Appeal for mill helpers falls flat

Heage Windmill
Heage Windmill

Heage Windmill volunteers are considering a reduction in the attraction’s opening hours after an appeal for helpers failed to bear fruit.

The Grade II listed windmill is hoping to open its doors from 11am to 4pm every weekend to the end of October, including all Bank Holidays.

It also opens in the week by arrangement for special visits from groups such as schools and societies and volunteers mill and sell flour to help maintain the mill.

However, those hours will have to be reduced if no new people come forward to assist in the running of the landmark.

Alan Gifford, trustee of Heage Windmill Society said: “Illness, house moves and sheer old age unfortunately have now reduced the team size severely, such that a reduction in opening hours is now quite possible. Ours efforts to recruit new volunteers to date have included, press, radio and TV, as well as adverts in public places, all without any significant success.

“To effectively open the mill we need two people in the shop to receive and organise the visitors into groups to be taken on guided tours by one of the two guides on duty.

“We only offer guided tours because we feel unless the workings and history of a mill are explained it is a cold piece of machinery, like a car with the engine turned off in fact. Of course we also need a miller who opens up and controls the machine, milling flour if required.

“Our prime requirement is for shop workers and guides. Full training can be arranged for anyone suitable.”

If you are interested in helping out contact Lynn 
Allen on 01773 715 177.