Let’s begin with a
cheering letter from Ros Plunkett who stepped down from the Editorship last
autumn after producing the newsletter for five years:
like to thank the Committee and members of the Hampshire Mills Group for their
many kind words and the gift of a garden token, following my “retirement” as
Newsletter Editor. After a great deal of thought and “browsing” around
Garden Centres, I purchased two 10ft long (pre-constructed) polytunnels which
have already done sterling work keeping the pigeons and mice off some of my
still tender brassicas. I expect to put them to very good use for many
years to come!! Once again, very many thanks.
regards - Ros
News of another Plunkett
retiring - David - who has given so much time, energy, and dedication to
bringing Eling Tide Mill to life; but, he hasn’t finished there yet, oh
no, as he is now teaching not only a new miller, but also a new manager of the
whole Eling Experience, the particular nuances involved in successfully
operating the only working Tide Mill in England. I’m sure you all join me
in wishing Mr and Mrs P many happy retirement years. At the same time we
welcome Helen Robinson (Eling Experience Manager) and Chris Blandford (Miller)
to the Hampshire Mills arena. Helen hopes to attend our March meeting so we
should have a good chance to get to know her.
So, on with the motley,
you’ve got a lot of reading to do.
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We are indebted to Ruth
Andrews for submitting the Stark Farm article and photographs which appeared in
the Winter edition. Humble apologies are due as left off her name.
Very sorry, Ed.
Mill, Matlock, Derbyshire, is to be the
first micro-hydropower scheme in the Peak District Reckoned to provide power for
70 per cent of homes in Alport Village - 30 homes - it was until recently
housing a fish farm.
Tide Mill, Hampshire, has got the
go ahead to commence repair work. Estate Land Agent, Rachel Pearson, said that
the £300,000 scheme is scheduled to start in the spring with the aim to preserve
as much of the original building and machinery as possible.
Windmill, Buckinghamshire, said to be
England’s second oldest dated windmill, is to receive extensive conservation
work and repairs finally agreed after protracted discussion and debate by Brill
Windmill Management Group, Buckinghamshire County Council, Aylesbury Vale
District Council and English Heritage. Despite the £560,000 funding, and
all its machinery still intact, it cannot perform its basic function of milling,
as a steel framework was put in to ensure its stability some years ago..
Mills, Shaftesbury, Dorset lost its
landmark Portuguese windmill which sat above this commercial flour mill.
It had to make way for a raised roof to allow additional flooring.
Foster Windmill, Boston, Lincolnshire,
had a 37 feet long sail blown off during a gale in November. According to
a newspaper report, quite the reverse happened in 1990 when severe storm winds
“snapped through the
mill’s brake and set the machinery whirring. Almost 3 tonnes of flour
produced in one night “ Normally it
took a week to mill that amount.
Windmill, Croydon, Surrey, has problems
of another airborne kind. Ring necked Parakeets (now feral descendents
from escapees many years ago) have turned their beak sharpening attentions from
the parish church shingle roof to the windmill’s sails! Croydon Council
are monitoring the situation whilst they consider what action could be taken to
deter the birds.
to let me know your mill news, of home or abroad, that we can add to the