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Family day puts wind in sails of windmill charity

 

David Lemon as Mr Toad welcomes visitors to the windmillDavid Lemon as Mr Toad welcomes visitors to the windmillA Wind in the Willows themed family fun day brought hundreds of adults and children to the only working windmill in Wessex on Saturday.

The event was a chance to play games, meet animals, and taste produce – including bread made with flour milled on site – in the grounds of Wilton Windmill.

 

Wilton Windmill was builtin 1821 and fell into disrepair in the 1920s. In the 1960s it was listed as Grade II, and in 1971 it was bought by Wiltshire County Council and leased to the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust, which early in 1972 began to restore it to working condition.

The windmill started milling again in 1976, and the running was taken over by the Wilton Windmill Society, which still runs the mill today.

The windmill will next be open to the general public during Heritage Open Days weekend, which runs from September 10 to 13.

Meanwhile, the windmill is hosting a murder mystery evening next Saturday, June 27. For more information, see our feature here.

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Mr Toad arrives in a 1935 Morris Eight driven by Tony Gilbert, one of the men who persuaded Wiltshire Council to buy the windmill in 1971Mr Toad arrives in a 1935 Morris Eight driven by Tony Gilbert, one of the men who persuaded Wiltshire Council to buy the windmill in 1971In Wind in the Willows the stoats and weasels take over Toad Hall. Here, a ferret has a go.In Wind in the Willows the stoats and weasels take over Toad Hall. Here, a ferret has a go.Kymani Wheatley (5) and his brother Eben (7) watch the snail racingKymani Wheatley (5) and his brother Eben (7) watch the snail racingRichard Paget of My Apple Juice. Richard collects apples from people's gardens, juices them and returns them in bottles branded with the fruit owner's name. His new product line – launched at the event – is sorbet.Richard Paget of My Apple Juice. Richard collects apples from people's gardens, juices them and returns them in bottles branded with the fruit owner's name. His new product line – launched at the event – is sorbet.The Garrison Gallopers morris dancers entertained the crowdsThe Garrison Gallopers morris dancers entertained the crowds

 

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