Mills Weekend raises £1,000 for historic Bardwell windmill

The open day at Bardwell Windmill.

The open day at Bardwell Windmill. - Credit: Archant

The annual Mills Weekend was a huge “success” at Bardwell Windmill, near Bury St Edmunds, with more than £1,000 raised.

The open day at Bardwell Windmill. David Cobb with his 4+1/2 inch scale Burrell engine.

The open day at Bardwell Windmill. David Cobb with his 4+1/2 inch scale Burrell engine. - Credit: Archant

The national initiative sees mills up and down the country open up to the public in a bid to raise vital funds and support the upkeep of the historic buildings.

Jonathan Wheeler, who runs the mill, said: “It was very successful. There was an awful lot of people turning out.

“We completely sold out of bread and there was a constant flow of visitors.”

The working windmill, which has been restored by Mr Wheeler with the help of volunteers, relies on donations for its ongoing refurbishment and upkeep.

The open day at Bardwell Windmill. Will Wooster making bread with flour from the mill.

The open day at Bardwell Windmill. Will Wooster making bread with flour from the mill. - Credit: Archant


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The historic building opened its doors on Sunday, when visitors could witness the flour mill in operation.

The restoration of the mill was supported by the Friends of Bardwell Mill, who raised hundreds of thousands to complete the project.

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Mr Wheeler added: “It was great to see so many of the friends and our supporters turn up. They make it possible to keep the mill running.”

The next event will be the annual Steam Threshing Day on August 23.

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