"With the Heritage Lottery Grant we were awarded for the Mill's recent restoration, there has (justly) been a big focus on what this has done for the mill. I’d like to highlight the other kind of help we receive, and that’s time. Not many people realise that to stay open to the public we depend on people to generously donate their time to us. As the Visitor Services Assistant you’ll find me onsite when we’re open to keep things running smoothly and one of the most important parts of my job is to help facilitate our volunteers.
The Windmill is not quite like any other place to work. Our ‘office’ is a barn and a 200 year old windmill, in winter a warm fleece (and preferably some thermals!) is a must and a cup of tea is always at the ready. It’s very special to be able to play a part in the mill’s life, from seeing it before the public arrive to enjoying the look on people’s faces when they step inside for the first time. A favourite bit of mine is to see the newts swimming in the first beams of sunlight that hit the pond in the morning.
Our team here is really wonderful and there are so many different things to do. Be it welcoming visitors to the site, leading a tour, looking after the grounds, learning how to mill or helping on event days. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and every contribution is valued, whether you want to learn a new skill, gain experience, meet new people or make a contribution to the mill’s longevity. What could be better than tucking into a slice of homemade bread knowing that you’ve been involved from that first grain of wheat?
With our grand re-opening in November we've been busier than ever and we’re looking for volunteers now for a variety of different positions. If you're interested in volunteering, please find more information here. "
Claire Atherton, Visitor Services Assistant