Date Set for Heage Windmill to Reopen

After a busy winter period Heage windmill will reopen for the season on Easter Saturday 26th March at 11-00am. The sails will not be in place but the fan tail staging will be back. In fact the delay gives a great opportunity to see the sails and their mechanisms on the ground. It is a rare opportunity to see the huge one ton timber devices.

Fan staging painted

The sails have been refurbished and painted by the HWS volunteers over the winter. Unfortunately a huge knot found in a critical piece of timber which supports the sails below the cap has delayed them being in place as planned but mill tours will go ahead as normal over the Easter holiday, from 11-00 until 4-00pm each day (Sat/Sun and Monday). They expect the windmill to be in full working order by the end of April.

The mill will be formally opened at 11-00 a.m on the Saturday by Adrian Farmer, who many of you will know as a great local historian who has written several books on the Derwent Valley. Adrian is the co-ordinator for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and loves and works tirelessly for the area.

The windmill will be open during 2016 (11-00am to 4-00pm) every weekend from Easter Saturday March 26th until the end of October.

Admission Charges for 2016

Adults £4-00 Concessions including Gold Cards £3-50, Children (5-16) £1-50 (parents can buy one and get one free for children in the age group) Children under 5 are free.

Organised Adult parties of up to 10 people -£50-00. For each additional person £5-00 is payable).

School Parties and other children’s groups _Standard charge of £40.00 for up to 30 people (contact Lynn on 01773 715177)

See web site for more information www.heagewindmill.org.uk

By Alan Gilford

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