A few nights ago we had a visit from a keen local photographer by the name of Craig Woodjetts. Craig who takes product photographs professionally was keen to capture Outwood Mill against the backdrop of the incredible starry skies that we often see at the mill.
Outwood Mill sits atop a hill some 400 feet above sea level and being very much in the countryside, there is little light pollution meaning that the night vistas are often spectacular. Craig was fully aware of this and chose the mill as the location for his stunning photograph because of the beauty and interest of the mill as a frontispiece to the incredible night sky that he has captured in this amazing photograph.
Craig, and his friend George, braved the chill of the night air to get this image and spent some considerable time setting up the shot which is acheived by taking a picture with a long exposure. Craig also used a wide angle lens to get as much of the night sky into the picture as possible.
Clearly Craig has a natural talent which allows him to take such great pictures, coupled with his technical understanding of how cameras work and the very professional equipment that he uses results in the sort of brilliant image seen here. Craig is now looking to take some pictures of the mill during the day (when the light and weather are better) and we can’t wait to see how these come out.
All of us here at Outwood Mill think this is an absolutely spectacular image taken by a young man with a real talent and passion for photographic art.
Craig is available for freelance work, weddings and all other forms of photography and can be reached by contacting us here at Outwood Mill.
Check out our gallery page to see the full image.
Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists of Lingfield now Looking After Outwood Mill Mowers & Gardens Machinery
Outwood Mill are delighted to announce that Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists based in Lingfield (Click Here For Wallis Website) are now appointed to look after all the Garden Machinery at Outwood Mill.
We contacted the lovely people at Wallis a few weeks back when one of our Tractor Mowers developed a fault. Due to the age of the mower we thought it was destined for the scrapheap.
However, Neil, one of the Wallis Mower Guru’s was on site in a couple of days and had the deck off our mower in a matter of minutes! Clearly these guys know what they are about when it comes to mowers! Neil diagnosed in less than 5 minutes that the blades needed a good sharpening and that one of the belts needed replacing and that a new battery was neeeded.
Anyway, Neil disappeared back to Wallis’ with the deck and less than 4 days later he was back with the deck all repaired and runnning, a new battery which he fitted and a new ignition lock and key which again Neil expertly fitted. Neil had the mower running again in less than half an hour after his arrival and kindly offered to dispose of the old battery for us.
Neil from Wallis Garden Machinery testing the mower at Outwood Mill.
It’s rare these days that you find such incredible customer service coupled with great prices and a willingness to go that “extra mile” for the customer. Clearly Wallis’s & Neil have that committment to caring for the customer and building long term relationships with their customer base. We’ve been so impressed with Wallis that we have already spread the word and told everyone we’ve met so much so that we thought we’d tell our dedicated following online via our blog too!
Our mower is now running better than it has in a long long time and is cutting like a new mower. We’ve now asked the team at Wallis to find us a sweeper for our mower which they are sure they can do and no doubt they’ll deliver another round of fab customer service then as now.
In todays world we are often quick to complain when things go wrong but seldom compliment when things are done right. Wallis’s MD Ian and Neil are obviously “old school” when it comes to looking after clients and we won’t be going anywhere else in future for our mower or garden machine requirements.
Neil from Wallis Garden Machinery repairing the mower at Outwood Mill.
Outwood Mill recommends Wallis unreservedly and so if you need anything in the Garden Machinery line, from a new tractor mower to spares and repairs of your existing equipment then get in touch with Ian or Neil at Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists – you can contact them here:
Tell them that you saw the write up on Outwood Mill’s website and be sure to tell all your friends and family as we feel sure that once you have experienced great value and customer from Wallis’ you will want everyone to know too!
Once again our heartfelt thanks here at Outwood Mill go out to Ian, Neil and all the team at Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists, Lingfield (Click for Google Map directions)
Police are investigating how thugs vandalised a historic Sussex windmill.
The windmill in Rottingdean was targeted over the weekend and local residents have since contacted Brighton and Hove City Council and asked it to clean it.
Geoff Rawlings, of Beacon Hill, Ovingdean, yesterday said: “I was walking my dog this morning when I saw it.
“The whole area is devastated. I just couldn’t believe that anyone could do that to the Rottingdean Windmill.
“It’s part of the backdrop of the Sussex Coast and someone has done this to it.
“It’s about 3ft big. It’s not discreet – it’s really in your face.
“It’s our national monument and has been there for hundreds of years and then someone goes and defaces it – it’s horrible.”
Sergeant Neil Durkan, of Sussex Police, said: “We have become aware of the graffiti and are investigating. We would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.”
Source: The Argus
25 June 2013 Last updated at 21:37 BST
Two landmark mills on the Sussex Downs, affectionately known as Jack and Jill, could be seen “dancing in the wind together” for the first time in living memory.
Post mill Jill is in working order after years of preservation by enthusiasts, while the new owner of tower mill Jack plans to replace its cap and sweeps to bring it back to working order for the first time since 1906.
Robin Gibson spoke to Jack’s owner Jolyon Maugham, and Jill trustee Paul Barber.
Source: BBC – Watch a Video
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.