LETTER: Come and visit windmill over Easter weekend

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The clocks have gone forward and spring is sprung (so I’m told). This means Easter will soon be upon us and Polegate windmill will re-open on April 5 and 6.

During the winter months volunteers of the Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust have been beavering away continuing with the ongoing renovations and maintenance demanded by a building that is nearly 200 years old.

It is not usually appreciated that the preservation of an historic site is an art in itself. In the case of Polegate windmill great effort is made to ensure that the visitor sees a true example of the way the mill was from its earliest times.

Modern materials and fixings are avoided and only historically correct components are used during renovation. This is why we have so many visitors who are captivated by the Old World atmosphere which exudes from every stone and timber and makes them go away with the feeling they have been transported back in time.

All of this is only possible by volunteers who have the vision and commitment to keep the mill in good condition and why they take such joy in showing people around.

The Preservation Trust still needs volunteers to help in this essential work together with guides and cashiers to help on our open days. If you would like to know more about being a volunteer please contact the clerk of works, Lawrence Stevens, on 01323 734496.

The mill is situated in Park Croft, Willingdon, BN26 5LB and opens its doors to the public every Sunday and Bank Holidays from Easter through to the last Sunday in October. Unless otherwise stated times of opening are from 2-5pm.

If you have a group you would like to have shown around the mill outside of our normal opening, we can arrange a special guided tour but this would be subject to the mill being unobstructed from any repairs or preservation work.

For group bookings please call me on 01323 487697 .

John Watts

Eastbourne and District 
Preservation Trust