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Willow plants tree to celebrate Thelnetham Windmill




Thelnetham Windmill’s 200th anniversary celebrations kicked off this week with a commemorative tree planting.

Willow Grimmer, a pupil at Hopton Primary School, had the honour of planting an apple tree to mark the start of events.

The ten-year-old said: “It’s nice to be here doing this, something here for people to see and to mark the birthday.”

Willow was chosen by the school for her hard work and her part in her school’s involvement in the Soapbox Challenge to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital’s My Wish campaign.

Volunteers Chris Mills, Piers Hart and Giles Smith with Hopton Primary School pupil Willow GrimmerPicture by Mecha Morton
Volunteers Chris Mills, Piers Hart and Giles Smith with Hopton Primary School pupil Willow GrimmerPicture by Mecha Morton

She was welcomed by Piers Hart, chairman of the Suffolk Preservation Trust, and stalwart volunteers Chris Mills and Giles Smith who had dug the hole the tree went in.

A special plaque has been made marking the occasion and Willow said it had been fun.

She was presented with a card and a book token to thank her for playing her part in
the windmill’s anniversary year.

Thelnetham Windmill, built in 1819, was saved by a band of volunteers in the 1980s and is now fully working with visitors able to buy its flour and see its inner workings.

The main celebration will take place on July 14, but the mill is also open from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.



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