The Mill

Newsletter of the Friends of High Salvington Windmill
Issue 24 - Spring 2017

New visitor attractions are unique

Two new features at the High Salvington Mill site are expected to interest visitors during the coming months. A tower for a wind generator was erected in the summer of 2016, and another tower, erected in November 2016, will support a water pump.

Two new features at the High Salvington Mill are unique

The towers, and the associated engines, came from Nutley, East Sussex, where they had lain dismantled in a field for many years. Peter Casebow arranged for them to be moved to High Salvington some time ago and work has been carried out intermittently on the towers and the mechanical parts as and when volunteers were available. Last year a determined push took place to erect the two towers. "I have no doubt that completing this work makes the High Salvington Mill site unique in powering water, flour production, and electricity by wind", says Ian Fairclough, a member of the construction team.

The wind generator, for which work on the tower was completed last July, will demonstrate the generation of electricity. "A plan as to how this might work is being formulated", says Ian Fairclough. "The idea is to install a series of electric light bulbs which will be lit by the generator. In principle this sounds as if it is an easy task but there needs to be some form of regulator in place on the generator and control of the generation process installed so that the whole unit can be operated safely."

Ian Fairclough reports that "significant efforts were made by volunteers in the autumn of 2016 in order to dig a very large hole to accommodate the second tower. In addition a great deal of concrete had to be mixed, followed by backfilling to reinstate the site.

"Having got both towers installed we have turned our attention to getting them operational. Currently, suitable equipment is being evaluated." The wind pump, for example, needs a suitable pump, the sourcing of which is in hand. Renovation of other parts in order to make the pump functional is nearing completion.

Dave Parsons, Sean Flynn, and Ian Fairclough have been leading the project with Peter Casebow and Roy Beynon acting as consultants. The project is extremely grateful to Nick Simpson who has provided electrical expertise in connection with generating requirements. In addition there has been much hard graft by the leaders of the project and those who volunteered to dig holes, manoeuvre the towers into position, concrete them in, and backfill. "Thanks go to Greg Page, Dave Storey, Adam Williams, Johnnie '2sheds', Jonathan Potts, and Bob Potts who, on a regular basis, provided the grunt to make things happen."

Getting the towers erected has given renewed impetus to obtaining the end result – getting the wind engines working. "We look forward to showing off the new wind-powered machines to visitors this year", says Ian Fairclough.

Tom Wye, chairman of the High Salvington Mill Trust, comments: "The two new wind pumps/engines are a major addition to the Mill site. We will be unique in Sussex for having food, water, and electricity being produced in one small field by wind power. It also will give the site the WOW factor when children visit.

"Well done to all of the marvellous volunteers who made this possible."

Donate excess plants to boost Mill's coffers

Christine Shane (01903 267403) is asking all gardeners who are supporters of the High Salvington Mill to donate pot plants to the gardening stall at the Annual Fete (Sunday, 9 July). "When local gardeners are dividing their perennial flower clumps in the next few months we would really appreciate them putting left-over and unwanted plants in flowerpots so that they can be sold to boost funds for the Mill", says Christine Shane.

Mill Craft Fair

Visitors to the 2016 High Salvington Windmill craft fair at the hand-crafted walking stick stall

Visitors to the 2016 High Salvington Windmill craft fair at the hand-crafted walking stick stall

Help keep the Mill grounds tidy

Apologies to Ian Fairclough for the publication in the Autumn 2016 Newsletter of an incorrect email address that accompanied his plea for volunteers to help maintain the Mill grounds.

Tasks for which assistance is sought include hedge trimming, keeping paving clear, and general clipping and trimming in order to keep the site neat and tidy. Ian and his colleague, John, usually work at the Mill on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons but if this is not convenient volunteers can chose their own times. "Two or three hours a month is all that is required so it is not a big commitment", says Ian Fairclough.

Contact Ian by telephone on 01903 267354 or by email on iandxf@hotmail.com

Archivists' report

A new illustrated booklet, 'From Queen to Computer' includes information on the High Salvington mill among a number of case studies on restored mills. Published by The Mills Archive Trust the publication covers the history of flour milling and will be available from the shop at £2. Note: Those attending the 'Volunteers Morning' at the Mill on 19 March will be able to purchase the booklet for £1.50.

"There is more interesting machinery in the Roundhouse than you might think", say the archivists. Farm scales, a Victorian treadle lathe, and a farm lifting trolley are among many items displayed. All have simple labels of explanation on them. The archivists are seeking photographs of such machinery in operation.

Two new information boards about the mill's sails have been completed.

The first describes the pair of shutter sails and centres on the old sail levers found at the site when the Mill Trust was formed in 1976. Though incomplete, the sail levers showed enough of the original design to allow new ones to be made. Photographs illustrate how they work in opening and closing the shutter sails.

The second board looks at the common (cloth) sails and how they are shaped to make the most use of the wind. To get the shape from straight pieces of wood volunteers came up with their own solution – the 'Angleometer'.

Both boards are currently located in the Roundhouse but they may be moved to the Granary during the summer.

Durrington Festival

On 10 June the Mill will have a stand at the Durrington Festival. This follows a useful and interesting day with a stand at the Seed Swap event on 4 February.

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'The Mill' is edited by Bob Brooks.
Email: bobbrooks@btconnect.com