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Wilton Windmill
Wilton
Near Marlborough
Wiltshire
SN8 3SW

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Murder at the Mill – Swine of Passion

Wilton Windmill near Marlborough, the only working windmill in Wessex, is always on the lookout for unusual and interesting ways of bringing people to the mill and raising money for its upkeep. The annual murder mystery is a successful and unusual part of that – and this year it’s happening again!
This year’s event, ‘Swine of Passion’, is to be staged by Smoke & Mirrors, a locally-based murder mystery company specialising in fully-interactive site-specific murder mystery events in interesting locations – not just hotel function rooms.
Smoke & Mirrors’ founders, Hungerford-based Sue Baxter and Alexander Rain, have their roots in theatre and drama teaching, and their events are a mix of script and improvisation with a full cast of actors mixing with the audience throughout. But they’re also interactive. The audience can play along as much or as little as they wish, in or out of character. And fancy dress is always an option!
The result? Whether you’re a theatre-goer or not, there will be something for you. Every event is different, there are always surprises, there’s always comedy – and of course there’s always murder.
This year’s plot is “Swine of Passion”, a riotous black comedy of high ideals, low scruples, and pig-breeding.
For several decades, the Peter Irving Gifford School has been going nowhere fast. Now, under inspirational new leadership, this once shameful establishment is to become the Gloucester Old Spot Academy for Girls. All that’s needed is the small matter of thirty million pounds. As luck would have it, eccentric local pig-breeder Sir Hamish St. John Hattersley has come up with the last of the cash. As luck wouldn’t have it, Sir Hamish’s generosity is about to prove spectacularly misplaced.
To fortify the inner sleuth, the ticket includes a generous hog roast buffet specially prepared on site (with a vegetarian option), with salads, artisan breads, mustards and all the trimmings.
And to complete the evening there will be there will be first-class comedy, terrific actors, a murder or two, programmes, clues and prizes!

Saturday 27 June 2015
Doors open at 6.30pm; action starts at 7pm
£25 (murder mystery and hogroast buffet or vegetarian alternative)
Booking:  Phone: 07769 977779 or Email: info@hauntedmysteryweekend.co.uk
www.hauntedmysteryweekend.co.uk

Murder at the Mill

 

Wind in the Willows at Wilton Windmill

Another lovely country fair day out at Wilton Windmill with a Wind in the Willows theme -fancy dress for children and adults – it’s almost compulsory!  

BBQ, bar, music, paella, tea and cake.  Local stalls, free guided tours, children’s games, tug of war, face painting, Punch & Judy – and there will be lots more besides!

Don’t miss it!

2015 Season off to a good start

We have been extremely busy at the Windmill so far this season and it has been a pleasure to welcome everyone to our lovely part of the world and our beautiful windmill.

We have a couple of new guides under training and have been working on our Open Day which is on Saturday 13th June 2015 from 12 noon to 4.30pm – Wind in the Willows.  There will be lots for children and grown-ups to do, including food, music, games, tug of war, Punch & Judy, tea and cake and a bar – with lots of Wind in the Willows surprises!

If you’d like to enter the Fancy Dress Competition and dress up as your favourite Wind in the Willows character (children and adults!), then please do so – we will be!

Sooner than the Open Day will be the Scouts Weekend from 23rd to 25th May, which Crofton Beam Engines are organising and which Wilton Windmill will be taking part in – there will be lots going on as typical 1915 Scout Camps will be set up at the two locations.  Do come along and join in!

Gastronicks & Wilton Windmill Christmas Fair 2014

Our friends, Jane and Nick, from Gastronicks are once again holding a Christmas Fair in support of Wilton Windmill, raising those all important funds.

Lots of stalls and Christmas ideas, with plenty of tastings and of course, tea and cake!

Hope to see you there in the lovely Coronation Hall in East Grafton, SN8 3DB – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Heritage Open Day 2014

Another successful day at Wilton Windmill on 14th September 2014 – as part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend.

Special thanks go to all our volunteers without whom these open days just wouldn’t happen and of course to The Magnificent AK47 who performed so brilliantly and had us all laughing and joining in.

