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

Keeping a 220 year old Grade 2* listed windmill in full working order, especially when it's the only working windmill in Derbyshire, demands a lot of effort, particularly as it has become a major tourist attraction, highly rated by 'Trip Advisor'.

 

 

derby heage2Heage 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. However over the 14 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.

This need for continual attention was brought home when during August 2015 hidden wet rot was discovered in major structural components of the mill. The sails had to stop turning in the wind so we lost our ability to Mill. But the 'Dream Team', as we now call them, rallied round and raised thousands of pounds and put in hundreds of hours of work such that, in 10 months, she was working again! An incredible performance indeed!

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 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 – everyone enjoys what she offers!

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