Burgh Windmill to have its sails restored to their former glory
BURGH Windmill will soon be back to its former glory as work on its sails is scheduled to take place from next month.
Built in the early 1800s the five-sail windmill is due to be stripped of its sails for vital restoration work on February 18.
The mill saw a delay to the work due to the retirement of the county millwright.
Site manager Malcolm Ringsell said: "We are very much looking forward to the work being carried out.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
"Now we have funding and have found a new millwright we are looking forward to around the end of July when the sails can be put can be back up."
It is not just the mill itself that is having a facelift.
The mill's tea rooms are currently being refurbished to welcome more people to the mill.
The room will feature new furniture and a friendlier layout and plans to be open to the public on Sunday, February 2, at 10.30am.
Chairman of the Burgh Heritage Committee Neil Cooper said: "The Mill shop has been neatly redesigned, a floodlight has been put up to illuminate the whole of the car park, fittings have been acquired for redesigning the Granary Tea Room serving area for health and safety reasons and also to improve the work area.
"Other health and safety problems are gradually being addressed - a never-ending cycle."
The mill site has also benefited from being open for extra days over the summer both financially and through the number of visitors enjoying the Heritage experience.
Neil added: " We have now been given permission to paint all the outbuildings, a considerable yet much needed task."
The lottery is continuing into 2013 under new management. There are some outstanding draws to be done that were delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.
All subscribers should have received notification of this by letter.
Any queries or applications to join the Lottery should be made to Malcolm on 01754 811267 or at the mill tearoom.
Emails can be sent to email@example.com All money raised by the lottery will be used to maintain and develop the windmill site.
The Parish Council, through the Events Committee, are seeking to increase the use of the Heritage site to stage community events.
The Heritage Committee is keen to support these ventures.
Malcolm added: "None of this work can be done without the hard work of our volunteers and we are always on the look out for new members.
If you are interested in volunteering at the mill call Malcolm on 01754 811267.