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Special date to be marked at Thelnetham Mill

Thelnetham Windmill open day for volunteers. ANL-150323-094447009
Thelnetham Windmill open day for volunteers. ANL-150323-094447009

The 30th anniversary since the sails were put back at Thelnetham Mill is set to be marked with a special opening next month.

The fitting of the sails on August 19, 1985, was the final stage of the initial restoration of the windmill. Starting in 1979 with a derelict wreck of a mill, a group of ‘committed’ volunteers took on the challenge to restore it to its former glory, some of which are still involved today.

Three decades on, the occasion will be marked with a special opening on Sunday, August 16, at 12pm.

It will allow visitors the chance to see some of the recent work carried out on the mill, including the retarring of the tower, and the repainting of the fantail in the original red, white and blue colours, originally done so to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Further open days have also been announced throughout the year.

The mill will be open on July 19, August 30 and 31, September 12 and 13, and October 11.

There will be guided tours throughout the day.

Admission to the open days will be £3 for adults, children over 5 £1.50, children under 5 free.

Additional attractions include the opportunity to view a vintage Ruston and Hornsby diesel engine and the neighbouring wild flower meadow, while stoneground flour will be available for sale.

For more information, visit www.thelnethamwindmill.org.uk

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