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Michael Harverson - Funeral arrangements

It is with great sadness that we report the death on 2nd March of Michael Harverson, mill devotee and former Mills Committee member. Michael had been ill for some time. He will be sadly missed by his many mill friends both here and abroad. Funeral details are as follows:

Monday 27 March at 12.40pm

West Herts Crematorium 
High Elms Lane
WD25 0JS

All friends welcome

Volunteers needed at Green's Windmill, Nottingham

Want to volunteer in an inspiring setting? Join the team at Green's Windmill and Science Centre!

Green’s Windmill has been a part of Nottingham’s skyline for over 200 years, and in 2013 day to day operations at the windmill were taken on by the Green’s Windmill Trust. The Trust is now searching for volunteers to help keep the windmill open and operating - roles available include tour guides, gardeners, visitor service assistants and events and activities assistants.

To find out more, visit

A Miller's Tale: Caring for Charlecote - lecture 16 March 2017

In 2017 the SPAB marks the 30th anniversary of its William Morris Craft Fellowship training programme, which fosters traditional building skills and supports craftspeople in the early stages of their career. A series of lectures celebrating this unique scheme and the skills that enable old buildings to flourish is being held in March, among them 'A Miller's Tale'. 

A Miller's Tale: Caring for Charlecote - lecture by miller Karl Grevatt
Having begun his career as a carpenter and joiner - including repair work at Brill windmill - Karl's enthusiasm for mills and milling developed during his Fellowship year. In 2012 he leased historic Charlecote Mill - the last working watermill in Warwickshire - taking over from John Bedington (who had rescued the mill from dereliction) on his retirement. Karl maintains and operates the mill commercially and, using grain grown locally, supplies flour to local bakeries. He also holds open days and aims to teach others about milling and the sills needed to look after and run a watermill successfully.

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Time: 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
Venue:  St Botolph's Church Hall, London EC2 (near Liverpool Street station)
Price: £10/£11 including refreshments.

For further info see

Mills Section Spring Event and AGM: Wheels of Change (Saturday 18 March 2017)

This spring's event is entitled 'Wheels of Change - Natural Power in the Industrial Revolution' and presentations will focus on how wind and water helped to power the Industrial Revolution. For further details and booking, click here

Call for input for the upcoming TIMS E-News

TIMS is preparing its next issue of TIMS E-News (due mid-March) and welcomes short articles, news items, information on mill events, new mill books, mill days and so on. Contributions on British mills, and on industrial mills in general, would be especially welcome.

Please email your news by 31st of January to lvddrift @

Help with sourcing grain sacks needed!

One of our members, a miller at a working watermill, is keen to get new grain sacks made but he is having trouble finding something suitable - they need to be made from a material that's strong, durable and suitable for use alongside food production. If you have any suggestions please email the Mills Section (millsinfo @

Mills to feature on special Royal Mail stamps later this year

The Royal Mail has announced that it will be releasing a series of special stamps in June to celebrate the UK's windmills and watermills. They will be available from 20 June 2017. 

Artisan Bread School: Two-day course at Foster's Mill, Swaffham Prior in April

The Artisan Bread School is holding a two-day course with Carl Shavitz at Foster’s Mill, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire on 1st and 2nd April 2017.

Over the two days you will create a sourdough leaven, make sourdough breads & yeasted bread, including a French sourdough from the Ardeche as well as focaccia; all using flours from Foster’s Mill, Shipton Mill & Doyotte Mill, in France. Included in the course fee are: all ingredients, course recipes and notes, two lunches as well as dinner on 1 April.

For further details see: 

New Community Hydro Power Project on the River Avon

Work to install a new hydro-electric scheme to replace decorative wooden water wheel at Bathampton Weir is currently underway, with completion due in December 2016.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is investing in the part community-owned energy project on the River Avon, making a loan to the Old Mill Community Hydro project at the Old Mill Hotel next to the Toll Bridge. The project has been developed by community enterprise Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) in partnership with Mongoose Energy.

