A great day for a village as sails turn

Final touches to Bardwell windmill which has had its sails restored
Final touches to Bardwell windmill which has had its sails restored
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A COMMUNITY effort has restored Bardwell Windmill to full use and the iconic structure now has a full set of working sails thanks to the efforts of local people.

Geoff and Enid Wheeler bought the mill in 1987 just a few months before the terrible storm which destroyed the sails and the mill’s cap.

Fitting the second section of the sail assemblage at Bardwell Windmill

Fitting the second section of the sail assemblage at Bardwell Windmill

Sadly, Geoff died in 1995 but his family and the Friends of Bardwell Windmill have been working hard over the years to raise more than £100,000 needed to restore the sails and cap.

Last week children at the local primary school saw new sails lifted into place ahead of the mill’s open day on May 13 when people will see it grind corn using wind power commercially for the first time in 100 years.

Supporters have sponsored shutters on the sails, helped to paint them and held numerous fund-raising events.

Mrs Wheeler said:“The family are sincerely grateful to the friends of Bardwell Windmill, and everyone else who has been involved, without whose dedication and support today’s achievement would not have been possible, and we would like to thank them all.”

Children watch as the new sails are installed at Bardwell Windmill

Children watch as the new sails are installed at Bardwell Windmill