Spiced Holgate Apple Cake Recipe

4 oz butter 6 oz soft dark brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 8 oz Holgate wholemeal flour plus 2 tsps baking powder 1 tsp ground mixed spice 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 lb apples (any kind) peeled, cored and chopped 3-4 tbsps milk clear honey and demerara sugar for topping Line a 7″ round cake tin, or a loaf tin with baking parchment. Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs gradually, beating well. Add flour, baking powder and spices and mix well. Fold in apples and milk to make a soft dropping consistency. Fill tin and bake in a pre-heated Read More …

Bob’s Favourite Loaf Recipe

300g Holgate Windmill wholemeal flour 200g strong white bread flour 10g fresh yeast (or one teaspoon dried yeast) 10g salt 325g warm water 25g sunflower or olive oil Mix the flours together in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast (if fresh crumble it in) and the salt. Combine the warm water and the oil and pour into the flour. Work into a soft smooth dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is stretchy and pliable. Allow the dough to rise in a covered bowl in a warm place. Leave for about two hours (the longer the Read More …

Santa in the Mill

Come and visit Santa at Holgate Mill this December. See the mill decorated for Christmas, enjoy a craft activity and climb to the top to meet Santa in his grotto. £5 per child including a gift and free for adults. We are open from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, plus a morning session, from 10 am to 12pm on Sunday 10 December. No booking is necessary. Mince pies, mulled apple juice, and orange juice available for a donation.

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.

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’.

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.  

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.