Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… It’s New Hall Mill’s 1940s event!
New Hall Mill is open again today for one of the last open days of 2019. 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:
New Hall Mill – Step back in time to the 1940’s on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August
The Friends of New Hall Mill will be opening the water mill to the public on BH Monday 26th August for a 1940’s themed event. Imagine that we are in the grips of WW2, the blitz, the home guard, rationing, etc
Come along and see flour being produced from wheat in the traditional way, have a go on a hand operated quern as used in parts of the world today.
Robin and her team of Nippies will be serving cakes and beverages in Robins Rest tearoom. Our Dig for Victory campaign allows us to sell produce from the millers garden. Visit the 1940’s exhibition in the gift shop. Don’t forget to visit Auntie Wainwrights to find that something extra that you require without the need for your ration book..
For your entertainment, 1940’s music and a singer will be boosting morale in these trying times throughout the day.
Come along and see –
- Mrs Mack’s Rationing
- Peggy Skivvy’s Washday
- The Royal Warwickshire Regiment Re-enactors
- Life in the 1940’s display
- Birmingham on the Home Front in WW2 (including The Home Guard and the Blitz) exhibition
- Laurel & Hardy
- Austin Seven Car Club
- Vintage Alvis & period picnic display
- Biros display (they originated in the 40’s)
- Vintage radios with Sutton Radio Society
Also on the day some of our usual favourites –
- Bournville Bread Basket
- Maidens Fayre Jams
- West Midlands Wood Turners
- Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue
- Sutton Coldfield Trinity Quilters
- Walsall Spinners
- The National Trust
- Models Collection
- Vintage Bikes
We welcome visitors attending in period dress to come and join us, however please note that ONLY British and Allied military uniformed personnel will be allowed on site. STRICTLY – No opposition forces.
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 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, keep your head down
Alan Dawson – A friend of New Hall Mill.
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 below. I had a great time.