If you were able to visit us, we hope you enjoyed it.  Thank you for coming to see us.

If you didn’t make it – there is always next year!

 Visitors to Wilton Windmill's Heritage Open Day 2014AK47 in actionThe Wonderful AK47

Delicious cakes in the tea tent

Alice in Wonderland Open Day

Famed for its fun, country fair open days, Wilton Windmill this year is doing Alice in Wonderland!

It will be a wonderful family day out!
Eat cake and drink tea and squash at our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! 
Make a mad hat and enter our Hat Competition
Lots and lots of children’s games and activities ~ Punch & Judy
Bar ~ BBQ ~ Paella ~ Tea & Cakes ~ Music ~ Raffle
Guided Tours ~ Flour ~ Windmill bread from Bedwyn Bakery
All the fun of the country fair – with an Alice in Wonderland twist!

 

Murder at the Mill 2014

This year, Murder at the Mill is on Saturday 5th July – the murder mystery for grown-ups by Smoke & Mirrors – book early to avoid disappointment!

 

Fantastic Day at the Windmill!

What a fantastic day we had yesterday at Wilton Windmill’s Heritage Open Day. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the day – we hope you enjoyed it – and to the army of volunteers, helpers and local businesses who baked cakes, brewed tea, barbecued, served beer, played music, had stands, morris danced, donated raffle prizes, managed the games, put up tents, took down tents, drove trailers, guided the tours, manned the shop, ran the car park, sold raffle tickets – the list goes on! Needless to say we couldn’t do it without you all – we hope you enjoyed it!
Pictures (and stories) to follow soon, but to remind you of the sort of fun we had, here’s Andy Pack and Hilly Arnold-Baker, getting into the spirit of things with their morris dancing!  Naturals, I’d say!

Heritage Open Day

Saturday 14th September 2013

12 noon to 4.30pm

Free entry and free guided tours!

This year’s Heritage Open Day is Picnic at the Mill – a chance to take part in the Wilton Windmill Picnic Competition.   There is a prize of £200 of vouchers to spend at Marr Green Farm Shop in Burbage for the winning team/family/friends as judged by our ‘expert’ panel!  

If you would like to take part in the competition, you just need a team (from 2 people upwards – friends, family, colleagues, anyone you can nab!) and the theme for your picnic can be anything at all – historical, futuristic, from another part of the world, film-based, musical, charitable cause or anything else that the teams think will catch the attention of our judges.  Fancy dress is optional, but highly recommended!

To enter, just contact Bill at bill@wiltonwindmill.co.uk to reserve your pitch.

Full information about the logistics and competition entry terms can be found here – please check these before you enter!

All the usual fun of a Wilton Windmill Open Day will be there – Punch & Judy, music, races, children’s games, tug of war, tea and cake, a bar and barbecue and delicious, fresh bread specially baked by Haines Bakery in Great Bedwyn using the windmill’s lovely stone-ground, wholemeal flour.  Entry and guided tours are free as it is part of the national Heritage Open Days event.

An event not to be missed – watch this space and our Facebook page as more details are released.

Open Day at Wilton Windmill

Picnic Competition Entry Details

Heritage Open Day Picnic Competition Details

When you register your entry with bill@wiltonwindmill.co.uk please be ready with:

  • Your name and contact details;
  • The space you think you’ll need;
  • How many people are on your team;
  • The theme of your picnic;
  • If you have any special requirements.

Terms and Conditions

  • You will be pitching your picnic in a paddock kindly lent to us by some horses and their generous owners – so we need to leave it just as we found it!
  • Please make sure you have appropriate clothing and cover in case we have a rain shower or two.
  • There is no entry fee to take part in the competition.  
  • You will be able to set up from 11am onwards. 
  • After you have finished your picnic, you will be able to pick up your equipment from an area within the car park area by the windmill site.
  • Judging will start at 1pm and the winner will be announced once it is completed.  The judges’ decision will be final. 
  • No fires or barbecues.
  • You will need to be able to carry any props or equipment onto the site by hand or by wheelbarrow.
  • Clearing up. Please come equipped to take all your stuff back home with you – including any rubbish generated.
  • There is no cash alternative to the prize, which is a voucher for £200 to spend at Marr Green Farm Shop in Burbage.

