News – what’s been happening at the mill?

Fresh Paint

The mill has just been repainted and looks like new: sparkling white cap and sails, crisp black wall, shiny black railings. We are most grateful for your donations which contributed to the cost and very pleased with the results.

Visit by That’s York TV

On 30 June Anna Riley came to talk to us about winning the QAVS and how much our volunteers mean to us. See the video clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-H5EbxSTOk. Or go to thats.tv, select ‘local stations’, click York on the map, click on ‘York news’ and scroll down to the item ‘Holgate Windmill Preservation Society given Queen’s Award’.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Holgate Windmill Preservation Society is deeply honoured to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which is the MBE for volunteer groups. It is a reflection of the passion and commitment of our past and present committee and volunteers in preserving, restoring and making a community resource of our wonderful windmill. In recognition of the award HWPS will receive a certificate signed by Her Majesty and a QAV crystal, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at a ceremony to be held on 12 September 2017.  

Thank you to Co-Op members

We would like to thank members of the Co-Op who chose the windmill as a beneficiary of their Co-Op Local Community Fund. This raised over £1700 and has paid much of the cost of replacing the rules.

New rules at the mill

No not those rules! These rules are the long thin timbers along the edges of the sails. Their job is to open and close the shutters as they are pulled up or down, rather like the rods on a louvre window. They are made of laminated larch but were starting to rot from water penetration, and this spring all ten rules were replaced by our millwright and several volunteers.

Exhibition: The Lost Windmills of York

This year’s exhibition is called The Lost Windmills of York and will be on show until the end of the season’s open days. It reveals the sites, images and stories of many of York’s lost mills. Anna Cook, our archivist would like to hear from anyone with images or stories of any York mills to contact us via this website so more can be added.

Fun at St Crux

On 24 March we had a fund raising day at St Crux Church Hall which was very successful, and raised £1200 for mill maintenance. The money went toward replacing the long timber rules which operate the sail shutters. At St Crux visitors could buy soup and cakes made by mill supporters and bread rolls made by Ainsty Farm Shop from windmill flour. There was also  jewellery and a varied selection of bric a brac to buy. Lovely weather and enthusiastic volunteers made it a delightful day.

Santa in the Windmill

December is almost here and Santa has promised to visit Holgate Windmill again this year. He’ll be bringing his sack of presents, for children aged 0 to 11, to the mill on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Saturday 10th December from 2 to 4 pm, and Sunday 11th December from 10am to 12 and 2 to 4 pm. No booking is required but come early as it will be busy. The cost is £5 per child, with accompanying adults enjoying the fun for free. Mince pies, mulled apple juice and free craft activities will keep everyone entertained all the way up this unique grotto. Read More …

“Picturing the Mill” – Photography for a Summer Saturday

What’s happening? One of our resident photographers, Nick Ansell, will be at the mill this Saturday. He will be displaying a selection of images he has captured of the mill and it’s restoration over the years. You’ll be able to see the mill in it many moods and discuss different aspects of it’s photography. Whether you’re a professional, enthusiast or selfie-snapper there’s plenty of material here to work with! Come and see us any time between 11:00 and 4:00pm on Saturday 27th August. Bring your own camera and let your creativity loose.

Summer Saturdays

We’re looking forward to July as we will be starting our Summer Saturdays, which are extra events in the mill on open day Saturday afternoons. We begin on 2 July with a demonstration of traditional hand spinning from Madeline Evans of York and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. See how easy it looks then try it yourself! On 16 July Jenny Hartland, one of the creators of this year’s exhition Seeing the Wood and the Trees will talk about woods, what we use them for and where they are found in the windmill. More events will be held Read More …