This Sunday, Heage Windmill will again be visited by a large collection of vintage Tractors.
These machines displaced the horse as the motive power for farms and similar activities and now they are themselves being regarded as ‘collectables’. They will stand displayed adjacent to our 222-year-old wind machine!
Tractors will include 60-year-old Fordsons and Massey Fergusons. John Allsop, who organises the Tractor group, said: ‘We are always happy to come to the windmill’.
The tractors will be supported by some stalls, including a burger van and, if the weather permits, our now quite famous bric-a-brac stall, where one person’s junk becomes someone else’s treasure!
The tractors will arrive from about 10-30 am and will be with us until around 3-30. The mill will, of course, be open for guided tours.
All funds raised will go to the upkeep of the Mill.
At what is now a bi-annual event, well over 300 classic motor bikes made Heage Windmill their destination on Sunday 13th May.
The weather was very kind and a lot of bright sunshine shone down on the event, with just enough wind to gently turn the sails!
Over 600 visitors came specially to see and touch these gleaming machines and many also ended up touring the windmill or obtaining the flour, stone milled by the wind, at Heage.
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 and, notably, some beautiful Vincents, Harley Davidsons, and an MV Augusta.
The best bike was judged by a mill ‘expert’ to be a BSA 1959 A10.
The proud owner Mike Sears was presented with a certificate and the newly launched ‘Dave Cleaver’ trophy, commemorating a man who just loved bikes. This was presented by Colin Clemens, who organised the bikes on show.
There were a number of back up stalls, including a Tombola and a raffle, whilst refreshments were in high demand.
All in all the day was a great success, with great feedback from everyone involved.
All profits, of course, go into keeping the mill working and improving the available facilities.
Tractor day at Heage Windmill on Sunday September 4th was a roaring success, and even the sun came out later in the day.
Some two dozen carefully restored tractors – of a variety of well known makes – were lined up in the paddock area and visitors were able to examine, discuss and in some cases sit on them!
We were also pleased to be able to fly, for the first time, the 2016 Flag of Excellence , provided by Trip Advisor, marking our second year in that category as a tourism site.
The Nunsfield House radio club were in attendance and were making contact with other amateur radio stations round the world.
They had some special news to impart: one of their members who was on site, Stephan Latimer, was the winner of a prize draw made at the mill, at noon. His prize, a week in a holiday cottage in Belper, had been donated by local man, Barry Lewis, and all proceeds have gone into the mill repair fund TAMA (Trouble at the Mill).
Also on the day, we were presented with a scale model of the windmill, made by Mr Michael Nunns, which took 8 months to make and used approximately 5,500 match sticks.
This excellent model will be on regular display at the mill.
The ever popular bric a brac stall was particularly busy and, again, proceeds went to the mill repair funds. Keeping a 220 year old Grade 2* listed machine in working order needs a lot of money!
Heage Windmill celebrated National Mills weekend by welcoming vintage tractors, ‘superior’ motorbikes and a radio club. In spite of the showers, visitors turned up in their numbers to enjoy the vintage transport.
The vintage tractors are a popular annual attraction and it was a pleasure for visitors to see such gleaming, beautifully restored tractors on display alongside their proud owners.
We also had a first-time visit from the Brough Superior Bikes Group, based in Winster. On display were some of the few Brough Superiors remaining in this country. Some of them have been known to fetch up to £250,000.
These vintage bikes, which were manufactured in the East Midlands between 1919 and 1940, were dubbed the ‘Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles.’ One famous owner – he had 7 – was Lawrence of Arabia.
We are delighted to learn that some of the Brough Superior Bikes Group hope to return for our Classic Bike Event on Sunday, July 27th.
We also enjoyed a visit from the Nunsfield Radio Club who set up portable transmitters over the weekend so they could contact similar groups at mills all over the UK. Ouor thanks to the Group for donation to the windmill.
Below is a gallery of photos taken by Anthony Sharp. Click on any image to view it larger.
Heage Windmill is usually open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from Easter to the end of October, but is currently closed because of Covid-19. See home page for details>
Please note the wind speed. If it is more than 5 or 6 mph, then normally the sails will be turning.
Heage Windmill is owned by Derbyshire CC but is controlled and operated by Heage Windmill Society, a charitable organisation (Reg Charity No 1065980), to whom all profits from running the windmill are donated by the Friends to help ensure its continued preservation