Floral, Choral and Car Displays make up a memorable weekend

Heage Windmill’s floral display inside St Luke’s Church

Floral displays, choral singing and a ‘triumphant’ array of cars made the last weekend of June a memorable one at Heage Windmill.

This particular weekend sees the traditional flower festival at neighbouring St Luke’s church which the Friends of the mill continue to support by decorating not only one of the church windows but also the interior of the windmill.

All types of containers were brought into use and there were floral displays all over the windmill. They were much appreciated by our visitors and amongst the comments was: ‘A perfect match of containers and flowers for a windmill – Royal Horticultural Society watch out!’

Saturday also saw the Derventio Choir from Derby give a musical concert, entertaining us with a wide variety of songs, ranging from folk tunes to big show songs.  They were much appreciated by all present.

To round off an excellent weekend we had a visit from the Derwent Valley Triumph Sports Six club which was celebrating  its 25th anniversary.

They brought almost 50 cars of assorted Triumph models over the years, with a range of colours sufficient to match the flowers!

Several awards were made with the club presenting the ‘Best in Show’ trophy to the Triumph Renown (made 1949 to 1954), a ‘big brother’ to the Mayflower  model.  These cars were much enjoyed by all the people on site.

Classic Bikes this Sunday, September 10

This Sunday we again have a rally of classic road and racing motor bikes, from a variety of countries including Britain Italy and Japan, all assembled at the windmill, from 11-00 until about 4-00pm.

There will be a great assortment of these bikes, most carefully restored to their original gleaming condition by their now loving owners.

The bikes on show could well include a BSA Rocket, a Kawasaki 750 Dragster, Suzuki T20 – dating from 1967 – as well as more well-known models, such as Matchless, Royal Enfield and Triumph.

There will be great photo opportunities as well as maybe a chance to sit on one of the ‘beasts’.

The event will be again backed up by our popular bric-a brac stall (weather permitting) where the item you have been looking for could just be available.

There will also be a burger van on site for the day. And, of course, our dear ‘Old Lady’, the 220 year old  windmill, will be open for guided tours.

Vintage Cars and 40s theme at Windmill

Heage_Windmill_40s_Theme_Vintage-Car 006Heage Windmill recently enjoyed a visited by 16 cars of pre-1940s vintage.

Heage_Windmill_40s_Theme_Vintage-Car 007But more than that: all the occupants were dressed in 1940s style and they came prepared, with picnic tables – some with table cloths –  and food to match.

The cars were a variety of makes including Alvis, Austin, Rover and Triumph, and all  gleamed in the sun light.  They came from all parts of the UK, too

Heage_Windmill_40s_Theme_Vintage-Car 002There was a further attraction: one of our visitors produced a wind-up gramophone and proceeded, much to the delight of the other visitors, to perform 1940s type dances.

It was such a success our visitors said they intend to come again as soon as they can arrange it, so expect to see this event billed for 2017.

What made the day even more complete was the fact that the windmill sails turned all day for the first time since last August.  Truly a memorable day.