A historic mill has taken a set back in fundraising after being damaged in Storm Ciara.

Bocking Windmill, sustained extensive damaged to one of the its four sails in the high speed winds.

A third of the sail snapped off and fell to the field below.

Just last month, fundraising group, The Friends of Bocking Windmill were aiming to raise £12,000 after a recent repaint revealed one of the sails needed completely replacing.

Councillor Frankie Ricci, said: "Storm Ciara brought extraordinarily strong winds to our district on Sunday and as a result a sail has been damaged.

"A millwright has been out to look at the damage and we will await his assessment before we know more.

"We had already announced plans to repair the steps, sails, windows and body of the mill as part of a £58,000 investment project over the next six year."

The 300-year-old mill was built in 1721 and is maintained by the group of volunteers who open the windmill for public visits.

Anyone interested becoming a volunteer at the windmill should email customer.services@braintree.gov.uk.

To donate to The Friends of Bocking Windmill search for Bocking Windmill on justgiving.com