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Wath Mill, Yorkshire: Open Day - Saturday 9th September 

Make the most of a rare opportunity to visit one of the hidden gems of the Upper Nidderdale when Wath Mill opens its doors to the public this weekend for free as part of the Heritage Open Day festival. The existing mill is Victorian, though there has been a watermill on the site since the 16th century. The machinery that harnessed the energy of Dauber Gill Beck to grind countless tons of corn, and for a period was used to spin flax, has stood silent but more or less intact since the 1930s.

When:    Saturday 9th September 2017
Where:   Wath-in-Nidderdale near Pateley Bridge
Time:     10am - 3pm

For more information see www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/wath-mill and 
http://uppernidderdale.org.uk/historic-nidderdale/flagship-heritage-sites/wath-mill/


Windmills and Watermills Calendar 2018  

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Mills Section's Windmills and Watermills Calendar for 2018. The Calendar is A4 in size and has 12 pages of stunning colour photographs of traditional windmills and watermills, each taken by a mill enthusiast or professional photographer. In addition, the covers feature the winning entries from our earlier 'Mills in Art' competition.

The calendar is priced at £7.50 including free postage within the UK and all profits will go to Mills Section funds. 

Calendars will be dispatched from the printer at the end of each month in which the orders are placed until November, after which they will be sent out weekly to ensure delivery before the end of the year. 

To order, click here.


Lincolnshire Windmills feature on BBC Radio  

On 25th July BBC Radio Lincolnshire featured an hour-long programme investigating the county's love affair with windmills. 

To hear 'The Windmills of Lincolnshire' visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057mm69#play

The programme will be available online until 23rd August. 
 

Mill Tour and Milling Demonstration at Heron Corn Mill, Cumbria - 7 July  

Heron Corn Mill is holding a mill tour and milling session on Friday 7th July from 11.30am to 1pm. Join Stuart and his team of volunteers to learn all about the historic mill, and watch as they grind their own delicious artisan flours! There will be fresh rye, spelt and wholemeal flour available for purchase following the demonstration. A complimentary tea, coffee, juice or soft drink is available with every adult ticket purchased.

Adults £5 / Under 16s Free 

For bookings please email info@heronmill.org or call 01539 564271

Armed Forces Weekend at Heckington Windmill (24th-25th June 2017)

 The team at Heckington, Lincolnshire decided to promote Armed Forces Weekend at the mill, bringing in some stalls, live music, plus the usual brewery, mill tours and Tea Room. The event was an outstanding success, with crowds coming on both days and enjoying 6 barrels of beer, and vast amounts of delicious refreshments in the tea room.  

However, the highlight of the day was getting the first wheelchair user – in this case a disabled ex-serviceman – onto the ground floor of the mill via the restored granary and chair lift, demonstrating that when complete, a wheelchair user will be able to operate the Hurst Frame tentering gear.

  

SPAB Working Party, Lumsdale Valley, Derbyshire: Public Open Day, Wednesday 5 July 2017

For a week in July, SPAB’s Summer Working Party will be helping to stabilise and protect the historic, ruined mill buildings from the industrial revolution, located in the heart of the Lumsdale Valley, Derbyshire. The work will ensure that there is no further deterioration of the fabric of the buildings, making the valley safer for visitors and preserving the buildings for future generations. Significant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been won as part of a wider Arkwright Society application for the Lumsdale Valley.

On Wednesday 5th July 2017, the project opens up to the community to see the hands-on conservation work up close. 
From 10am, a free shuttle coach will run between the sales kiosk at Cromford Mills, Cromford, Matlock, to a drop-off point in the valley. At the end of their tour, visitors will be taken by bus back to Cromford. Guided visits will last about an hour. The last bus to the Working Party from the Visitor Centre will depart at 3.30pm. Please note that this is the only way visitors can access the Working Party site on the open day.

Visitors are advised to wear practical footwear. 
For further information see www.spab.org.uk/spab-events-awards/working-party

 

Heage Windmill wins another Certificate of Excellence 


Heage Windmill, Derbyshire is proud to announce that for the 3rd year in succession, it has received a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from Trip Advisor. The award covers a wide range of traveller-based activities, from hotels and restaurants to visitor attractions. Visitors are invited to give a star rating out of five, and only attractions receiving consistent 4 or 5 stars over 12 months are considered for the award.

