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Events at the Mill – 2 February 2018

Thursday was windy and an excellent milling day so some of the milling team met and milled around 70kg of grain. There was also quite a bit of cleaning up during the week from the Residents Festival Weekend as the bottom staircase and Stone Floor floorboards had seen plenty of wet foot traffic and were dirty and slippery in places. Friday’s regular milling day saw us bag up all of the flour produced on Thursday so the shelves are now full again after some excellent sales over the weekend. As you know we now have a re-cogged electric drive wheel and this needs running in. We crossed our fingers and ran the electric stones for about 30 minutes slowly increasing the motor speed and after a few strange noises the gear teeth seemed to be settling in and started to run quietly. We milled around 20kg of flour and then examined the timber teeth – they are showing some marking but this is to be expected as they will wear down to accommodate the cast iron drive gear. This is work in progress over the next few weeks ...
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Events at the Mill – 26 January 2018

Today was a normal Friday milling day and we proceeded to bag up the remainder of our wind milled flour so that the shelves are now full for this weekend’s Residents Festival. The mill is open both days at our usual times 11.00am to 4.00pm Alison Leadbetter, who manages our commercial flour sales, suggested that we might try a new gift bag idea for sale in the shop (see photo). We have had quite a few people over the years who have not baked bread before and would like some initial guidance so Alison has come up with a gift bag which contains 500g of our wholemeal flour and 500g of coarse flour plus some yeast, a sheet with two recipes and flour and mill information. These are on sale this weekend at £4.00 so it will be interesting to see if they are popular. We had a tidy up for the weekend and Ulla cleaned the glass viewing panel in the cap floor, so if you wondered how this stays so clean now you know who to thank. And Rosy greased the curb ring in the cap – something that we do weekly, especially if the cap is sitting ...
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Fresh Paint

The mill has just been repainted and looks like new: sparkling white cap and sails, crisp black wall, shiny black railings. The work was done by York company Novus Solutions and the total cost was approximately £18,000. It was paid for partly from the mill's general maintenance fund and with generous assistance from the Co-Op Community Fund and the Feoffees of St Michael's Spurriergate. We are very grateful for their contributions. ...
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Visit by That’s York TV

On 30 June Anna Riley came to the mill to interview Steve Potts and Jenny Hartland about winning the QAVS and how much our volunteers mean to us. That's York TV is a new venture based at St John's College concentrating on local York events and news. It can be found on Freeview Channel 8. See the video clip about the mill at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-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' ...
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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 received a certificate signed by Her Majesty and a QAV crystal, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at a ceremony held on 12 September 2017 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. Don't miss the best way to round off the year! ...
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“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 ...
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