Appeal for volunteers to help run Burgh le Marsh windmill
A SMALL group of community spirited volunteers are looking for some extra hands to help retain an important heritage piece for future generations.
The Burgh le Marsh windmill heritage committee has launched an appeal for more volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the mill as they develop some upcoming improvement projects.
The grade I listed 19th century mill is owned by Lincolnshire County Council but is run by the small group of volunteers.
Malcolm Ringsell, treasurer of the committee, said they want more people to help with the running as plans to try to improve amenities continue to be developed.
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He said: "People can volunteer in all sorts of ways. We are looking for people who could help show visitors around the mill, work in our popular tea shop and help with maintenance jobs. Volunteers could also learn milling once the sails are repaired this winter.
"We are doing this push now ready for the next season. The sails are coming down later in October and once they are repaired and turning again we hope to attract even more visitors."
For the first time for several years, the mill has been open every day this summer, with takings from the Granary tea room contributing towards projects and maintenance of the mill.
Weekly lottery and bingo sessions have been running for some time and they too have brought in much needed funds. A stairlift has recently been purchased and installed and there are plans to provide a new toilet area to include disabled facilities as well as heritage films in the tea room for disabled people, who can not access the upstairs heritage centre.
Mr Ringsell added: "Keeping the mill alive is vital to Burgh le Marsh and an increase in visitor numbers can only benefit the whole community.
"It is expected that the mill will remain open to visitors every weekend until the end of October and a new schedule for opening will be put in place for 2013. It is hoped that volunteers who come forward now will be able to spend some time familiarising themselves with the facilities during the quiet winter months ready for the return of the sails."
If you would like to volunteer in any way, complete a contact form available from The Community Tea Room in the village, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mr Ringsell on 01754 811267.