News – what’s happening at the mill?

Residents’ First Weekend

This weekend the mill is taking part in the city-wide Residents’ First Festival. It will be open on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 11am until 4pm. Admission will be free for York residents – please bring your library card or utility bill as proof of residence. Normal admission charges apply for non-residents.

Rich Fruit and Guinness Cake

Ingredients 8 oz butter 8 oz soft dark brown sugar 4 eggs (lightly beaten) 10 oz Holgate wheat flour, 2 tsp mixed spice (sieved or mixed together) 1 lb 8 oz mixed dried fruit About half a bottle of Guinness Method Preheat oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Cream butter and sugar. Gradually beat in eggs. Fold in flour and mixed spice. Add dried fruit and stir in well. Stir in enough Guinness to make a soft dropping consistency. Put in a parchment lined 7” round tin ( preferably not loose based) Bake for one hour then reduce to Gas Mark 2/150 C and bake for a further 1.5 Read More …

Holgate Windmill Preservation Society AGM

All of our members are invited to our Annual General Meeting next Friday 30th November at 7.00pm. The venue is The Holgate, 6, New Lane, Holgate, YO24 4NT. Following the AGM we are delighted to welcome Rob Shorland-Ball who will be presenting his fascinating talk entitled ‘1900 – The largest roller flour mill in Europe:Leetham’s Mill, Hungate, York.’ We hope to see you there.

Making a Holgate Miller’s Smock

Would you like to make a smock like the one Holgate millers wear? Here it is. The design is basically an 18th century man’s shirt (think Poldark). A 5/8” seam allowance is included in these dimensions. It’s assumed you have experience of sewing. Everything is cut from rectangles. Fabric pieces Cut from white cotton or cotton/polyester such as a sheet: One rectangle for front, 26” wide by 30” long (or your preferred length plus 2” for hem). One rectangle for back, same size. Two rectangles for sleeves, 23” wide and as long as the distance from your shoulder to knuckles. Two Read More …

Santa at the Mill

Our very popular Santa at the Mill event is returning this year. Come and visit Santa, indulge in mince pies and hot mulled apple juice and see our mill beautifully decked out for the festive season. £5 per child including a present from Santa, adults free but donations welcome for mince pies and juice. There is no need to book but you may have to wait at busy times. We are open on Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Saturday 8th December from 2pm to 4pm and Sunday 9th December from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

Holgate Windmill at St Crux

Instead of a milling day last Friday the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society were at St Crux Hall in the centre of York for a fundraising event. For the second year we provided home made food in the café and sold a selection of bric-a-brac outside and just like last time we were blessed with some lovely sunny weather. In the café we sold tea and coffee together with a wide selection of home made cakes together with leek and potato soup and filled sandwiches using bread buns baked by one of our commercial outlets, Ainsty Farm Shop – using Holgate Read More …

September Open Days

Come to Holgate and visit the oldest five-sailed windmill. Built it 1770 it worked continuously to 1933 when it fell into disrepair. It is now fully restored and producing delicious stone-ground flour once again. You can explore all four floors of the mill on Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. Adults £3, children £1. Under 5s and HWPS members have free entry. We are open from 11am – 4pm. Don’t forget the mill shop is open every Saturday morning from 10am – 12pm for flour, exclusive wooden bread boards, spatulas and coasters, plus aprons, tea towels Read More …

August Open Days

Enjoy a sunny day in our historic windmill. This weekend we are fully open so you can explore all four floors of the mill. Join us on Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th August. Adults £3, children £1. Under 5s and HWPS members have free entry. We are open from 11am – 4pm. The mill is also open on Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August. Come and see our fascinating new exhibition on the unique multi-sailed mills across the country. Don’t forget the mill shop is open every Saturday morning from 10am – 12pm for flour, exclusive Read More …

Spelt Rolls

The addition of spelt flour adds texture and taste to these rolls. I make the dough for the rolls using the bread maker. Although this takes longer than making it by hand (around 3 ¼ hours in my machine) this produces a good quality “smooth and silky” dough which is easy to handle. Oven at 220C, fan 200C Ingredients  1 tsp easy bake dried yeast 9  oz strong white flour 9 oz Holgate wholemeal spelt flour 1oz butter 1½ tsp salt 330 ml water Method Weigh the ingredients and put them into the bread pan in the correct order for your machine. Insert Read More …