Young Millers

Young Millers

'Young Millers' is the under-16 group of the Mills Section. The Young Millers receive their own newsletter four times a year, and are invited to the annual Young Millers Day Out. To join, download a copy of the membership form or contact Sophie, the Mills Section Administrator on 020 7456 0909.  


This year's day out will be a trip to both a windmill and a watermill, at Stevington and at Bronham near Bedford. We are planning a terrific day of activities, including getting involved with the Great British Mill Race project - we look forward to seeing you there!

For more details, contact Sophie on 020 7456 0909

Stevington Windmill                                                           Bronham Watermill
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As part of the national effort to find and log all the country's windmills and watermills through the Great British Mill Race project, many mill enthusiasts have been out and about trying to find some of the less well-known mills. We were very excited to hear that one of our most dedicated Young Millers, Oscar, located this fantastic old waterwheel tucked away in the grounds of a smart hotel and golf course in Hertfordshire.

Long ago, the wheel was used to pump water to the main house from its own large pond there but it has since been abandoned. The main house is now a hotel and few people know the waterwheel still stands nearby.

Well done for your excellent detective work, Oscar! And thank you for sharing your discovery with us.



Last year's day out was spent visiting Mill Green Mill in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Mill Green Mill is a beautiful 18th-century watermill and museum that sits in attractive grounds beside the River Lea. The mill opened up especially for us and we enjoyed a day of getting involved and having fun.


The Young Millers, ranging in age from 2 years to 12, were treated to a range of activities kindly organised by Young Millers event manager, Colin Smith and Mill Green's wonderful resident miller, Richard Deacon.

We enjoyed a private tour of the mill and museum that included a walk around the waterways, getting the millwheel going, a special visit to the bin loft and helping to pour grain into the hopper - from our very own Young Millers bags!


After lunch in the sunny gardens, Colin brought out models of mills and everyone helped with the demonstrations of how an overshot wheel and a breastshot wheel works. There was a quiz, drawings, quite a lot of chocolate and some delicious banana cake, and the presentation of a Certificate of Achievement too before we all went home with a bag of our own stoneground flour.

It was a lovely event ("superb" according to one mum) and a great way to meet other young mill enthusiasts. We are looking forward to our next Day Out in 2016! 


Page last updated 16 June 2016