Queens Jubilee Beacon Lit At Outwood Mill

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.

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Outwood Mill Sees The Wassailers Go by

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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

Outwood Mill Kicks Off Outwood Village Show 2011

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!

Check out the photos from the show in our GALLERY or on Flickr.

Outwood Village Show 2011 Begins At Outwood Mill Again!

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Its that time of year again when the Outwood Village show is upon once again!

This year promises to even bigger and better than previous years as already there is a record numbers of Attractions, stalls and products to be had at the show.

For the first time in many years the show is once again starting at Outwood Mill where the Vintage Cars and Childrens Fancy Dress Parade will begin and make its way to the Lloyd Hall. The Mill and the grounds will be open to those taking part.

There will be tons of fun and activity to be had at the Outwood Village Show 2011 and these include:-

  • Classic & Vintage Cars
  • “Peter Pan” Fancy Dress Parade
  • Lots of Local Food Producers
  • Wonderful Food & Craft Stalls
  • Lingfield Silver Band
  • Meet the Llama’s
  • Pony Magic Rides
  • Childrens Fun Activites
  • Outwood Horticultural Society Annual Show

Plus an evening Barn Dance at Outwood Mill with licenced Bar, food and activities for the kids.

Plus much much more …

So if you love a traditional country show set in one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey then get yourself along to:-

Outwood Village Show 2011

Keep checking http://www.outwood.info for all the latest details

Outwood Mill Starting Point For Outwood Village Show!

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For the first time in a number of years the Village Show, to be held this year on Saturday 3rd September, will begin and end at Outwood Post Mill.

Historically the Outwood Village Parade always used to begin at Outwood Mill, however for the last few years the Windmill at Outwood hasn’t been available for this to happen. However, the new operators, Ray & Tracy, have opened up the Windmill and its grounds once again so that the procession and its participants can once again meet and begin the day at the Windmill.

More details of this will be published both in the forthcoming edition of the Outwood News but also in the Outwood Village Show guide which is being prepared as we speak.

Outwood Mill | Outwood Windmill “Pitch-In-Picnic” a Roaring Success.

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On Saturday 9th July Outwood Post Mill on Outwood Common was opened to residents and families of Outwood Village for a “Pitch-In-Picnic”.

The idea behind this was to allow the new incumbents to get to know their new neighbours and fellow villagers and for the people living in the village to get reacquainted with Outwood Mill itself.

Fortunately the weather was kind and the rain held off for most of the day although there were one or two small spots rain during the afternoon this was interspersed with some quite warm spells.

The mill grounds was the setting for the Picnic and by 3PM the whole lawn was thronging with families and children enjoying the garden games and bouncy castle that had been laid on for them. Although it was noticed that one or two of the adults enjoyed the bouncy castle too.

There was plenty of food too as everyone entered into the spirit of “Pitching in” and the culinary delights ranged from lots of home made savouries, quiches and other munchies to some rather fine Chocolate Cakes and even Scones with Clotted Cream and home made Jam. All of which was accompanied by some good ales and bottles of champagne and of course the obligatory Pimms or Two (or Three or Four … we lost count!).

Both Ray and Tracy really enjoyed meeting everyone and whilst we might not remember all your names immediately it was lovely to see you all and get to know you better and it seemed that everyone enjoyed the Mill itself as many hadn’t been in the windmill before then.

The day was such good fun and such a success that we’ve decided to do it every year. So make a note in your 2012 diaries that the second Saturday in July is the Outwood Village “Pitch In Picnic” at the windmill. We are already planning next years event and we’ll have even more games, activities and fun lined up for everyone to enjoy.

We would like to thank everyone who came and made the day such good fun and created the community feel that Outwood is renowned for. Special thanks must go to Lloyd Hall for the loan of the Gazebo’s and the Tables and Chairs and also to Bill and Anne Morle who helped behind the scenes in “Connecting” us to the right people in the village for things we needed and for helping promote the event in the Outwood News.

Once again, thank you all and we look forward to an even bigger and better “Pitch In Picnic” Next summer.

Outwood Mill – Pitch-In-Picnic Event For Outwood Village

Outwood Village Get Together at Outwood Mill

Mr. & Mrs. Windy Miller (aka Ray & Tracy) would like to cordially invite you all residents of Outwood Village to a village “Pitch In Picnic” at Outwood Windmill on Saturday July 9th, from 2pm onwards.

As many of you know we’ve recently taken up residence at the Windmill and we’d like to get to know all of our fellow villagers better. It’s an opportunity for everyone to participate and come together by bringing something sweet or savoury along to share with everyone else (Hence “Pitch In Picnic”). Additionally perhaps a bottle (or three) of your favourite beverage would add to the occasion.

Of course it’s a great way to get acquainted with the Windmill if you haven’t had a chance to look around it. Children of all ages are of course welcome. We’ll have some entertainment and activities lined up for the day so there’ll be plenty of fun and things to tire out the kids (and the adults too!).

This is an “Outwood Only” event and we’d ask that you would drop us a line at this email address – outwoodmill@gmail.com so that we can get an idea of numbers.

There is no charge for admission as this is a community event designed to help the village come together and have a day of fun and get reconnected with its oldest resident and grand old lady – Outwood Mill

We look forward to meeting you all and enjoying a fun afternoon with you.

Outwood Post Mill – Sponsors St.Lawrence Fair

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Outwood Mill is a St.Lawrence Fair Sponsor

For over 700 years the Sussex Village of Hurstpierpoint has held the St.Lawrence Fair and this year its looking to be bigger than ever.

Outwood Mill was invited to be a major sponsor as the organisers felt that we had an affinity with the village due to it being the location of the famous “Jack & Jill” windmills often shown in Sussex tourist guides. Sadly those windmills are no longer operative and are in provate hands.

Outwood mills’ very own “Windy Miller” (aka Ray) has been “roped in” (pardon the pun) to be on the Tug Of War team by the organisers. It’s an event for which much training is being entered into by the team! (Not!).

St. Lawrence fair is always a fun day out and its great to support other villages in their traditional and historic fairs. Outwood Mill is proud to be a Sponsor.

For more details please visit The St.Lawrence Fair Website

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