Historic mill set for reopening after year-long restoration

12:45 09 April 2014

Burwell Mill decapitation day.The 6-ton cap was finally lifted off Burwell Mill. Picture: Steve Williams.

Burwell Mill decapitation day.The 6-ton cap was finally lifted off Burwell Mill. Picture: Steve Williams.

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After a year-long restoration project costing hundreds of thousands, Stevens’ Mill in Burwell is being reopened to the public.

The grand re-opening is set to take place on April 13 and will include an afternoon of celebration and fun for visitors.

The ribbon cutting, carried out by MP Sir Jim Paice, will start at 12.30pm and there will be a round of speeches outside the windmill.

The revamped mill will then be open for tours and visitors will have the opportunity to chat to the people involved in its restoration.

The project to restore the mill was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and cost some £420,000. The Grade II* listed, four-storey tower mill, built around 1820, was brought back from the dead and restored to working order so its milling machinery using sails and wind power can be accessed by the public

The reopening celebrations include bread-making demonstrations, a working forge and a chance to see the Museum’s buildings and displays.

Visitor of all ages can follow the brand new mill trail and make their own windmill from junk.

For those who like to bake, there is also a ‘decorate a cake’ competition inspired by the windmill

The grand reopening is a free event and refreshments, provided by the Friends of Burwell Museum and Burwell WI, will be available.

INFO: Visit the museum’s website for more information www.burwellmuseum.org.uk

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