Heckington's New Sails!
UPDATE FROM SITE - JULY 31ST
The millwrights finished painting the cap yesterday and will return to the mill next Tuesday and spend the remainder of the week setting out the sails in the yard to install the shades. Their plan is to book the crane for some time the following week (11th August) and start to raise the sails. Neil intends to have all the sails and tie-bars in place by the end of August
As soon as the sails are installed and the machinery set to work, we will start a short training programme to give the old hands a chance to practice and introduce our new milling volunteers to the art of milling wheat with eight sails! If you would like to get involved, please contact Jim Bailey on 01778 571850
WORK SO FAR...
The mill wrights have painted the cap and are preparing the mill ready for the new sails.
The millers have been hard at work cleaning the mill stones and machinery ready to start milling again shortly.
On Thursday 12th & Friday 13th June the sails were removed by the millwright. We were very pleased to welcome BBC Countryfile, BBC Look North, Radio Lincolnshire and members of the local press, together with lots of local people, who all came to record & view this historic moment.
See more photos here....
The millwright came to remove the tie bars from the sails and these have been painted and stored ready for refitting.
The new sails finally arrived on site and have been offloaded and stored on site.
With the sails came the shutters which are being stored in the Nissen hut.
You can see both the sails and the shutters at the mill during opening hours.
The survey of the shutters has now been completed at the Millwrights’ yard in Alford. Mouchel, the company that is managing the contract for Lincolnshire County Council has agreed the schedule of repairs, and the work is now 75% complete.
A trip to see Heckington Windmill's new sails being made at Alford took place in February 2012.
Millwrights Messers Thompson & Sons kindly showed a group of over 50 friends and volunteers around their work and explained how the sails are made.
A highlight of the visit was to see the original notebook of the millwright who made the first set of sails for Heckington back in 1892 which is still in use today.
A routine survey of the windmill by owners Lincolnshire County Council, revealed severe rot and damage in 7 of the 8 sails on the windmill. The mill was decommissioned and put out of action on a temporary basis whilst new sails could be made and fitted.