At first we thought it was one of the regular helicopters that overfly Outwood Mill en route to Redhill Aerodrome a mile and a half away.
Soon it became obvious that something was happening as the drone of helicopter got louder and louder until finally we realised this helicopter was about to set down on Outwood Common.
At first we thought it was a Police Helicopter due to the markings but once we arrived where the Helicopter had set down and saw the road blocked off by a police car it became obvious that a tragic accident had taken place.
Watch the Video of the Surrey Air Ambulance Lifting Off form Outwood Common.
Clearly the Heli-Med crews and the Ground Ambulance crews were working like mad to save the lives of the mortorcycle rider and pillion passenger who had been involved in a terrible smash almost opposite the Bell Inn.
It’s at these times you see the worth of the Ambulance crews, both ground and airborne and what an incredible job they do day to day.
Also – without charitable donations the Helicopter Ambulance, so critical in these kinds of situations wouldn’t be there – so if you do nothing else today we would like to urge you, having seen first hand what a lifeline these Helicopters are, to perhaps hop on over to the Air Ambulance website and make a donation – no matter how small. It could be the difference between saving a life or not.
Finally, all of us here at Outwood Mill, and I feel sure we speak for the whole village, hope and pray that the two people injured in the accident make a full and speedy recovery to full health.
We will keep you posted of any news of course.
In celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee A Beacon was lit tonight (Monday 4th June 2012) on Outwood Common Just opposite the famous Outwood Windmill.
The photograph shows the light of the Beacon reflecting in the night sky off the underside of one of the sweeps and the beacon surrounded by the villagers of Outwood.
The history of these types of beacons is believed to have started in the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First when beacons were lit between Plymouth and London to alert the Queen to the passing of the Spanish Fleet in the English Channel giving forewarning of a potential invasion of Spanish Ships right down into the Thames. Fortunately – history shows that they never made it.
Beacons were lit all over the UK today to mark the occassion of the Jubilee and has it has done the Old Windmill on Outwood Common has stood by and borne silent witness to these important events.
For a larger version of this picture – please visit our gallery.
Six teenage boys have been arrested after an historic windmill in Friesland, Holland was burned to the ground over the Easter weekend.
The Windlust mill in the village of Burum dates back to 1787 and played a key role in hiding fugitives from the Germans during the Second World War.
It was reduced to cinders in a fire on Sunday night which police believe was started by local youths letting off fireworks.
Four boys from Burum, in the north-eastern corner of the province, and the nearby town of Dokkum, aged between 12 and 14, were arrested in the days after the fire and have since been released.
On Wednesday police announced that two boys aged 14 and 15 from Kollum, between Burum and Dokkum, had been detained.
During the Second World War eight refugees were hidden in the cellar of the village church, which overlooked the windmill. The miller used the formation of the sails to let the fugitives know when it was safe to come out.
In 1997 it was sold to the district council in Kolummerrand to be restored.
The full story is reported here:
Saturday 28th of January witnessed the re-enactment of one of those fine old English traditions – The Wassail.
Starting out at The Bell Inn in Outwood (after some not inconsiderable Ale drinking) Torches were lit, Villagers and families gathered to under the call of the Master Wassailer (If thats what he’s called) and accompanied by the Morris Dancers that came to the Village Show, the long cortege of people set off into the cold January night, flames aloft being led in hearty shouts of “Wassail” by the Master.
The picture above shows the wassailers on their way past Outwood Mill, holding their flames aloft.
The parade marched up Scotts Hill past the Old Mill House and left into Gayhouse Lane eventually passing Outwood Mill with its broken sail, which I imagine has witnessed this spectacle for centuries.
Eventually arriving at the piece of ground just beyond the Windmill where all gathered were served with Mulled Cider, which was pretty good gear by all accounts and went down a storm.
A huge bonfire was lit for the occasion and the throng all threw their flaming staffs onto the raging pyre.
Some authentically dressed re-enactment chappies with muskets let fly with those weapons to create some very loud cracks and bangs.
Presently the Master of the Wassail called order to the crowd and gave a brief overview of the Wassail itself. After which he led the throng in a beefy rendition of the ancient wassailing carol to which, amazingly, most of us could follow the words to. This was sung with much gusto and the trees were also wassailed.
After the singing a brief, but nonetheless exciting, fireworks display lit up the sky on Outwood Common after which it was almost a race back to the pub to get in the warm and have a scotch or two (purely to keep out the cold you understand).
Its a delight to see these old customs kept alive and particularly in the village with Englands Oldest Working Windmill!
Well done to the organisers and to The Bell Inn for their hospitality on the night. We’re already looking forward to it next year!
There are more pictures of the Wassailers passing Outwood Mill in the Outwood Mill Gallery
Just this week Outwood Mill was thronging with a group of youngsters from the Hawthorn School Bletchingly.
About 15 students from the school attended with their teachers and it was immediately obvious that they were excited and interested to learn about Outwood Mill and how it worked.
The students all had a go at grinding flour from corn by hand using our miniature quern stones and we’re told that they made a tasty loaf of bread from the Flour they took away with them.
Additionally they all had a go at turning the Windmill around using the Talthur and this was the cause of both great enjoyment and wonderment when they learned that they had just moved 25 Tonnes with relative ease.
All the students went right to the top of the mill (to the bin floor) and had a guided tour and explanation of the inner workings as they descended down through the mill towards the exit.
The students interest was obvious as they asked lots and lots of questions about various parts of the mill and really seemed to enjoy learning about the different aspects of the mill itself.
