Campaigners have set up a group to raise cash to restore a 19th Century mill to its former glory.

Friends of Oldlands Mill has been formed to help restore the mill in Keymer to working order and eventually open it to the public.

County records show the mill dating back to 1703. It was a working mill until 1912 when it was running both under steam and wind power but the mill had to be stopped because it became unsafe and gradually fell into disrepair.

It was owned by the Sussex Archeological Society and sold in 1980 to Hassocks Amenity Association (HAA), which set about rebuilding it.

Members of the HAA are hoping the new group will help raise the profile more funds.

Janet Thomas, of the HAA, said: "It will hopefully be a working mill, a museum piece for people to come and see."

The work on the mill is carried out entirely by local volunteers, Alan Catharine, chairman of the Friends of Oldlands Mill, said: "The costs can be quite high. We don't cost anything but the materials do."