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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 or email, or see or
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:

 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! 

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 

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

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 @

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: 

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 - 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
Published & distributed by Stenlake Publishing Ltd.
Tel: 01290 551122
Email: sales ['at' sign] 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

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