On Saturday March 21st the wind was strong and milling was good. Stocks of flour and freshly milled flour were in great demand. However since then the Government has tightened limitations on distancing and age risks. The mill however is largely operated by people who are retired and our space limitations mean that the two metre rule cannot be maintained so the Trustees have reluctantly decided to close the mill until further notice.
This left a problem – we still had unsold bags of flour and quite a lot still awaiting bagging. Lynn Allen, our event organiser, had a bright idea – ‘why not give it away to a charity’. This concept received huge support from our volunteers and it was agreed that a family team would go to the mill and bag the loose flour, during a visit to carry out essential maintenance.
According David and Jenny Land, who live locally, have bagged up all the loose flour and, with stock we had, assembled a total of 39 x 1.5 kilo bags of assorted flours! These they loaded into their car and delivered free of charge to a group called ‘Belper Covid 19 Mutual Aid’, who will now distribute them to deserving families.
All at Heage windmill wish the group well and sincerely thank David and Jenny Land for spending their morning making this possible.