Steam threshing day raises £5,000 for Bardwell Windmill
About 1,000 people were transported to a bygone era of farming and raised £5,000 for the ongoing restoration of a village landmark.
Bardwell Windmill’s 10th annual Steam Threshing Day on Sunday pulled in the crowds who marvelled at an array of demonstrations and attractions.
Among the highlights was a working threshing machine driven by a steam engine, vintage tractors and farm machinery, beer tent, portrait drawings and Morris dancers.
There were tours around the windmill and fresh bread was baked by its resident baker. The event was organised by the Friends of Bardwell Windmill and funds raised will go towards the ongoing restoration of the local landmark.
The historic structure’s sails and cap were destroyed following a storm in 1987 – just months after it was bought by Geoff and Enid Wheeler.
Mr Wheeler died in 1995 but his family and the Friends group raised more than £100,000 to restore the features. Works that need completing at the mill include new windows, ongoing maintenance and installing another stone to grind the flour.
A spokesman for the Friends thanked everyone who supported the successful day. The winners of a photographic contest on the day will be announced in a future edition of the Bury Free Press.