Quainton Windmill Society - enthusiastically preserving our heritage for future generations to enjoy

 
 
 

NEWS   &   UPDATES

 
 
     
 
 
 

POSTED 22th March 2021

Winner of the ‘Best Photograph of the Windmill in Winter’ Competition

We had 29 lovely winter images submitted to our new Gallery page and we sought people’s opinion on
Facebook of their favourite three images. The photograph receiving the most votes was taken by Angela
Wilkinson who wins a 10 voucher to be spent at Quainton Village Stores.

It shows the mill on an atmospheric snowy morning. Angela said “The photograph was taken at 10:06 on
24th January this year. I was at the stables putting my horses out and the windmill looked so pretty in
the snow that I just had to take a picture of it”.



POSTED 22nd December 2020


Very Merry Christmas to You All

During these difficult times we wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and hope for 2021.

Above is a delightful photo from Jan Stiegler, one of our team, showing Quainton Windmill behind the
village Christmas Tree on Quainton Green. Our village is lucky to have a dedicated Firework Committee
who undertake difficult tasks for the good of our great village.



POSTED 11th November 2020



The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was the armistice signed at Le Francport near Compigne that ended
fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their last remaining opponent.

In acknowledgment of the sacrifices of the brave members of the armed forces, our large poppy was
displayed from the wooden balcony on the outside of the mill. It was prominently positioned facing The
Green and made a fitting backdrop for Sunday's well attended COVID-19 compliant service.

'Lest we forget'




POSTED 8th September 2020

Windmill Garden Merchandise - Ideal for Christmas Presents

Solidly made Bird Boxes with Windmill Motif.



Bird Box 20.00 plain or 22.00 stained.

Gardener's Trug 10.00
Helps to keep all of your gardening items together.
 

 

Boot Remover - 7.00
Remove you boots with ease.

POSTED 27th July 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 risk the 2020 Annual Garden Party has been cancelled. It has also been
decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting until May 2021. The management committee issues a
quarterly newsletter which provides information for all of our supporters.

POSTED 25th July 2020



Many thanks to Richard Vining for contributing this fabulous photo of our windmill beneath a rainbow.

POSTED 5th July 2020

We are now open after Covid 19 and have introduced compulsory glove wearing by all guests. There is
hand-wash and wipes available as people enter. Having six floors in our windmill aids social distancing, conversely everyone has to ascend and descend the same stairs.



POSTED 8th May 2020

The public celebrations in Quainton of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe had to be curtailed
because of Covid 19. This did not limit the impressive individual commemorations at many of the houses
in the village.

The Silent Soldier was displayed on The Green and a Union Flag was displayed from the windmill gallery.

FYI whenever our volunteers are in the Mill they always observe social distancing guidelines.



POSTED 29th March 2020



TODAY TONY & JANE DIGGORY BECAME GRANDPARENTS
Their daughter Alice gave birth to a boy, Edward weighing just over 8 pounds. Both Tony & Jane are
supporters of the Quainton Windmill Society, he in particular has given hours of dedicated work to
restoring the windmill.

He will be buying "the beers" when normality returns.



POSTED 26th March 2020
TWELVE MONTHS SINCE THE SAILS WERE LIFTED INTO POSITION

The 26th March 2019 was the first of two days when with the aid of a giant crane and 'cherry picker'
we lifted the four sails back into position following six years of refurbishment by the Technical Team.

Three weeks later the sails turned for the first time.



POSTED 24th March 2020
SEEING THE BENEFIT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HARD WORK

Last year the volunteers at the windmill were delighted when the Quainton Garden Society offered to
create, organise and fund a new garden arrangement in the front of the windmill. With the lovely Spring sunshine the display of tulips is a sight to behold. However it is in contrast to the Covid 19 lock-down,
which means that sadly there is no public access to the Mill.

We are grateful to Sue Wright, Margaret Willoughby and other members of the Quainton Garden Society
for their generous help.



POSTED - 14th January 2020
FLOUR GROUND & FUTURE EVENTS



On Thursday 9 January the Technical Team ground flour for the first time in over eight years.
Some of the flour produced was taken home to see if it could be used in baking. The team was delighted
the following Sunday morning when Kath Heirons brought some muffins to the Mill made from the flour
produced, and very tasty they were.

It is not currently our intention to produce flour to sell, but if someone in the village would like to get
involved in this aspect of the Mill operation please contact one of the team.

There are less than 40 working windmills in the UK and so we are fortunate to have one in our village.
It is open every Sunday morning from 10.00am to 12.30pm for visitors. We seek to have the sails working
whenever possible, you will see ongoing work and be able to talk and ask questions to any of the team.

In the coming year we are planning the following events, so please put them in your diary and come and
join us, and if you didn't make it to the Mulled Wine event in December, then you missed a treat.

8 - 10 May 2020
VE Day celebrations with refreshments
20 May 2020
Annual General Meeting in Quainton's Memorial Hall
9 August 2020
Annual Garden Party for members - with music, wine and dancing
December 2020
Christmas Mulled Wine



POSTED - 16th December 2019
MINCE PIES & MULLED WINE




For two Sundays in December the volunteers at the windmill served mince pies and mulled wine to
visitors from the village. The festive fare was provided by Arthur & Marian Swain and Mike & Gill Roberts.

The highlight of the season festivities occurred when Father Christmas and his helper appeared
unannounced, it is rumoured that Sam & Luke Jacobs may have been involved.

Normally the volunteers, who are "The Gnomes of the Windmill", are not allowed to be seen by the public
but in these generous times they were allowed into the workshop for a coffee.

They are from the left Mike Roberts, Robin Webb, Tony Diggory and Richard Vining.

Colin Dancer, whose family own the windmill, is pictured with Jan Stiegeler who helped supply the
Christmas decorations.



POSTED - 20 November 2019
PROUDLY DISPLAYING A POPPY



A large poppy was displayed from the wooden balcony on the outside of the mill. It was prominently
positioned facing The Green and many residents were delighted the windmill team were recognising
the sacrifices of the brave members of the armed forces.

Special thanks is due to Ian Bragg for making the poppy.



POSTED - 11 September 2019
QUAINTON WINDMILL SOCIETY ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY 2019




A wonderful time was had by all at this year's event as shown in these photos. Hosted by Colin Dancer in
his lovely garden. This was our biggest and best Garden Party so far, with the new addition this year of
live music provided by U3A Ukulele Band - Including our local girl Gill - Plus our very own local musical
trio starring: Alan, Elaine, and Judy.

The weather made for a perfect day and activities included croquet and skittles.

The committee would like to thank Colin Dancer for his kind hospitality, all of the helpers for their hard
work, and supplying the wonderful food to help make the day was a great success.

Thanks also to everyone who attended, making this event a wonderful day to remember.

 

 
 
Copyright 2020 Quainton Windmill Society