Bexhill MP Huw Merriman, joined volunteers of the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust near Herstmonceux to find out more about the historic local windmill .
The windmill has been restored with the help of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other local fundraising.
Huw was invited to visit the windmill by Chair of the Friends of the Windmill, Beatrice Frost, to hear about the latest stage of the restoration project to restore the windmill to full working order so it will soon grind corn into flour by wind power for the first time in 100 years. Huw talked to many members of the volunteer team about their involvement in the largest and most ambitious mill restoration in the UK.
The Windmill Trust is also keen to encourage more schools to visit the windmill which provides an insight into local history and offers educational resources designed for the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
Huw said “I was really pleased to have a full tour of the windmill.
The Trust has managed to preserve a really important and significant piece of local and national history by restoring the windmill at Windmill Hill. It’s a fascinating project and the views from the windmill are outstanding, I would really encourage local people and schools to visit.
“I would like to take an active part in this local project which is why I have agreed to become a patron but I don’t intend to only be a name on a letterhead.
“I’ve asked the Trust to let me know how I can help in more practical ways, and whilst engineering and woodwork may not be my strengths, I’m sure I can roll my sleeves up and get stuck in with the rest of the committed volunteers.”
On behalf of the Trustees Beatrice Frost said “We are delighted that Huw was so enthused by his visit and are really looking forward to having his support for this exciting project.”
The windmill at Herstmonceux is the largest post mill in the country and the tallest post mill in Sussex. The mill is hand-turned.
For more information on the windmill and how to arrange a tour, visit www.windmillhillwindmill.org or telephone 01323 833033.
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