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SMG visit to Flatford Mill: Sunday 18th September 2016, with guided tour commencing 2.30pm.
We will be booked on the Constable Tour which lasts about 75 minutes (approximate distance 500 yards). Park in the National Trust car park (signposted) and walk down to the mill, about 200 yards, where we will meet. We are due to meet the guide Patricia Hodgkins at the corner of Bridge Cottage
(or the Exhibition Centre if it is wet).
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News - in photos
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 Pargetter.


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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