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 Read More …
Wrap up warm and join us for a great weekend at the windmill. On Saturday our archives will be on display in the mill, So if you’e ever wondered about the history of the mill or of Holgate village come along to explore the documents, photographs and meet the mill historian from 11am – 4pm. On Sunday morning from 11am – 12pm join in the fun of pancake day at the mill, eat pancakes made with our own stone-ground flour and race around the mill. No booking is required for either event and usual entrance fees apply. £3 adults, £1 Read More …
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 Read More …
Holgate Windmill is proud to be taking part in York’s Residents’ First Weekend this year. Many attractions across the city will be open to York residents for free. See local press for other offers such as discounts at local restaurants and shops. The windmill will be open from 11am – 4pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January. Entry is free for all York residents with a York card, local library card or utility bill. Usual entrance fee applies for other visitors. We hope you will join us.
Our mill shop is open every Saturday, 10am – 12pm, through the winter. We stock a great range of flour, mill merchandise, local honey and greeting cards, plus new for December a fabulous range of wooden items. Yorkshire company Hot Dot Laser have created a special range for Holgate windmill. A sturdy bread board £20, wooden spoon and spatula £2 each, stunning keyring £2 and our very own ‘toaster coaster’ £3. All made in the UK we are excited to bring these quality items to 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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.