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National Mills Weekend

National Mills Weekend takes place annually on the 2nd weekend of May.

The organiser in Herefordshire is Alan Stoyel, email alanstoyel@hr53el.freeserve.co.uk

For further information contact   http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk



National Mills Weekend 2017

This year we will be open on Saturday 13th May, 10.30am to 5.00pm and Sunday 14th May, 2.00 to 5.00pm.

Refreshments will be available.
Entrance is free but please give a donation to Midlands Air Ambulance.




Other mills in South Herefordshire, not normally open to the public, which are open for National Mills Weekend and are in easy reach of Clodock are: -

Pontynys mill, Longtown, NGR SO326288, has a high-breastshot wheel that powered an unusual horizontal main shaft driving 4 pairs of stones supplying a bakery on site.  Open Saturday 10.00-4.30.

Rowlestone MillNGR SO370270, has a working wheel that previously drove two pairs of stones and later woodworking machinery. It has been used to power a fascinating Victorian apple scratter. There is also a fine example of a cider press.  Open Saturday 10.00-6.00.

Fair Oak Farm, Bacton, NGR  SO354321, a restored horse-powered cider mill and press in their original setting.  Open Saturday 2.00-6.00.

Home Farm, Dulas, NGR SO377294, a fine example of a 19th century farm mill.  Open Saturday 2.00-5.00.

Olchon House Farm Mill, Llanveynoe, NGR SO307299, recently restored to working order and now grinding corn again.  Open Saturday 11.00-5.00

The Corn Mill, Michaelchurch, NGR SO315345, has a working internal overshot wheel and some machinery, as well as a well-researched history.  A mill worked here from the medieval period until 1942.  NOT OPEN THIS YEAR.

Please respect these opening times


National Mills Weekend 2016

The weather was kind and it was good to see so many visitors, both new and old. Donations to Midlands Air Ambulance again reached a record level.  Since we have been opening the Mill we have raised a total of £9250, enough to fund three ambulance flights.  Let's hope we never need to use them!

National Mills Weekend 2015

Malcolm the Millwright sorted out the gudgeon wedges problem just in time for opening.  The day began with a busload of French visitors from Cognac (and a couple of Russians) which was a tad taxing on my O-level French.  Altogether we had around 150-200 visitors which meant we were busy all weekend but not overwhelmed.  Once again it was really great to see so many people who had come back for a third, fourth or even fifth visit.  The mill performed well and produced good flour.  As usual, Jill and friends toiled over the refreshments.  We launched our new book Trouble at t'Mill which seems to have gone down well.  The takings for Midlands Air Ambulance were at a record level.  A big thank you to everyone who helped to make it another memorable weekend.

National Mills Weekend 2014

As in previous years we opened on the Sunday before National Mills Weekend for friends and neighbours and had a bring your own barbecue for about 60 people. We had repaired the weir the previous Autumn, after 9 months of bureaucratic inertia, so we were able to run the mill until the gudgeon wedges worked loose.  After a quick repair we ran the mill and produced flour for the whole of National Mills Weekend and had around 250 visitors.  Some had visited us 3 or 4 times before and it was great to see them again.  Along with other events this year we have raised over £1000 for Midlands Air Ambulance.  Thank you to everybody who contributed.

National Mills Weekend 2013

We weren't able to run the mill as we were still waiting for the bureaucrats to give us consent to repair the weir.   We had an open day and barbecue for friends and neighbours the Sunday before the official weekend attended by about 80 people.

On Mills Weekend proper the weather was poor but not enough rain to run the Mill. Numbers were down on previous years - perhaps a couple of hundred visitors.  Many had been to the Mill before and it was good to see them again.  

We raised £390 for Air Ambulance.  Thanks to everyone who helped and supported us.


National Mills Weekend 2012.

To relieve the pressure on National Mills Weekend we opened the Mill to friends and neighbours on the Sunday afternoon before. We had around a hundred visitors from 'round yer', plus a few tourists who wandered in.  The mill ran perfectly all afternoon.  It wasn't a fundraiser but people who took flour to try kindly donated around £200 for Midlands Air Ambulance.  Many thanks to Alan and Critchell for sieving and bagging flour.

For the official Mills Weekend we ran all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. We had in the region of 400 visitors.  Malcolm Cooper, our millwright, came and ran the mill for us on Saturday.  Many thanks to everyone who helped Jill with teas and cakes and looked after the parking (especially Ken and Sue who helped full time both weekends).  We raised over £700 for Midlands Air Ambulance, which is a terrific result as the other open mills were also raising funds for their own preferred charities.


National Mills Weekend 2011 was a huge success for us.  During the week before, thanks to help from our millwright, Malcolm Cooper, we returned the mill to working order and produced first flour at 8pm on Friday evening.

Radio Hereford and Worcester had heard that we were milling for the first time in 57 years.  They broadcast the news on three consecutive days and we made the BBC website.  Along with this and a lot of other publicity for the weekend, we had getting on for 400 visitors.  Malcolm stayed on so we were able to work the mill all Saturday and Sunday. Jill served tea and refreshments to over 250 people.  It was quite overwhelming!

We also raised £674 for Midlands Air Ambulance.






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