The windmill is run entirely by volunteers and all profits go into keeping the mill in working order.
For more information visit www.heagewindmill.org.uk 

London Festival of Architecture - 1st to 30th June  

1st – 30th June 2017 (Nine Elms, Northbank and Royal Docks)

The London Festival of Architecture is Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival, and returns to the capital from 1st – 30th June 2017, with hundreds of events, from large-scale work to more intimate exhibitions, celebrating London as a global architectural hub.

To find out more, visit www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org 

A Fishing Family on the Lune - Thursday 20th April

Join one of Heron Corn Mill's founder trustees and directors Bob Parkinson as he presents an illustrated talk about his family's fishing heritage on the River Lune, which can be traced back to 1773. Bob's grandfather was a fisherman all his life on the Wyre sands and Lune Deeps, while his father Thomas and his wife looked after the lighthouse at the entrance of the Lune estuary. 

Bob's talk will also cover his own working life, beginning with his early years as a fisherman, before moving on to his time as a joiner for Pye Bibby Ltd, for whom he later became the millwright for many of their mills, including Heron Corn Mill. 

Date: Thursday 20th April
Time: 1pm-3pm
Price: £6 each, sandwiches and refreshments included.

For further details visit www.heronmill.org or email info@heronmill.org, or see 
facebook.com/heronmill or twitter.com/heronmill
Heron Corn Mill, Mill Lane, Beetham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7PQ

Cromford Mills wins EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2017 

Brussels / The Hague, 5 April 2017 - The European Commission and Europa Nostra revealed today the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field. The 29 laureates from 18 countries are being recognised for their notable achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. Among this year’s winners are two outstanding projects from the United Kingdom, including the rehabilitation of Cromford Mills. Independent expert juries examined a total of 202 applications, submitted by organisations and individuals from 39 countries across Europe, and chose the winners. 

Citizens from around the world can now vote online for the Public Choice Award and rally support for the winning project(s) from their own or another European country. Voters have the chance to win a trip for two to Finland and be a special guest at the Awards Ceremony that will be held in the historic city of Turku on 15 May. During the ceremony, the seven Grand Prix laureates, each of whom will receive €10,000, and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winning projects, will be announced.

To vote,
click here.

Eskdale Mill urgently needs Volunteers! 

Eskdale Mill at Boot is the last working watermill in the Lake District. But now this Grade II listed building, needs your help. Paul Pharaoh, the Trust's Chairman says: “We welcome around 3,000 visitors a year to the Mill, and, with the retirement of the Miller in 2016 we rely entirely on volunteers to keep the doors open at this most important part of Cumbria’s heritage.”

A meet and greet event is being held at Eskdale Mill, Boot on the 12th April between 4pm and 6pm
Volunteers fill many roles from working in the garden to being mill guides who lead tours around the working mill, bringing its history to life and explaining how the machinery works. This event will give you the chance to meet existing volunteers and find out more about the roles available and what's involved.

Karl Bartlett, the Volunteer Development Officer invites you to come along discover the Mill and its wonderful stories and see if you would like to lend some time at Boot. 
Prospective volunteers will be given a short introduction to the Trust and background to the Mill, and be taken on a tour by volunteer guides.

For further information on the day or about getting involved please contact Karl Bartlett, the Volunteer Development Officer via email: themillatboot@gmail.com

 Heage Windmill - 15th season of being open to the public 

The ‘formal’ opening of the mill this year will be Easter Saturday, April 15th at 11am. Radio Derby presenter Aleena Naylor, who lives locally, will make a dignified entrance – driving herself to the mill on a vintage tractor, a delight not shared by many people! 

Aleena 
will tour the mill and see for herself the amazing machinery which first produced flour some 220 years ago – and continues to do so after being restored, following a huge project, in 2002.

Visitors are guided round such that they can fully appreciate the people who operated the mill in the past and the equipment that was first used so long ago. Tours will then be available to all over the holiday weekend, marked also on Monday 17th by an all day EASTER EGG HUNT round the mill, under the supervision of the ever  popular ‘Woosmary Wabbit’. 

The windmill will be open during 2017 (11-00am to 4-00pm) every weekend from April 1st until the end of October.

For more information see www.heagewindmill.org.uk 

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 www.greensmill.org.uk

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 @ spab.org.uk).

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: http://www.artisan-bread-school.com/?page_id=2507 

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 www.letheringsettwatermill.co.uk

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 - is now permanently closed to the public. The mill is being converted to holiday accommodation so may still be viewed up close by those who book to stay there.

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
£20.
Published & distributed by Stenlake Publishing Ltd.
Tel: 01290 551122
Email: sales ['at' sign] stenlake.co.uk ISBN 9781840337044

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 millsinfo@spab.org.uk

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