Outwood Mill In A Star Filled Sky By Craig Woodjetts

Outwood Windmill At Night By Craig Woodjetts

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.

Outwood Mill Welcomes The Hawthorn School Bletchingley

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.

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 Post Mill Featured On Stikinotes.com

outwood post mill features on stikinotes.com

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

Outwood Mill – Great Rest Stop For Cycle Clubs

Outwood Mill Bigfoot Cycle Club Bromley Visit Windmill Surrey Tourist Attration

Outwood Mill plays host to Bromley Bigfoot Cycling Club.

On Sunday 1st may 2011 over 60 Cycling Enthusiasts descended on Outwood Mill, the cyclists, all members of the hugely popular Bigfoot Cycle Club of Bromley, kent decided that Outwood Mill would be the perfect “rest stop” on their cycle outing to Brighton and back, a round trip of 114 miles.

Outwood Mill welcomed the cyclists and they were met at the Mill by their support cars where they able to refresh, take a breather, get some well deserved energy foods and use the facilities before setting off again for the run to Brighton.

The colourful cycles and clothing worn by the members made a nice contrast between ancient and modern at the mill and many members tooks a look around Outwood Post Mill and had their photos taken for posterity.

The organisers of the event had contacted the team at Outwood Mill just a week before and we were happy to open the Windmill at 8:30 to accomodate the cyclists.

We look forward to seeing the Bromley Bigfoot Club again in the future and if you are a member of a cycling club and would like to drop in at Outwood Mill as a rest stop then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Check out the images in the Gallery

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