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National Mills Weekend, cars and radio!

The weekend of May 13 &14 is a big one at Heage Windmill!

It’s National Mills Weekend*, organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), when our windmill will be one of the hundreds of wind and water mills throughout the country which will open their doors to visitors, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. The theme this year is ‘Engineers and Engineering’ and so, apart from the marvellous old machinery in our 220 year old windmill, on the Sunday we are welcoming dozens of vintage cars – old power in plenty indeed!

The cars, which are taking part in a rally, will be of assorted makes and models displaying the early motoring technology which led to the well-engineered and reliable vehicles most people drive today. There will be a steady stream of them arriving throughout the day, starting from 9.00 am and continuing until 4.00 pm, although a core of them will be on site all day. It will be something like a lucky dip as to what will be there at any particular time, depending how long one stays on site

Throughout the weekend radio clubs from all over the UK will be based at windmills and water mills, seeking to make contact with other mills, in this country and indeed the world. Over the entire weekend we will once again be hosting the Nunsfield Amateur radio club, based in Derby, who will set up a temporary transmission station and will try to carry the name ‘Heage Windmill’ to the far corners of the world.

The windmill of course will be open for tours on both days, from 11.00 until 4.00 pm, with the last tour starting at 3.30 pm .

*for more info on National Mills Weekend see

Alan Gifford
Trustee HWS

28 April | Amber Sound FM News


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