Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (29th May 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2017. I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a great time there on 2015 Spring Bank Holiday Monday – not enough people know about this wonderful building.
There’s also an appeal ongoing for people who may be interested to join the friends of New Hall Mill and help in all sorts of ways – the team need all kinds of expertise from guides to engineering types who may have time to spare. See the message at the door to the post.
The open day is free to enter too (although donations are welcomed).
The Friends of Newhall Mill said:
On behalf of New Hall Mill – Many thanks to yourself and your readers who contributed to the biggest ever attendance on an opening day of a season. On Sunday May 14th, almost 1000 visitors attended the event, many compliments being received as people left the site.
Well… We are about to do it all over again – On Bank Holiday Monday May 29th 2017, so Come along and enjoy yourselves.
New Hall water mill will be open to the public when you can visit and see flour being produced from wheat in the traditional way, have a go on a hand operated quern as still used in parts of the world today. Visit the gift shop, be entertained with Live music, see the many side stalls in the grounds and experience lovely walks alongside the streams and through the meadows.
There is an exhibition room and small tearoom selling cakes and beverages along with a garden shop where produce may be purchased from the millers garden. Don’t forget to visit Auntie Wainwrights to find that bargain that you always wanted.
Today’s entertainment will be supplied by U3A Big Band Jazz & Swing (12:15 – 13:00)
In the grounds there will be Displays & Demonstrations by –
- The Owen Motoring club
- Maidens Fayre Jams
- Snuffles Hedgehog rescue
- The Turner collection of Steam Models
- Bournville Bread Basket
- Art by the Timmins Twins
- Ladybird Books
- Helen’s Handmade Gifts
- Gas engine
- Castle Bromwich Hall & Gardens
- Face Painting
- Birmingham & The Black Country Wildlife Trust
… and individuals will be displaying their various collections
Two guided walks will take place at 11:15 (A walk around the mill grounds) led by Jeff Gilbert and 14:15 – (A look at the history of NewHall Valley) led by Marian Baxter. The walks last for approx 45 minutes.
Entry to the site and Parking is free, donations are always welcome in order that we raise funds to maintain the buildings for all to see in the future.
Please note that we open at 10:00 and close at 16:00 with last entry onto site being at 15:45.
Access to the mill is off Wylde Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1QU some 200 metres from National Cycle Route 534.
Having seen what we do, could you be able to assist? In order to continue holding these events, we need additional membership to help out on Open Days and Work Days. It is not all about Flour production – We have an ageing diesel engine to maintain, kitchen staff are always welcome, there are openings in all areas. Have a chat with a volunteer on Open day —– A blog reader signed up only last open day – Thanks Bob.
Hoping to see you there
Alan Dawson – A friend of New Hall Mill
More details can be found on their website – www.newhallmill.org.uk or their Facebook page here.
This is certainly a project worth visiting and supporting – please do pop along if you can. You can check out a gallery of my photos taken there last year below. I had a great time.