Restoration Micro Blog – Martin

Don, Roger, Tim & myself are continuing with the repairs to the framing on the cap, its pretty much there now.
Kevin is going to make the pattern for the replacement spokes for the brake wheel (he’s currently working away until the end of the month I think)
Albert has started painting the cladding for the cap, we intend to start cladding the back of the cap first once he has finished painting it.
Robert is continuing to re-assemble the curb inside the metal ring. A very painstaking job! he will then re-make the most severely damaged sections before bolting it all back together
Tim has started to make some of the new teeth for the curb.
The wallower (at the top of the mill) needs work.
Currently the thinking is that the curb will be replaced early next year, followed by the cap, but unlikely on the same occasion. The replacement of the curb will be timed so as to happen when the scaffolding (to be used to replace the tower cladding) is in place.
Once the cap is replaced work can start on the stocks & shutters all of which needs to be assembled on the ground prior to being dismantled & installed on the mill.
I’ve spoken to Paul (millwright) on a couple of occasions recently & he’s happy with the direction we’re going in.

Micro blog – Dick

Woody and I (and sometimes Ken) have almost completed the new roof structures over the Workshops and Forge. We await delivery of the corrugated roofing to finish, probably towards the end of September.
The Cowshed is fully re-roofed, just some finishing items and introduction of a roof light. We have just begun setting-out of the new roof structure of the Cart shed. Hopefully all complete by mid-November.
The Mill tower temporary repairs were done a few weeks ago, using salvage and ad hoc solutions (often known as gaffer tape). I have in hand drawings and specification for an application to DDC for listed building consent to reclad the whole tower in white painted timber weatherboard, which is a solution all of us like (including DDC), can confidently do in-house, and which we can now afford due to storm insurance settlement, and Dover grant. Probable time to start this will be next Spring, but will depend on liaising with Martin’s team on logistics re the Cap refitting.

New Micro Blog Series – Kate

The Trust has made the very difficult decision to close the mill and museum to the public for the remainder of 2020. Volunteers will still be attending and the restoration work will continue.

We always love to share whats happening at the mill with you all, so while we are closed we will be doing a ‘micro blog’ series with news and updates direct from the volunteers.

You can also keep in touch through our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the mill through our Go Fund Me campaign and donations, I look forward to sharing how the money has been spent restoring and protecting this wonderful museum and windmill.

Kate 🙂

Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair

Throughout the weekend local bakers, makers and brewers will be demonstrating and selling their crafts alongside the ‘Mills and Wildlife’ theme of National Mills Weekend. A fun, family day out, see the restoration of this beautiful 18th century mill as it happens and learn about milling through the ages. Demonstrations will be happening throughout the weekend blacksmithing in the forge, wood turning in the wheel wrights and spinning in the millers cottage. Free entry and parking. Get a horse and cart from Sandwich to the mill, Sunday only. Dog friendly.

Baking Competition; bring your best baps or buns in by 12pm on Saturday to be judged by the amazing bakers at Chantilly’s Bakery.

Installation of the new tail beam

An exciting day last Friday as volunteers started the installation of the new tail beam, this is the first step in reassembling the mills cap.
When the original beam was extracted it was found to be beyond saving after suffering over 200 years of wood worm and exposure to the elements. Even though it couldn’t be saved, it enabled volunteers to create and accurate pattern to construct the replacement beam out of a section of oak.
Once the its finally fixed onto place, the fail tail staging will be the next thing to be installed.

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