Busy year at Billingford Windmill

Billingford, Norfolk. Billingford Windmill
Billingford, Norfolk. Billingford Windmill

A busy schedule of events has been announced at Billingford Windmill by the Norfolk Windmills Trust.

The Grade II listed mill, built in the mid 1850s, is currently awaiting restoration to full working order. The trust is hoping to raise funds to complete it as soon as possible. On Monday, April 21, there will be a display of vintage tractors, an Easter egg hunt for children from 2.30pm, plus an art exhibition in the mill. The mill will then next be open on Sunday, May 25. Sunday, June 8 will see a talk by the last miller to work the mill commercially at Brockdish Village Hall from 2pm, admission £3. There will be a raffle and books on the mill available, with the mill open afterwards. A week later. classic cars will be on display, while on Sunday July 6th there will be hand bell ringing from the Starston Pealers at 2pm.

The mill will also be open for tours on Sunday, August 17, and on Sunday, September 21, a harvest exhibition of machinery and historic signs and books will take place.

On all dates, except for June 8, the mill will be open for guided tours, between 12.30pm and 4.30pm, priced at adults £3, senior citizens £2, and children free. Admission to events on the common are free, while their will be buckets for donations at the gate.

Billingford Mill is also on the lookout for an assistant to the present miller in a volunteer role. The job is to learn how the mill operates and to be able to operate the mill on completion of restoration, also involving health and safety issues for visitors and staff. The volunteer would be insured by Norfolk Windmills trust and once training is complete will be required to assist visitors tours of the mill. For information, or to arrange a special visit for a group, club or school, call 01379 853967.