National Mills Weekend takes place across the UK every May, with more than 300 windmills and watermills opening their doors to the public. This annual festival of our milling heritage is the chance for everyone to explore their local mills. Participating mills include many not normally open to the public, with a range of special events and family-friendly activities. In 2022, National Mills Weekend will be held on 7th and 8th May. Our own mill will be open from 2:30 pm on Sunday 8th.
Local Radio Hams will be working from inside the Round House to contact other windmills in the UK and beyond. In the past, they have made contact with windmill projects in France, the Netherlands, and all over the UK.
A diamond date
2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the moment that the windmill passed into public ownership. The Borough Council, worried that the mill would be destroyed by neglect and the weather, purchased it for £2250 and repair work began. But damage sustained during a gale in 1976 meant that the mill was once again in danger. The High Salvington Mill Trust was formed and the decision taken to restore the mill completely. The hurricane of 1987 gave the mill its first taste of renewed life. The great wind turned the single pair of sails for the first time, although the brake was on!
Sixty years on, the Trust decided to hold an open day to the public, to promote the mill and spark the interest of local residents to help us to keep up the good work. May 12th was the chosen day and hundreds of visitors turned up to look at the special exhibitions organised by the team of archivists, take part in a photography competition, and browse the exhibitions. And of course, the guides were kept busy.
There was no admission charge that day, but funnily enough, donations added up to almost as much as would have been charged at the gate.
For more information about national events visit this link.