New Trustees

Heage Windmill has appointed two new Trustees.

LUCY JAMES, who lives in Heage, was recently been appointed Treasurer of both the Trust and of the supporting body, Friends of Heage Windmill (FoHW).  She automatically becomes a Trustee of the windmill.

JACK EVANS,  who lives in South Normanton (but is originally from Heage) and was recently elected as Vice Chair of the Friends, has been nominated as one of the representatives of Friends on the Trust.  His nomination has been accepted by the Trust..

We believe  both will play a significant part in the future of the windmill and wish them well.

In addition, Roger Hatcher was recently  elected as Chair of FoHW. He was already a Trustee by virtue of his previous role as Vice-Chair of FoHW and will continue to be one.

Special Opening to Sell Flour

What a day it was on Saturday, March 21st.  So many bakers got in touch with us to ask if there was flour available.  It really made us aware that baking is such a popular leisure activity and, that for many, Heage Windmill Flour is the flour to use.

Jenny Land collects the sacks of freshly milled flour from Millers Tim Castledine (on left) and Alan Eccleston.
Jenny bags the flour in the Undercroft

With Saturday March 21st having a good wind forecast, and with it already  scheduled as a milling day – plus the fact that we already had about 60 bags of flour on the shelves – we decided to open the mill specially for flour sales.

Amazingly the shelves were very soon all but empty  as baking enthusiasts flocked to the mill.  It was then that the decision was made to bag and sell the flour which was currently being milled – normally the bagging of the flour would be on a separate occasion.

Over 100 bags were sold in total. The shop closed at 2.00pm but the milling went on until 4.00pm.

While the shop was busy selling flour David Land set up a small bric a brac on a mill wall.  This added to the great fun feeling of the morning.

Some visitors were disappointed when the flour ran out but in the lovely sunshine there was a great spirit of joie de vivre, much needed in these anxious times.

Lynn Allen in the Mill shop with the remaining bags of flour

Christmas Quiz Answers

Pantomime Characters

1) Baron Hardup

2) Mother Goose

3) Sleeping Beauty

4) Puss In Boots

5) Fairy Godmother

6) Alice Fitzwarren


Disney Films

7) Jungle Book

8) Mary Poppins

9) Winnie The Pooh

10) Dumbo

11) Pinocchio

12) Frozen


Chart Toppers

13) Ernie / Benny Hill / 1971

14) Skyscraper / Sam Bailey / 2013

15) Another Brick In The Wall / Pink Floyd /


16) Reet Petite / Jackie Wilson / 1986

17) Hallelujah / Alexandra Burke / 2008



18) Crows               19) Whales

20) Owls                 21) Larks

22) Rhinoceros        23) Kangaroos

24) Pigs                  25) Hyenas


Brainteaser 1

26) L – L is made up of 2 straight lines whilst all the other letters use 3 straight lines.


Next Lines

27) In a new old-fashioned way

28) It’ll be cold, so cold/Without you to hold

29) A tiny star lights up way up high

30) And the bells were ringing out for

Christmas Day


Xmas Countdown

31) (2×9)x(5×20)-3 = 1797 or similar

32) (6×7)x50-(27×3) = 2019 or similar


Songs & Carols

33) Joy To The World

34) Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem

35) Away In A Manger

36) I’m Dreaming Of a White Christmas

37) 12 Days Of Christmas


Brainteaser 2

38) Switch on 2 lights and wait 5 minutes. Now switch one off. Enter room. ‘On’ light is obvious. Touch the other 2 bulbs. Hot bulb must be other light on for 5 mins.


Christmas Riddles

39) Cupid

40) Cross-mouse Cards

41) Claus-trophobic


Brainteaser 3

42) Prancer is the thief!

Comet & Vixen contradict each other – one of them must be a liar.

Prancer has said “you’re both lying” about Dasher & Cupid, but there can only be one more liar which must be him.

Dasher & Cupid are both telling the truth so it can’t be Vixen or Cupid who stole the cake. It has got to be Prancer.

How Did You Do?

37 – 42              Supersonic

31 – 36               Transonic

24 – 30              Subsonic

Less than 24      Sonic the Hedgeho

Santa Day

The dawning of December’s first day was chilly but welcomely dry and bright for the arrival of Santa Claus.

As he walked to his grotto in the mill, he told one small child how happy he was to see that all six sails were in place again!

He soon made himself comfortable in his grotto and during his visit saw over 140 children, each of whom received a specially wrapped present. The youngest one to see him was just 4 weeks old! Must be a record of some sort?

During the day at least 500 visitors came to the mill and enjoyed the entertainments and refreshments available in the nearby marquee and on site whilst they waited their turn for to meet the great man.

To pass the time while waiting to see Santa there were various things to do on site e.g. tombola, raffles, the bric-a-brac stall, and others. There was also the very popular hot food van plus a doughnut stall.

Angela Ward, Chair of the Friends of the Windmill said: ‘It’s been a great day, with every one of our volunteers working hard to make it a success.  All the profits will go to keeping the windmill working.’ Angela added that ‘it was a really festive occasion and so many people enjoyed themselves’.


A Milestone for our Milling

We are delighted to announce that our windmill has just taken delivery of its 50th ton of grain.

We have been milling grain in the traditional manner – between rotating stones, driven by the  wind – at Heage windmill since our first trial product emerged from the chute on the 4th of July 2003.

Then followed a series of trials and testing until we were ready to offer our products for sale at the windmill.