We want you all to be able to be as creative as possible, so please contact us with any queries and ideas. 

 

General News

Fabulous Photos!

The Pewsey in Pictures group were at Wilton Windmill on 16th April to make the most of the lovely spring weather and amazing evening skies that we are having this year.  

Have a look at their Facebook page (you will need to log in) which is full of Wilton Windmill wonder!

2015 Season off to a good start

We have been extremely busy at the Windmill so far this season and it has been a pleasure to welcome everyone to our lovely part of the world and our beautiful windmill.

We have a couple of new guides under training and have been working on our Open Day which is on Saturday 13th June 2015 from 12 noon to 4.30pm – Wind in the Willows.  There will be lots for children and grown-ups to do, including food, music, games, tug of war, Punch & Judy, tea and cake and a bar – with lots of Wind in the Willows surprises!

If you’d like to enter the Fancy Dress Competition and dress up as your favourite Wind in the Willows character (children and adults!), then please do so – we will be!

Sooner than the Open Day will be the Scouts Weekend from 23rd to 25th May, which Crofton Beam Engines are organising and which Wilton Windmill will be taking part in – there will be lots going on as typical 1915 Scout Camps will be set up at the two locations.  Do come along and join in!

2014 Christmas Quiz answers now available!

Possibly the trickiest so far!  We hope you enjoyed the quiz – the closing date was yesterday, so we can now publish the answers, which you can find here.

The winners will be announced shortly – watch this space!

Gastronicks & Wilton Windmill Christmas Fair 2014

Our friends, Jane and Nick, from Gastronicks are once again holding a Christmas Fair in support of Wilton Windmill, raising those all important funds.

Lots of stalls and Christmas ideas, with plenty of tastings and of course, tea and cake!

Hope to see you there in the lovely Coronation Hall in East Grafton, SN8 3DB – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Heritage Open Day 2014

Another successful day at Wilton Windmill on 14th September 2014 – as part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend.

Special thanks go to all our volunteers without whom these open days just wouldn’t happen and of course to The Magnificent AK47 who performed so brilliantly and had us all laughing and joining in.

If you were able to visit us, we hope you enjoyed it.  Thank you for coming to see us.

If you didn’t make it – there is always next year!

 Visitors to Wilton Windmill's Heritage Open Day 2014AK47 in actionThe Wonderful AK47

Delicious cakes in the tea tent

New storage facilities at Wilton Windmill

Anyone who has visited the windmill recently will have noticed – or indeed may NOT have noticed – our new storage facility at the site.  It’s a dark green container where we are able to store our tents, plastic chairs and other bits and pieces that are needed for an event at the mill and used at other community events in the area.

It was funded through funds held by the Wilton Windmill Society and a very generous grant from Wiltshire Council via the Pewsey Area Board.

We are extremely pleased with the new facility – it is very secure and provides us with our equipment on site rather than down in Wilton village.

2013 Quiz Answers

Here they are – the answers to the 2013 Wilton Windmill Quiz.  A bit tricky this year, don’t you think?  Thank you to everyone who bought a copy, we hope you all enjoyed it.

Wilton Windmill Quiz Answers 2013 Page 1 of 2

2013 Quiz Answers Page 2 of 2

AGM Agenda

The agenda for the AGM is now finalised and copies will be available on the day (Thursday 5th December).  If you would like a copy beforehand, then just email the Secretary

Don’t forget to let us know whether you are able to attend (just for catering purposes).

The Restoration of Wilton Windmill

David Nicholls, who was instrumental in restoring our wonderful windmill 40 years ago, has written an article on his memories of the restoration.   This important record is a fascinating insight into the skills, specialist knowledge and energy that are needed to complete such a unique project.  We hope you enjoy it!

Wilton Windmill in a state of dereliction in August 1935

Wilton Windmill in a state of dereliction in August 1935

 

Wilton Windmill Today

Wilton Windmill Today

Fantastic Day at the Windmill!

