October

The weather for the Event Day on 1st September was very warm and still; wonderful for strolling up to the mill and enjoying the games and stalls on display. The coconut shy proved popular as did the traditional bagatelle. However, the lack of wind meant that the sweeps could not be turned by the wind so the visitors had to be content with hand-rotation. The shows both attracted full houses at each of their two performances during the day. Lindsay’s Animal School presented a show at the mill for the first time and proved a knock-out with the younger children in particular as it enabled them to handle some small mammals and birds. Lindsay will certainly be asked to perform again next year.  Chris Horlock provided his ever-popular Punch and Judy show in May 2013, however he had written a new Jack and the Beanstalk show especially for Oldland Mill. The scenery and costumes were particularly striking and the laughter emanating from the marquee showed just how much the whole performance was enjoyed. We are lucky to have these two such talented and generous performers (not forgetting Pete the Magician who was unavailable on this occasion) in our local community who are prepared to give freely of their time to support the mill.

Restoration and maintenance

  Many visitors remarked on the particularly attractive appearance of the mill as the Maintenance Team had worked very hard throughout August to repaint the rear of the Mill Body and the port side of the Roof. This had also involved a number of additional volunteers who kindly stepped forward to assist the usual team. Our thanks goes to all those concerned.

100 Club Winners

Congratulations to August winners: no. 26 Mrs A Reeves; no. 71 Mrs P Higgs; no. 87 Mrs C Nevard and no. 90 Mr & Mrs K McKenzie.

And finally for this year

…. our last Open Afternoon is on 6th October, 2 – 5 p.m., when refreshments and memorabilia will be available and volunteers will be on hand to give guided tours of the mill.  This will signal the end of our season and all the volunteers at Oldland Mill would like to thank everyone who has supported Oldland Mill Trust by attending our events in 2013.  If you have any feedback – positive or negative – please do not hesitate to let us know. You might like to use our new website – www.oldlandmill.co.uk – where there is a facility for contacting us.

George Rankin