We ordered our first batch of grain to be used commercially in March 2004 and the demand for our product has grown steadily since then.

Our first sack of flour was milled by the late Mac Mumford and was bagged and sold on 28th of March 2004.

We only sell our flour at the mill or Bakewell Farmers’ Market, and all our milling is carried out by our specially trained volunteer millers.

We received the 50th ton of grain in 25 kilo sacks.  All  bags of our flour from this batch will carry a specially designed label marking that it comes from our 50th ton.

The 49 tons  of flour already produced  have resulted in a net  income over 15 years of about £50,000, at an average of about £3,500 a year.

All profits from the sale of flour have been used to help maintain the mill over the years.

We hope that Heage Windmill will continue to produce its much loved flour for many years to come.


Six Sails On

Photo by Andrew Evans of f22 Aerial Images

Heage Windmill is looking more like herself again as the two new sails were hoisted into position on the morning of the 6th November.

The weather was calm which was perfect for the task.

These two sails were assembled by the maintenance team under the skilful leadership of David Land, the Maintenance Manager.


The project has taken approximately 750 hours of volunteer labour.

Nicholls Engineering of Heage were on site helping the team both when the old sails were removed and when the two new ones were attached.

The firm have great experience in engineering projects and have worked on Heage Windmill before, so sincere thanks are extended to them.

Constructional Timber of Barnsley supplied and delivered the laminated pieces of wood (84 in total) for the sails.

These arrived at Heage Windmill back in the spring and the team have spent the summer assembling the new sails.

This included coating all the pieces with sealer followed by undercoating and glossing – 2 coats of each. The shutters were removed from the old sails, washed, repainted and transferred to the new ones.

Alan Eccleston, Chair of the Trust, said that the Trustees wished to thank the dedicated team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this possible.

Cobweb Day

Heage Windmill has now been put to bed following the ceremonial cobweb spinning.

A large cobweb is slowly spun in the apron in front of the mill, its size being determined entirely by the number of people, both grown-ups and youngsters, who take part in the spinning operation.

Under the guidance and tuition of our ‘head spider’ Lynn Allen, the cobweb – made from stretchy elastic – slowly emerges and then is gently laid close to the mill to ‘put her to sleep’ for the winter.

After appalling weather on the previous day ‘Cobweb day’ dawned fine and sunny and just over 50 people, of all ages, took part in weaving the web this year.

A web some 30 feet in diameter (one of our largest) slowly emerged, watched over by numerous onlookers on the mill apron. When completed,  the web was carried and gently laid on the nearby grass, where it gleamed in the sunshine.

Some people had been at previous web making events and we were pleased to welcome members from the ‘Coffee N Cars’ group of American car owners who visited the mill earlier in the season.  Hot drinks were popular and there were a large number who then enjoyed guided tours of the windmill.

Heage Windmill will reopen on the first weekend of April 2020 and our 222 year ‘Old Lady’ can now enjoy some peace and quiet.

However, the mill will open throughout the winter months on the second Saturday of each month for the sale of flour only (no  tours) from 10 am  to 1-00 pm and of course, Santa is coming on Sunday December 1st and will be with us from 11 am until 3-00 pm.  More information on this nearer the time.

Classic Bikes ‘a memorable day’

Well over 200 classic motor bikes came to Heage Windmill in what was their second visit of 2019.  The weather was exceptionally kind with lots of bright sunshine and the crowds flocked in to enjoy both the bikes and the mill.

The bikes were of all types, ranging from tourers to out-and-out racers, and included many well known makes such as BSA, Honda, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Kawasaki.

By the time the mill opened at 11-00 am there were already dozens of bikes lined up with their proud owners standing close by to answer any questions posed by the visitors.

The Best Bike of the Day was judged to be a Kawasaki Z1B 1975 900cc. The proud riders of this bike – Maureen and Neil Warburton from Draycott – were presented with the Dave Cleaver Memorial Trophy plus the certificate for the Best Bike of the Day by Colin Clemens, who organises the bikes coming to the mill. The owner of the bike is Maureen Warburton.

Photo of the winner courtesy of Lynn Allen and other photos by Anthony Sharp.

The ever-popular Bric-a-Brac stall was on site and received a lot of attention.  All in all it was a memorable day.


Tractor Day Great Success

On the first day of September, a beautiful dry day brought a host of tractors and a stream of visitors to see them.

While several tractors were completely restored, some were in their original state.  On display was a wide variety of makers, plus a gleaming steam engine and an assortment of stationary engines, all in steam.  A great favourite for the children was a working scale model steam engine with a trailer behind.



The winner of the Tractor Day certificate for the Best Tractor of the Day was Dave Watson with his Fordson Super Major (see below).  Also pictured are John Allsopp on the left presenting the certificate with a trophy being presented by Joe Hancock (in the middle).

The little boys enjoying the day are Thomas (left)  and Reuben on a Grey Fergie – tractor drivers of the future, perhaps.

All photographs are by Anthony Sharp.


The driver of the Pink Fordson Dextra is Mandy Phillips, whose tractor is sited next to the winning one.

There was enough wind to turn the sails of the 222-year-old windmill and a large number of people enjoyed guided tours and learned how her machinery produced flour. Event organiser Lynn Allen said ‘It’s been a great day and thank you to the exhibitors for coming and supporting the Mill – we are always glad to welcome them to Heage.’

There was a hot food van on site plus the ever popular Bric-Brac stall. All profits from the day will go to the upkeep and maintenance of the windmill.