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 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.
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.
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 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.