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Heage Windmill Opened Again

for the new season
Heage Windmill Opened Again

After a night of heavy rain the morning of 31st March dawned dull and damp but this was not enough to deter a decent sized group of volunteers, friends and visitors gathering to await the arrival of Martyn Williams from Radio Derby, driving a vintage Fordson Tractor. Precisely at 11.00 am the gleaming old machine arrived, driven by Martyn, and parked outside the windmill.

He was welcomed by the Chairman of Heage Windmill Society, Alan Eccleston and Angela Ward (Chair of the Friends of the Mill). Alan went on to say that Martyn would join a list of distinguished guests who had performed the opening ceremony over the past 16 years – this being the 17th season since the mill was restored to working order in 2002. During that time he said there had been some 50,000 visitors round the mill, we were now into the 47th ton of wheat to be milled (over 30,000 bags of flour) and that just over £250,000 had been raised, all of which had helped maintain and develop the mill. This was all achieved by a dedicated team of volunteers who he thanked for their continued support.

Martyn said he was delighted to be at such an iconic location, although a bit of sun would have been welcome! He praised the work of all the volunteers, all of whom contributed in some way to making the mill the huge success it undoubtedly was as a tourist attraction in Derbyshire. To the sounds of a ‘countdown’ from the assembled crowd he then cut the ribbon and pronounced the mill open, saying he was looking forward to touring the mill in due course but was not off to help volunteers plant trees in the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust wood at Alderwasley. Before he left he was presented with a large Easter Egg by Woosmary Wabbitt, as sustenance before he left but said, “I will be back shortly!”

The windmill will be open during 2018 (11am to 4pm) every weekend from 1st April until the end of October. Large, free car park!

Admission Charges for 2018

Adults: £4, Concessions, including Gold Cards: £3.50, Children (5-16):  £2 (parents can buy one and get one free for children in the same age group). Children under 5 are free.

See Heage website for more information.

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