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The Living Mill

Today, Wymondham Windmill has received £36,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £34,500 from East Leicestershire LEADER for an exciting project, The Living Mill, in Wymondham. The project will see the historic mill conserved and its story told by people in the local community. Essential repair works will be completed by Spring 2017.

Generations of Wymondham villagers have worked and played at this site and still it is the centre of village life. Following conservation works it will be weather tight, safe and able to tell its fascinating stories to locals and visitors alike. The building’s cap will be lifted off to allow essential repairs to the structure. There will be opportunities for people to learn traditional skills and be a part of this amazing building’s history.

Commenting on the award, Sarahjayne Fletcher said: “We are thrilled to have received support for the project will support. As the mill’s new owners we want to make sure it is here for future generations of Wymondham locals and the many visitors we get to this beautiful corner of Leicestershire.”

Three generations of the Wymondham community will come together to tell the story of their Mill. The whole site will be interpreted for visitors to explore the building’s significance to the local community over the last two centuries. The village primary and pre-schools will bring a younger voice to the interpretation and help develop teaching and learning resources so that the site’s educational value can be realised.

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “The Wymondham Windmill is a rare surviving part of our agricultural heritage and a much-loved local landmark in the heart of the village. This support, made possible by National Lottery players, will not only conserve the windmill but will allow more people to learn about its importance and history for the first time.”

The unique culture and heritage of this area is represented brilliantly by this key site and the community that surrounds it. Wymondham is proud of its 200 year old stone windmill. It has been for all that time a feature of local life and has supported the local economy and community. Today it still does much the same thing, but could do so much more. The history of the site and its people is a powerful story of a rural community living and working with nature. The mill itself is one of only four like it in the country, built from local materials and worked by generations of families still living locally. It is closely linked to our other major claim to fame: Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pie production. It was once home to not only a mill, but a bakery, diary, butchers, stables and smithy. The fields surrounding it were the training ground of perhaps the most famous race horse of all time, Red Rum. In more recent times, the site has been visited by local families for 20 years and we want to capture those memories of picnics, birthday parties and exploring the building as a child. As a complete story, the site has much to say about contemporary issues on sustainable energy, healthy eating, local food production and the rural economy.