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We hear the sad news of the death of John Capps. John helped to run the Friends of Norfolk Windmills and its successor Norfolk Mills Group for many years, and organised several mill tours to the Continent. He also assisted in mill repairs through his business, Thurton Foundry. We extend our condolences to his widow Maureen and the rest of his family.
Public Events
Visit to Campsea Ashe Watermill - Sunday 24th September 2017, 2.30pm - 4.30pm. We hope the waterwheel will be turning for us. The mill is on a minor road about one mile south-east of Wickham Market (TM318544)
SMG Garden Party - Sunday 6th August 2017 at Thelnetham Windmill commencing 12 noon. As usual food and drink will be provided, although small contributions of the same are welcomed. Park on the field directly opposite.
SMG Annual General Meeting - Sunday 16th July 2017 at Pakenham Watermill commencing 10am. The meeting will be held in the barn, not the mill itself. Please note the earlier starting time for this meeting so as not to clash with the public opening of the mill in the afternoon.
Open Day at Herringfleet Windpump - Sunday 9th July 2017, 1pm - 5pm. This will be the first opening here in 2017, and if the mill is able to run it will be on only two sails. During the afternoon it is expected that the sailing wherry Maud, restored by the late Vincent Pargeter, will call on her way back from Beccles.
National Mills Weekend 2017

The following mills will be open on National Mills Weekend (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017):

BARDWELL tower mill
Sunday 14th May only
10.30am - 4.30pm
They will have teas and refreshments as well as have a few craft stalls in the garden. Freshly baked bread will be on sale. All proceeds towards the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the mill. Sails turning and milling if windy!

KERSEY watermill
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May
10am - 4pm
No special events as they had a huge Drive It Day event with thousands of visitors in late April. Their scale model will be on show for public to see.

PAKENHAM watermill
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May
11am - 4pm
They will be staging another 'Art at the Mill' event, following the success of last year. There will be paintings, sculpture and live music. The artwork is for sale, or you can just come and enjoy it in the beautiful setting of this historic working mill and its grounds. The mill will be working so you can see our finest flour being produced and a bbq and refreshments will be available in the garden. Reduced admission on both days: adults £4.00, children free.

Saturday 13th May
12pm - 5pm

STOWMARKET Museum of East Anglian Life
Saturday 13th May 10am - 4pm
Sunday 14th May 11am - 4.30pm

THELNETHAM tower mill
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May
11am - 4pm (last admission for a mill tour 3pm)

THORPENESS post mill
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May
11am - 4pm ish
It will be open for people to wonder around and picnic in the garden.

WOODBRIDGE Buttrum's Mill
Sunday 14th May only

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May
11 - 4.30pm (last entry)

Please note Herringfleet mill will not be open on National Mills Weekend owing to failure of a sail stock.
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News - in photos
Framsden windmill is now visible for the first time in years. Don't you just miss the ghastly leylandii? Photographs by Mr William Griffiths (April 2017)

New engine shed at Thelnetham (September 2016)


Sail shutters and striking gear removed from the sails of Pakenham windmill September 3-4 2016 for safety as cap is no longer turning to wind.

Martin Whitworth, owner of Buttrum’s Mill at Woodbridge since the late 1960’s sadly died on September 5 2016 after a short illness. He was 90.

Walton (near Felixstowe) smock mill will be open on Sunday September 11 2016 between 10am – 4pm as part of Felixstowe Heritage Open Day event.


The new sails at Thorpeness mill were being fitted with a pair of shutters on Wednesday 11th June 2014. Seen in the photo are Tim Whiting and Vincent Pargeter.



Mark Barnard was at Bardwell on 17th October 2013 when Jonathan Wheeler was painting the cap with white lead from a cherry picker. The dirt on the cap has been cleaned off during the summer and with the paint it now looks smart again. The new fantail blades are under construction but will not be fitted until 2014.


Good progress is being made applying the sheet aluminium cladding to the roof at Framsden mill. The main work should be completed by this coming weekend although the scaffold platforms will be left in place over the winter for finishing off next year. Photo taken Tuesday 24th September 2013 showing Bill Griffiths applying a sheet on the north side of the roof.


The new sails were craned on at Thorpeness mill on Wednesday September 25th. Everything went smoothly under the guidance of Vincent Pargeter assisted by Tim Whiting. See 2 photos. The fantail blades and some sail shutters will now be added and the sails should be turning by early October.


Work is currently under way to the roof of Framsden post mill. The bituminous felt applied in the 1960’s was starting to fail badly and the roof is now being re-clad by Suffolk Mills Group volunteers. The old felt and hardboard base has been removed, and 2 layers of plywood are being applied to the old weatherboards, followed by sheet aluminium. The cladding may be completed this year (weather permitting) and painting will probably have to wait until 2014. See photo. Showing the plywood going on.



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