What a fantastic day we had yesterday at Wilton Windmill’s Heritage Open Day. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the day – we hope you enjoyed it – and to the army of volunteers, helpers and local businesses who baked cakes, brewed tea, barbecued, served beer, played music, had stands, morris danced, donated raffle prizes, managed the games, put up tents, took down tents, drove trailers, guided the tours, manned the shop, ran the car park, sold raffle tickets – the list goes on! Needless to say we couldn’t do it without you all – we hope you enjoyed it!
Pictures (and stories) to follow soon, but to remind you of the sort of fun we had, here’s Andy Pack and Hilly Arnold-Baker, getting into the spirit of things with their morris dancing!  Naturals, I’d say!

 

Society News

Volunteering at Wilton Windmill

Open Day

Charles has written the attached article on all aspects of volunteering at Wilton Windmill.  If you’ve ever considered getting involved, then hopefully this will answer any questions you may have!

If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering, the please contact help@wiltonwindmill.co.uk or call 01672 870202.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wilton Windmill Volunteering Explained

 

2013 Windmill Quiz

The annual Wilton Windmill Quiz is now available!

If you have never done this before, it’s an absolute must-have for entertaining the family over the festive season – the cryptic clues and word puzzles will keep everyone’s brains working in the midst of the excesses of food and drink.

It’s great fun and only £1 to purchase – you won’t get better entertainment value!  Not only that, but there is a first prize of £20 and a lucky draw from all returned answer sheets for one prize of £10.

To obtain a quiz sheet, pick one up at The Swan in Wilton or at Great Bedwyn Post Office or send a stamped addressed envelope, plus £1 (or 2 second class stamps as equivalent) to Paul Harvey, The Poplars, Little Bedwyn, Near Marlborough, Wiltshire.  SN8 3JP

Note that the closing date for entries is 5th January 2014 (please refer to the quiz sheet) and the answers will be available here on the Wilton Windmill website after that date.

Happy Christmas Quizzing!

AGM Agenda

The agenda for the AGM is now finalised and copies will be available on the day (Thursday 5th December).  If you would like a copy beforehand, then just email the Secretary

Don’t forget to let us know whether you are able to attend (just for catering purposes).

Help needed for the 2013 Season

Peter Lemon, President and Chairman of the Wilton Windmill Society has sent out a notice to Friends, Members and Patrons asking for help for the 2013 season – this message goes also to our Facebook Friends and anyone who might be interested in getting involved:

“We open between 2pm and 5pm on Easter Saturday 30th March and then open on each Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of September. This service is only possible due to the generosity of our volunteering members and I am writing to you all to see if we can encourage a further 10 of you to offer your help this summer.

It is 3 hours of your time on a Sunday afternoon and it may mean the difference between keeping the Windmill open and having to close it on some Sundays. If you would like to help on the basis of “OK, I’ll give it a go, but I won’t be able to commit long term”, that would be really great. 

We need help with more guides and help in the shepherd’s hut shop and I promise you that you will not be left on your own and will be shown what to do. Initially you would shadow the other guides so that you learnt more about the Windmill and if you opted for the Shop you will again work with someone who will show you the ropes. All the guides get training and they also receive a crib sheet they can use to help remember the details. The spaces we have are due to retirements and several friends who have moved to pastures new. 
It can be a lot of fun and very rewarding and we would love to see you.
The Windmill is iconic and together with Crofton Beam Engines demonstrates the development of the pre-Victorian industrial revolution in this wonderful area of outstanding natural beauty. The Schools’ education pack has recently been developed and the number of schools who visit the Mill increases each year. We are currently working on a project to film the Windmill operating and showing these films in the Mill for visitors to enjoy.”

As you can see, there’s lots going on – and we welcome anyone who wants to get involved! If you are interested, please register your interest here on this website or visit us on Facebook.

 

Education Pack Now Available

Saturday 24th March 2012 not only saw the installation of the new shepherd’s hut at the windmill, but also saw the launch of the new Education Pack for the windmill.  The Education Pack provides teachers with lots of information about the windmill so that a visit to the Windmill can be tailored to different parts of the curriculum.  The pack has been part-funded by the Pewsey Area Board through their grant process.  For more information, contact education@wiltonwindmill.co.uk .

 

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