We were delighted to have the The Hawthorns visit the mill and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future. They have kindly sent a couple of pictures of their visit for us to share.
Although Outwood Mill is 345 Years old its not been afraid to move with the times.
This is why inside Outwood Mill you’ll find engineering from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and even the 21st Century. Its all there like a fossil rock face showing you the progress through the ages.
Now that Outwood Mill is living in the Digital Age we’ve got ourselves a Google Plus account.
If you haven’t heard about Google Plus, its a brand new Social Network (Like Facebook) that set to revolutionise the way we think about being online and sharing between us. Just in the same that Outwood Mill was revolutionary when she was built 345 years ago.
So hop on over to this address to follow us on Google Plus.
We look forwards to seeing you there and sharing with you.
Outwood Mill recetnly had a visit from a local Scout troop based in Caterham.
The 12th Caterham (Parsons Pightle) troop came to the mill for an evening of fun and learning and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Amongst other things they:
- Milled Grain into Flour By Hand
- Turned the Mill into wind by hand
- Looked out from the Bin floor towards london
- Learned how the sails were set
- Learned about the life of A Miller
We took some photos of the troop that evening and with thier kind permission you can see them in our Gallery, on our Flickr account and on our new and shiny Google+ social network.
One of the regular visitors to Outwood Mill is Yasmin Khan and her grandson Tiernan (who we’re always happy to see) recently presented us with a bit of a mystery!
In discussions with Yasmin it came to light that there was a Gentleman who used to be around Outwood Mill around 2009 who, from Yasmin’s recollection said that he was either the Miller or that he helped at the Mill.
Yasmin kindly sent this photo of the man (above) and now we need to find out who he is.
CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THE MAN IN THE PICTURE
We’d love to know who he was and what, if any part he has played in the history of Outwood Mill. Maybe you know him, maybe he’s still around (God willing) and perhaps would like to come to the Mill again.
Please email the mill at email@example.com and we publish the results once we have pinned down who our Mystery Man is.
For the first time in many years Outwood Mill was once again the starting point for the Parade leading up to the opening of the Outwood Village Show 2011.
The Paraders began assembling around 12:30 and this was heralded by the arrival of an almighty American Wartime truck which had to take two goes to get it in the gate! – Then followed an assortment of classic and vintage cars including a 1979 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible, a 1960 Ford Capri, a 1960′s Velocette Motorcycle and a gleaming MG Roadster!
Over the next 30 minutes the grounds of Outwood swelled with many more cars and bikes including a Morgan Sportster, a couple of old Morris’s and some other vintage monsters that we didn’t recognise.
The current incumbents at Outwood Mill laid on some light refreshments to keep everyone going and then the children who were taking part in the fancy dress parade, of which Peter Pan was the theme this year, started to arrive with thier parents. The costumes were great and very well thought out and there were of course lots of Tinkerbells and Peter Pans, however our award for “best costume” should go to Paul Daniels who turned up in Austen 7 Drophead in full “Captain Hook” regalia and he looked every inch the Pirate Captain replete with Tripoint Hat.
Arriving with Paul was Dame Judi Dench who was to open the Village Show once the parade had reached the Lloyd Hall in Brickfield Road. Dame Judi is a staunch support of many community events in village and as usual it was a delight to see her and have her participation.
At the appointed hour the Rampant Morris Men who had been “warming up” for about an hour started to get “itchy feet” and at last the signal was given for the off! The Rampant Morris Men (And women) led the way with Dame Judi & Paul Daniels following in procession leading out of the gates of Outwood Mill. the whole parade then fell in behind and formed a marvellous sight as the convoy of classic cars, Children in Fancy Dress Morris Dancers and many residents of the village headed out and on towards the Lloyd Hall.
At the Lloyd Hall itself there was a plethora of interesting stalls and activities, a punch and judy show kept both kids and adults amused and there was plenty of drinks and food on tap thanks to the boys and girls of the Bell Inn who were handling the catering.
It was great to see so many people turn out for the afternoon and there was some great entertainment from the Lingfield Brass Band, the Llamas and Pony rides were attracting a great deal of interest as were the ferrets from the ferret rescue centre. There were more Classic Cars on Display and plenty of “show bargains” to be had in and around all the stalls.
Fortunately the weather was in fact fabulous and the sun shone down on us all day long and overall the show was, in our opinion, a roaring success.
Congratulations and well done both to those who took part and indeed to the Organisers on the Show Committee and to anyone who had a hand in making our first Outwood Village Show a day to remember!
At Outwood Mill we are already thinking how we can make it an even better start for 2012′s Village Show! Watch this space!
This incredibly rare Volkswagen Camper Rig recently came a calling at Outwood Mill.
Complete with its own little caravan this fabulous camper van has been transformed to a real home from home on the road.
The owners, James & Maja Lamb of Luton, Beds, are long time friends of the current millers and brought the “rig” as the call it along to show us and it was a real treat to see these photos after their visit so that we can show them to you.
The van itself is all kitted out with the latest mod cons including sink, cooker, toilet, beds and even a fridge. When you have a “V Dub” camper all you need is some food, drink, gasoline and the open road. No need to look for a hotel to stay the night. Just rock up at the side of the road, crack open a decent Shiraz and watch the world world go by! Marvellous.
The current millers are toying with the idea of getting a “V Dub” Camper so be surprised to see one up at the mill soon!
There are a few more pics in the gallery for you to enjoy – click here.