Miller dies, aged 91

PUBLISHED: 12:43 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:48 06 May 2010

Sam Randall

Sam Randall

MARKING the end of an era, the last in a family of Stotfold millers has died aged 91. Sam Randall, the youngest of three children and the last in a long line of millers, died at Gosmore Nursing Home, near Hitchin. Born in Stotfold, Mr Randall spent all hi

MARKING the end of an era, the last in a family of Stotfold millers has died aged 91.

Sam Randall, the youngest of three children and the last in a long line of millers, died at Gosmore Nursing Home, near Hitchin.

Born in Stotfold, Mr Randall spent all his working life as a farmer and a miller in the town.

His family owned Stotfold Mill from 1876 until the 1980s.

When a fire destroyed the mill in 1992, the Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust was set up to restore the building.

A spokesman for the Trust said: "When the Trust was formed with the aim of rebuilding and restoring the mill to its former glory Sam was very supportive.

"Sam was always there to give advice and was able to identify a vast selection of rusty and damaged items that were unrecognisable to the uneducated eye.

"Just as valuable, and even more irreplaceable, were his memories and stories about the mill and the people who worked there.

"Anyone who knew him would tell you that Sam was a real character.

"He will always be fondly remembered for riding his bicycle round the town, for his sense of fun and for his enthusiasm for country life."

According to friend Gordon Huckle, Mr Randall had hoped to see the mill restored and grinding flour again.

His dream became a reality in April this year when flour was produced for the first time in 40 years.

Mr Randall died on August 19 and his funeral took place at the Hope Strict Baptist Chapel, Queen Street, Stotfold, on August 25.

* EARLIER this year, Pam Rhodes and her production team filmed an episode of Anglia Television's Country Days at the mill.

The programme is due to be shown at 7.30pm on October 12.

* A MILLING demonstration will take place at Stotfold Mill on October 7 and 8 from 11am to 4pm.

Wheat has been harvested and, in the meadow opposite the mill, on Mill Lane, a steam-driven threshing machine will produce grain.

This is a chance to see the culmination of the whole flour production cycle.

For further information about the mill, visit www.stotfoldmill.org, email enquiries@stotfoldmill.org or call 01462 734541.

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