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Cobweb to close Windmill

Heage windmill closes for the season after the last weekend of October each year, reopening the following Easter and then our 220 year ‘Old Lady’ can enjoy some peace and quiet. Over the years since, she was restored in 2002, the ceremonial practice of putting her ‘to bed’ has developed into quite an event. A large cobweb is slowly spun on the apron in front of the mill, its size being determined entirely by the number of people, both grown up and youngsters, who take part in the spinning operation. Under the guidance and tuition of our ‘head spider’, Lynn Allen, the cobweb, made from stretchy knicker elastic, slowly emerges and then is gently laid close to the mill to ‘put her to sleep’ for the winter.

This year the web will be spun on Sunday October 29th, commencing at 12 noon and all are invited to come and participate in what is in fact a great communal event, with much enjoyment for all involved.

If you have never made a cobweb why not come along and have a try?

The mill will however wake up from her slumbers from time to time to enable flour to be sold on the second Saturday of each month, from 10 – 1pm.

She will also come to life on Sunday December 3rd when Santa will again visit his grotto in the mill and meet his young (and older) admirers – more details on this will be available later.

The windmill will be open during 2017 (11-00am to 4-00pm) every weekend from April 1st until the end of October.

Admission Charges for 2017
Adults £4.00, Concessions (including Gold Cards) £3.50, Children (5-16) £2.00 (parents can buy one and get one free for children in the same age group) Children under 5 are free.
Organised Adult parties of up to 10 people - £50.00. For each additional person £5.00 is payable.
School Parties and other children’s groups Standard charge of £40.00 for up to 28 people (contact Lynn on 01773 715177)

See web site for more information www.heagewindmill.org.uk


16 October | Amber Sound FM News

 

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