

0:58:100:58:12

Until I came here, I don't think I've ever lived real life.

0:58:120:58:14

But can they get the community behind them?

0:58:160:58:19

Along with drugs comes bad behaviour.

0:58:190:58:22

There are always, kind of, fights and hostile atmosphere.

0:58:220:58:26

Ladies and gentlemen...

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I'm a volunteer, I'm trying to do something good for my community,

0:58:280:58:31

why are you shouting at me?

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It's terrifying.

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Sarah Beeny follows a passionate group of locals as they spend a year trying to rescue their community. When the residents of Talgarth near Brecon applied for a grant from the BIG Lottery fund to renovate a derelict mill, they had no idea what was in store. The mill last ground corn in 1946, but can a bunch of volunteers really turn its fortunes around?


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