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

Sussex windmills Jack and Jill ‘could dance together’

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

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.

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.

For a larger version of this picture – please visit our gallery.

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 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 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 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

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