It has certainly been a strange 18 months for us all – but there has been lots happening at North Leverton Windmill, even though they had to close to visitors.
Truly local flour
The windmill continued to do what it does best, grinding corn to make flour. A click and collect system was put in place and they are proud to say that their volunteers fulfilled every order and continued to supply local people, shops, bakers, pubs and nursing homes throughout the whole of lockdown and is still doing so – over 6,500 bags of flour in 2020. That’s a lot of bread and cakes made by local people using a very local product, very few food miles as the wheat came from down the road in Treswell.
Their webpage has had a revamp – see www.north-leverton-windmill.co.uk. Thanks to everyone who sent in photos, drawings and pictures to help build it. They have used lots of the photos on the website, so please have a look and see if you can spot one of yours. A special thanks to Leverton’s Jono Rich, whose fabulous picture has been selected to feature on the website home page.
New visitor centre
With the support of Nottinghamshire Country Council and LEADER funding via DEFRA, the windmill secured grant funding to create a Visitor Centre and amenity space on site for visitors, tourists and local people to enjoy. It will be the first time in over 200 years (208 to be precise) that a cup of tea made with mains power will be served at the windmill.
Both the warehouse and railway hut have been transformed and they are looking forward to welcoming people again now that COVID restrictions have been lifted. They now have space and power to host many more cultural events, business meetings, club gatherings, parties and what a wonderful backdrop for wedding photos? – the possibilities are endless and will ensure the sustainability and future of the windmill.
Family fun weekend
The official opening will take place over heritage weekend which co-insides with 2021 Heritage Open Days on 11th and 12th September. Most of you will know this weekend as their ‘Family Fun Weekend’ which includes ‘Mill Fest’ and ‘Wheels at the Windmill’.
I think it’s fair to say that we are all ready for a good day (and evening) out, and there will be lots to see and do for all the family. Parking and entrance to mill yard is free – there will be a small admission charge for adults to the main field to help cover increased costs this year – but this gets you raffle tickets to the grand raffle and live music. The windmill will be open, but numbers will be limited, so if you want to guarantee to be able to ‘go up’ the windmill please book in advance. For those who are less mobile they will live stream video from the upper floors to the visitor centre. In addition to the windmill, there will be tea, coffee and cakes, make your own pizza, crepes, burgers, fudge and, of course, ice cream and the Bees Knees Bar. There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, craft stalls, lots of wheels, and Ruby and her other feathered friends… and the ever popular Fun Dog Show. The event opens at 12.00pm both days and more details can be found on Facebook @northlevertonwindmill or the website.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support – all proceeds from the event go to the upkeep of North Leverton Windmill ( a registered charity) so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do.
The windmill is now open every Saturday from 11.00am to 3.00pm and at other times by arrangement – call 01427 880254 or 07968 969424.