Burgh windmill sail fund still has long way to go

Adrian Langley (Friend of Burgh Windmill) and Margaret Spence (Macmillan) at last weekend's fundraiser in aid of Macmillan's anniversary. Photo by John Crossland.

Adrian Langley (Friend of Burgh Windmill) and Margaret Spence (Macmillan) at last weekend's fundraiser in aid of Macmillan's anniversary. Photo by John Crossland.

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THE volunteers looking to return Burgh Windmill to full working order have succeeded in raising over £3,500 towards their goal - but they’ve still got a long way to go.

The windmill’s sails haven’t turned since last year after their age finally caught up with them.

Sails last roughly 25 years and the local windmill’s are at the end of their useable lifespans.

Age-related corrosion and rot mean that the sails are not safe enough to keep in operation.

The plucky volunteers at the windmill are determined to generate the cash needed to replace them though and have been beavering away in a bid to raise the £80,000 to £100,000 needed.

The volunteers are pleased to have made steady inroads into that total thanks in part to a weekly lottery - but they still have a long way to go before reaching their goal.

“We’ve got a lottery going and we’ve managed to raise £686 so far on that,” said volunteer Adrian langley.

“Overall we’ve now got £3,540 towards the repair which is still a long way off the total.

“But we are quite pleased with it and we are still increasing it every week through the lottery and donations,” he added.

Visitor numbers have fallen at the attraction since the sailsstopped turning but the mill‘s inner workings have been returned to action using an engine to ensure visitors can still see part of the site in operation.

“It means that we’ve got something that people can see working, and from that point we’re pretty pleased,” added Adrian.

Meanwhile, the windmill is continuing to keep busy with a calendar of activities - the latest of which took place at the weekend, when the mill threw its doors open for an event that raised cash in honour of Macmillan Cancer Care’s 100th anniversary. Among the attractions were a working steam engine, and music, games and stalls.