Some weeks ago, we received an email from Charles
Baxter who is a committee member of the Wilton
Windmill Society and acts as a guide and miller. He
“Although we are not sited in
Hampshire, we are actually just 3.5 miles from your
northern county border. From your website and
newsletters your group appears to be active and host
interesting activities. Is there a possibility
that, long term, we might be able to become
affiliated members? Obviously, this would need
consideration by your committee and agreement from
our members. It would be nice to think that any
affiliation might have mutual benefits.”
Following conversations with other committee members
it was agreed that we were sympathetic with this
request and that as Membership Secretary I should
lead discussions with Charles who would lead for his
society. As a result the Wilton Windmill Society is
to become a member of HMG as an Associate Member.
This is a new class of membership that has
attributes of both corporate and ordinary
memberships. The main points are:
Each organisation’s members will be treated as
honorary members of the other organisation and be
welcome to attend the other’s activities.
Newsletters, invitations, and other such
communications will be sent to the other
organisation to be distributed to their members.
Each organisation’s website will provide reference
and links to the other’s website, together with some
limited space for topical highlights and activity
The committee hopes that this will enable us to take
a broader view of vintage milling as now we all have
access to operational mills powered by both wind and
water that mill and sell flour.
So on behalf of all at the Hampshire Mills Group I
would like to welcome the members of Wilton Windmill
Society and we look forward to getting to know each
other when circumstances make it possible.
Finally, we have a message from the society’s