The existing decorative water wheel at the site, which was installed around 1987, will be replaced with a new modern water wheel, capable of generating enough electricity to meet the annual demand from more than 20 typical homes. The new water wheel will include screens to protect fish and eels in the river.

The scheme will contribute towards around 20 megawatts of renewable energy already being generated in Bath and North East Somerset. Collectively this is enough to power more than 4,500 homes.

The scheme will generate an estimated £50,000 funding over its lifetime for BWCE's Community Fund which, by the end of the year, will have re-invested nearly £100,000 of BWCE's surplus income back into local community organisations delivering low carbon and fuel poverty reduction projects in Bath and the surrounding area.

Mill Assistant Needed at Letheringsett Watermill

Are you interested in milling, bread and baking? Letheringsett Watermill at Holt in Norfolk is advertising for a Mill Assistant. The mill specialises in milling spelt as well as other flours, and supplies many local bakeries, cafes, hotels and farm shops.

Get in touch via

Stow Mill, Norfolk to close to the public

(c) J Woodward-Nutt

Regretfully Stow Windmill at Paston in Norfolk - a privately owned tower mill that previously opened for National Mills Weekend - will be permanently closing to the public from this October 2016. The mill is being converted to holiday accommodation so may still be viewed up close by those who book to stay there.

Sacrewell Mill's Victorian Bakery to host baking demonstrations


The Victorian Bakery at Sacrewell Mill - made famous in the BBC's 'Victorian Bakers' programme - will be the location for more baking magic when the School of Artisan Food host baking demonstrations during our Crop to Crust event on 8th October 2016 - for more details see our dedicated CROP TO CRUST webpage.

Windmills of Sussex published

Windmills of Sussex by Derek Nicholas
A comprehensive book on Sussex windmills with many excellent photographs of extremely high quality.

 128pp with 184 black and white illustrations
Published & distributed by Stenlake Publishing Ltd.
Tel: 01290 551122
Email: sales ['at' sign] ISBN 9781840337044

BBC Radio tunes into Working Windmills

On 13 July Mark Forrest of BBC local radio ran a fantastic feature on working windmills and had a live interview with Jonathan Cook, Chairman of the Mills section, who focused on eight terrific mills across the country.

To find out which windmills were mentioned, and to hear the separate piece on the return of the sails to Argos Windmill, you can listen again on (‘Variety clubs...’); Jon starts 2hrs 41mins and 30 secs in, the piece on Argos is before that at 2:35:30.

Book Launch (28 July) - Wind, Water, Steam: the Story of Hertfordshire's Mills by Hugh Howes

Hugh Howes, author of The Windmills and Watermills of Bedfordshire (2009), will talk about his latest research into the history of Hertfordshire's mills. Hertfordshire has an unusually rich and diverse milling heritage. As well as its long tradition of corn milling, the county once enjoyed a reputation for the milling of a variety of other products, including pioneering papermaking in the west of the county, gunpowder and small arms in the east, and also silk and cotton. There are records of 110 watermills and 71 windmills in Hertfordshire but little physical evidence of most of them remains today.

Come and meet the author, see one of Hertfordshire's finest working mills and enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful setting of Redbournbury Mill.

When  Thursday, 28 July 2016 from 17:00 to 19:00.
Where  Redbournbury Mill - Redbournbury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6RS

To buy a copy of the book online, click here or visit

Casework volunteers needed

Casework is one of the most important parts of the Section's work. As a statutory consultee on planning applications affecting listed windmills and watermills, we receive up to one consultation a week on average. Adequate scrutiny of proposals is crucial to ensure that we make our voice heard and stop damaging proposals - and we now need more help.

The Section relies on volunteers to look at plans, make site visits and assess the impact of planning proposals. We need people who are knowledgeable about mills in their local area, have internet access and can travel to mills independently. Depending on the area, volunteers may be contacted about no more than one or two applications each year, so even if you do not have a lot of time to spare, we would like to hear from you.

For more information on volunteering as a caseworker, please contact us on 020 7456 0909 or

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