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Murder at the Mill 2014

This year, there are two dates for the murder mystery by Smoke & Mirrors – book early to avoid disappointment!

Malice In Wonderland

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. 

Murder Mystery Success!

Wow! What a brilliant evening we had at Wilton Windmill on Saturday being entertained by Smoke & Mirrors‘ Haunted Murder Mystery, specially written for the windmill. We hope that everyone who came enjoyed the evening (it certainly looked like you all had a great time!) – thank you for supporting the event which has raised important funds for the upkeep of the windmill. Thank you also to all our fantastic volunteers who put up tents, ran the car park, bar and barbecue and without whom it would not be possible to stage these events. A special thank you goes to Douggie and to Bill at The Swan Inn Wilton .

Will we be doing another one? Wait and see …………..!

Wilton Windmill in the news

The Wilts Gazette & Herald have a lovely piece on our successful Heritage Open Day on 9th September

Another Great Day!

We hope you were able to join us on Sunday 9th September for the annual Heritage Open Day at Wilton Windmill.  As usual, the sun shone, the bunting fluttered in the wind and the army of volunteers amassed to make the day a success.  

A great day was had by all – it was lovely to see so many people smiling and enjoying the afternoon – we hope you did too!

Pictures can be found in the Gallery.

 

General News

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!

Fabulous film of Wilton Windmill

Many thanks to Mr Gyro for this fabulous film of Wilton Windmill from the air.  We hope you enjoy it!

 

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. 

Murder Mystery Success!

Wow! What a brilliant evening we had at Wilton Windmill on Saturday being entertained by Smoke & Mirrors‘ Haunted Murder Mystery, specially written for the windmill. We hope that everyone who came enjoyed the evening (it certainly looked like you all had a great time!) – thank you for supporting the event which has raised important funds for the upkeep of the windmill. Thank you also to all our fantastic volunteers who put up tents, ran the car park, bar and barbecue and without whom it would not be possible to stage these events. A special thank you goes to Douggie and to Bill at The Swan Inn Wilton .

Will we be doing another one? Wait and see …………..!

Wilton Windmill on BBC Radio Wiltshire Today

Peter Lemon, President and Chairman of the Wilton Windmill Society, will be on air with Sue Davies on BBC Radio Wiltshire today (Monday 3rd June) at about 2.45pm.  He’ll be talking about the plans for the Windmill for 2013.  Alex Rain from Smoke & Mirrors will be joining him to talk about the Murder Mystery this weekend.

Don’t miss it!

From milling to blogging

Peter Lemon and Charles Baxter were guest bloggers for VisitWiltshire last week giving an update on the milling day on Friday 10th May.

 

Traditional Music

Here’s a chap who has played at our events and his music creates a wonderful atmosphere at any outdoor, country event – Jonathan Causebrook, a name to remember.

 

 

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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