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.

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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.

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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:

Website – http://www.hwallisltd.co.uk/sales
Telephone – 01342 775 600
Email – info@hwallisltd.co.uk

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)

Check our Gallery for images of Neil from Wallis’s at work on our mower at Outwood Mill.

Rottingdean windmill vandalised – Investigation Launched

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

Surrey Air Ambulance In Real Life Mission At Outwood Mill

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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.

Make a donation to Surrey Air Ambulance here.

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.

Six Youths Arrested Over Fire That Destroyed Historic Windmill In Holland

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:

http://www.amsterdamherald.com/index.php/allnews-list/207-20120411-windmillfire

Outwood Mill is now on Google Plus+ – Come Join Us!

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.

http://gplus.to/outwoodmill

We look forwards to seeing you there and sharing with you.

Outwood Mill welcomes 12th Caterham (Parsons Pightle) Scouts

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.

Gallery – Outwood Mill Gallery
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/outwoodmill
Google+ – http://gplus.to/outwoodmill

Outwood Mill Mystery Man (Perhaps an Outwood Miller).

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 info@outwoodmill.com and we publish the results once we have pinned down who our Mystery Man is.

Rare Volkswagen Camper Rig Visits Outwood Mill

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.

Outwood Mill Twitter Following Reaches the 1000 Mark!

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Outwood Mill is becoming “Big” in the Social Networking arena!

After a dedicated marketing campaign by “webdesignhaus.co.uk” (Our internet design & Marketing partner) the dedicated twitter following for Outwood Mill has now exceeded over 1,000 people and/or organisations.

The nett result of this has been a definite increase in visitor numbers to Outwood Mill and more bookings for Schools, Scouts and other organisations.

Interestingly, because of the way webdesignhaus have targeted the right kind of followers for us in Twitter we have seen a large number of enquiries from National and International media publications and have been mentioned on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, The Independent Newspaper, The Times Educational Supplement and even by National Geographic who are considering doing an article on the Windmill at Outwood.

We know that as our investment into marketing begins to bear fruit the benefit to the Mill and Outwood Village will be enormous.

Watch this space as with the expertise being provided to us by WebDesignHaus it won’t be long before we are reporting that we’ve hit 5,000 dedicated followers.

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Outwood Post Mill Featured On Stikinotes.com

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After a recent visit to Outwood Mill by someone from Stikinotes.com. Outwood Mill is the FIRST Windmill in the UK To be featured on the Stikinotes.com site.

Stikinotes.com is a great way to share the places you have been to and also a fun way to find new places to visit based on the experiences of other people using Stikinotes.com.

Stikinotes is also available as an app for your phone so you can get information about things to do and places to visit while you are on the move and whats more you can even add places while you are visiting them! How cool is that!

Thanks again to Jessica from Stikinotes for adding us on the site.

Our stikinotes page is at – http://www.stikinotes.com/explore/669/outwood-windmill.aspx

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