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lang rabbie

Je ne regrette les gazebos
I haven't seen any mention of this in the local papers - press release only appeared on the website on 21 April. What does the reference to "working order" mean? Surely they don't mean that the sails will actually be turning. :confused:

Source: Lambeth Press Release
Date: 15 April 2004

Brixton Windmill set for major restoration
A treasured Brixton landmark is set to return to its former glory thanks to a £25,000 funding package provided by Lambeth Council. The Windmill in Brixton Windmill Gardens, one of the few remaining in the Greater London area, is to be extensively and expertly repaired by a specialist millwright. In addition to restoring the windmill to working order the open space surrounding it will also be redeveloped.

This restoration project promises to be a real community and local affair, with pupils from King’s Avenue School getting involved. They will be working with a professional artist to design three bespoke benches for the area.

Councillor Clare Whelan, Executive Member for Environment said: “The Brixton Windmill is a faded jewel in Brixton’s crown and I’m delighted that it’s on its way to being restored to its former glory. It’s great that an area of local historic and environmental value is to be up-graded.

“The refurbishment of the Windmill and the surrounding garden will improve and provide a much needed facility for local people to enjoy. The Friends of Windmill Gardens have also worked tirelessly to get the windmill working again and improve the surrounding area.”

In addition to the design and installation of the benches a number of other improvements will be carried out. These include repairing the slipped stocks on the sails, repairing cracking to the cap, re-pointing and painting the tower, rotating the sails to the St Andrew’s Cross position and repainting them, and installing a drinking fountain.

The works will shortly be underway and should be complete by the end of June.

Note to editors:
The Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and stopped working by wind in 1862. It was acquired by the London County Council in 1957 and was extensively rebuilt by R Thompson & Son, Millwrights of Alford, Lincolnshire in 1963.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
bit confusing but i think they're saying they're going to be:

"rotating the sails to the St Andrew’s Cross position"

email steve AT brixtonwindmillDOT org who i'm sure would be willing to explain
 

lang rabbie

Je ne regrette les gazebos
Date for your diaries

From the events page of Friends of Windmill Gardens website

Windmill Festival 2004
This year's Windmill Festival will take place in Windmill Gardens (off Blenheim Gardens, London SW2) on Sunday 11 July, starting at 2pm.

Performers already booked to appear on the stage are:
Brazilian Drums
Alfie Howard
Lambeth's Town Cryer
Susan Murray
Unaccompanied folk songs
The Grove Singers
A cappella choir
The O'Hannah Brothers
Hawaiian trio (hawaiian guitar, ukulele and vocals)
Blue Grass Quintet
Clann Na Mara
Irish traditional trio (whistles, fiddle, guitar and vocals)
Lonesome Whistle
Blues trio (guitar, harmonica, ukulele and vocals)
Flamenco Real and the Sabor de Sevilla Dancers
Flamenco show and workshop (dance, guitar and vocals)
Jazz Band and Jazz Singers

Off-stage events and activities include:
Margaret Bateson-Hill (storyteller)
Brixton Windmill Theatre Company (performance)
Archaeological dig
Face painting
Bouncy castle
Refreshments
Stalls

The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme without notice, but watch this page for further news about the festival and other events.
 

Dhimmi

Half Man Half HobNob
I was browsing through the "London Encyclopaedia" and stumbled across a mention of Brixton Windmill. Had a quick gander at the photo's on here, very interesting but also a little sad. There's only two surviving old style windmills around here, one is fully working and producing flour, the other doesn't work but is a museum.

I know it's still there, did wonder what condition it was in and if it was ever open to the public. U75 is the best place to ask I'm sure.
 

London_Calling

Pleasant and unpatronising
I toured around the (museum) windmill 2-3 years ago on that 'open house' weekend (I think it's called that, when otherwise places unavailable to the public are opened up). It was interesting becasuse I used to work in a water-driven stoneground flour mill in my yoof and there were many direct comparisons.

'Friends of Windmill Gardens' were in charge, the organisation was good, the queue's not too bad and ther tour itself was fun - it's not the biggest building in the world but was def worth a couple of hours on a nice aternoon.
 

dogmatique

merde alors
Great timing! The Windmill festival is on on Sunday. Bring all the family! A friend of mine is part of a band playing in period costume. Should be an interesting diversion if you've got little'uns.
 

whitedove

Member
dogmatique said:
Great timing! The Windmill festival is on on Sunday. Bring all the family! A friend of mine is part of a band playing in period costume. Should be an interesting diversion if you've got little'uns.
Do you know if its free ?
 

tarannau

Mongolian eyed
Yes, if it's the same as a few years ago it'll be free. I can't see them charging.

Nice little diversion for a few hours, especially for the young uns. Face painting, a chance to plant trees, a bouncy castle and the like were there when I was last down - it felt a little like Phoenix Nights had met Brixton.

And you can always shelter in the Windmill pub for a swift half or two.

:)
 

clandestino

no llevar papel
dogmatique said:
Great timing! The Windmill festival is on on Sunday. Bring all the family! A friend of mine is part of a band playing in period costume. Should be an interesting diversion if you've got little'uns.
We're going to this later. Anyone else fancy a look? It's a nice little free festival - and good weather for it too!
 

Minnie_the_Minx

someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox
tarannau said:
Yes, if it's the same as a few years ago it'll be free. I can't see them charging.

Nice little diversion for a few hours, especially for the young uns. Face painting, a chance to plant trees, a bouncy castle and the like were there when I was last down - it felt a little like Phoenix Nights had met Brixton.

And you can always shelter in the Windmill pub for a swift half or two.

:)
depends on what time he opens though
 

Dhimmi

Half Man Half HobNob
Good news, I'll put that down to it having a brick tower. Down here they were all wood and that's why there's only three left.

Look forward to the pics.
 

dogmatique

merde alors
Saw the Ed sneaking in at 5pm... You missed the play!

Really nice community day out. A load of enthusiasm from the Friends of Brixton Windmill rubbed off on the attendees. Some great acts on the little stage ranging from a costumed folk band, through a bit of Tango, some bluegrass, a brilliant Flamenco act, finishing with a family soul vocal band.

My highlight was the humble speech from a decendent of the original windmill owner who was thrilled to see so many people celebrating and helping to preserve his family's heritage. That and the marvellously executed play about the history of the windmill in period costume.

We stayed from 2 till the end, with a brief excursion to the Windmill pub, which was quickly brought to an end by flying ant day, and hence back to the park!

Here's to a bigger and better event next year!

Got a few pics on me mobile:

The majestic windmill in forboding silhouette:



The Windmill Players giving us an enjoyable history lesson:







And everyone invited to dance at the end for the continued upkeep of our beloved Windmill!



Great stuff.
 

dogmatique

merde alors
Always find flying ant day peculiar. Hadn't noticed any, then got a text from a friend in Crystal Palace bemoaning the clumsy fledglings, looked up, and there they were where they weren't a moment before. And two hours later, and they'd all largely vanished.
 

clandestino

no llevar papel
We were there for an hour and a half in the afternoon. Very relaxed, civilized day. A postively filthy song from the Hawaiian ukelele band, a bit of Tango, then some delta blues. I bought a flower for the front garden and rattled a yellow tamborine with the little one. A good day.

But where did those flying ants come from? Only really noticed them on the way back up the hill. Euuuch.
 

saucisson

whoomph! (there it is)
nice pics dogmatique.....v pleasant afternoon I thought, and I got to get back and watch the end of the tennis...winner.
 
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