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.
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.
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 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:-
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
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
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.