Heage Windmill

   
Address : Chesterfield Road
Town/City : Belper
County : Derbyshire
Country : England
Post code : DE56 2BH
Phone : 01773 853579
Web Site :  www.heagewindmill.org.uk

Heage Windmill is run by a charitable trust and operated by a team of volunteers. The mill opens to the public every Saturday and Sunday, from 11-00 until 4-00pm (Easter – end October), when guided tours explain the mill's workings and her history.

 

 

Guided tours at Heage are something to be experienced because our guides are specially trained to be able to explain the myriad details, developed over hundreds of years, that make the windmill the clever machine that it undoubtedly is! The last tour is at approximately 3.30pm. We recognise that elsewhere many self-guided visitors to a windmill are simply bewildered by what they are seeing – our guides are able to explain the subtle, simple methods used to perform the necessary actions need to produce flour! Also included in the tour are various features that offer 'hands on' experiences, even for quite young visitors. And our visitor centre normally has our own bags of flour on sale, milled by the machinery you have seen as well as offering light refreshments etc.

However, over the 17 years since the mill was restored to working order in 2002, time has taken its toll on the original team and there is a continual need to find new volunteers. These include guides, shop workers and, with time and training, millers. Even when the mill is closed to the public there is work to be done to keep the 'old lady' as we call her, and the beautiful surrounds, in tip top condition.

As Alan Gifford, a founder trustee explains: 'Full training is given so you don't need to know anything about windmills – but when you do join the team, you will learn so much more - and it's fascinating'

If you are interested in becoming involved in working on the mill, in any role, as a volunteer – and it's open to people of all ages - contact Lynn Allen on 01773 715 177 or via email: lynnallen13@hotmail.com

Or just come and visit us one weekend – and enjoy a guided tour round a 220 year old machine which is still in full working order.

 Heage Windmill - Alan Eccleston and Brian Naylor -Millers August 7 Celebration 009

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