After months of fundraising and painstaking restoration work, a Heage landmark has wind in its sails once again.
Heage Windmill returned to working order last week, after the replacement of a major structural component which had been found to contain wet rot last summer.
Chairman of Heage Windmill Society Piers Bostock said: “I am delighted that the efforts of everyone involved have resulted in the mill being back in action so quickly.
“ I am immensely proud of all the volunteers and thank them for their commitment and untiring efforts.”
Lincolnshire contractor Traditional Millwrights pulled out all the stops to replace the huge oak beams which had become unsafe.
Community fundraising activities have resulted in over £56,000 being accumulated, which, with the mills own reserve will cover the anticipated cost of about £75,000.
The final overall cost has been reduced by a team of volunteers which took on the major task of repairing and repainting the six sails, each of which weighs nearly a ton.
They and have also painted the cap, so the ‘Old Lady’ now gleams white whenever the sun shines.
More than 600 man hours have been expended by the volunteers in carrying out the work.
The windmill will be open 11am to 4pm every weekend until the end of October.
Admission costs £1.50-£4, children under five get in for free.
For more details, including upcoming special events, visit www.heagewindmill.org.uk.