Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
New Hall Mill is open again on Monday for one of the last but one open days of 2018. 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 foot of the post.
The open day is free to enter too (although donations are welcomed).
The Friends of Newhall Mill said:
Our Major August bank holiday open day, The Friends of New Hall Mill will be opening the water mill to the public on Monday 27th August.
Despite the catastrophic failure of an underground water pipe on the 12th August open day, we are confident that we will have all the required solutions in place to enable full flour production this coming Bank holiday. Come along 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 before someone beats you to it.
We have the following events in the grounds and meadows for your enjoyment on the day.
Be entertained by Adrian with his Street Organ
At approx 11.15, Jan will be conducting a guided walk entitled ‘The Mill from The Air’, utilising Google Earth to discover more about The Mill and its environs.
In the meadows and grounds; we have bumper Displays & Demonstrations by
- West Midlands Woodturners
- Large steam models
- Laurel & Hardy
- Trinity Quilters
- Walsall Hand Spinners
- Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue
- Maidens Fayre
- Austin 7 car club
- Bournville Bread Basket
- Sutton Coldfield Photography Club
- Vintage Bike Display
- Helens Handmade Gifts
- Face Painting
- Inkwells Display
- Kitchen Equipment display
- Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists
- Smoking Memorabilia
- Birmingham & The Black Country Wildlife Trust
- Milk Bottles & Churns Display
- Gas Engine
- The Beekeeper
- Electrical Horrors
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.
Only disability assistance dogs, in harness are allowed on site.
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 ageing machinery to maintain, Tea room staff are always welcome, there are openings in all areas. Have a chat with a volunteer on Open day.
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.