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Thelnetham Mill aims to be selling its own flour this year

Thenetham, Suffolk. Thelnetham windmill open day pictured are volunteers and trustees who help to run the windmill ANL-140422-101856001

Thenetham, Suffolk. Thelnetham windmill open day pictured are volunteers and trustees who help to run the windmill ANL-140422-101856001

It seems a relic from the past that flour for your daily bread might be ground within a few miles.

But those caring for Thelnetham Windmill are hoping that by the end of the year it can start producing its own flour for sale at the mill and in local stores.

One of the most complete and original working windmills in the region, it was open to the public on Easter Sunday and Monday for guided tours while the sails turned.

In 2013 Thelnetham Windmill was gifted to a charitable trust by its previous owners.

Suffolk Building Preservation Trust (SBPT), also the owners of Pakenham Water Mill, are now caring for the mill, with a schedule of repairs and other maintenance jobs planned for this year, including the repainting of the four sails, cap and fantail.

Bob Paterson, volunteer at the mill, said that the millstones are in working order now, but they need to be authorised to be able to legally supply flour for human consumption.

“It is something we’re working on right now,” said Mr Paterson.

“We hope to get a small income from it, but probably not enough to keep the mill going itself.”

Mr Paterson, who became fascinated with windmills as a small boy, said that they have a strong and multi-skilled group of volunteers, but more were always needed.

To find out more about how to get involved and the windmill itself, visit http://thelnethamwindmill.org.uk/.

The next open day is on May 11 to coincide with National Mills Weekend, 11am-5pm.

 

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