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The Suffolk Mills Group will be formally thanked for 40 years of work protecting windmills and watermills in the county by the High Sherrif of Suffolk Geoffrey Probert at an event at Kersey mill on the morning of Sunday 22nd October 2017, circa 11am. Members are cordially invited to attend.
Woodbridge Buttrum's Mill (an important Grade II* tower mill) is now on the market, for the first time since the 1960's. The mill is leased to Suffolk County Council until 2050. It is being sold by formal tender and bids have to be in by noon Tuesday 7th November. The details are on Rightmove and Neals are the agents:
We hear the sad news of the death of John Capps. John helped to run the Friends of Norfolk Windmills and its successor Norfolk Mills Group for many years, and organised several mill tours to the Continent. He also assisted in mill repairs through his business, Thurton Foundry. We extend our condolences to his widow Maureen and the rest of his family.
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News - in photos
Progress repainting the buck and fan carriage at Framsden windmill. Photographs by Mr William Griffiths (16th August 2017):


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Framsden windmill is now visible for the first time in years. Don't you just miss the ghastly leylandii? Photographs by Mr William Griffiths (April 2017)

New engine shed at Thelnetham (September 2016)


Sail shutters and striking gear removed from the sails of Pakenham windmill September 3-4 2016 for safety as cap is no longer turning to wind.

Martin Whitworth, owner of Buttrum’s Mill at Woodbridge since the late 1960’s sadly died on September 5 2016 after a short illness. He was 90.

Walton (near Felixstowe) smock mill will be open on Sunday September 11 2016 between 10am – 4pm as part of Felixstowe Heritage Open Day event.


The new sails at Thorpeness mill were being fitted with a pair of shutters on Wednesday 11th June 2014. Seen in the photo are Tim Whiting and Vincent Pargeter.



Mark Barnard was at Bardwell on 17th October 2013 when Jonathan Wheeler was painting the cap with white lead from a cherry picker. The dirt on the cap has been cleaned off during the summer and with the paint it now looks smart again. The new fantail blades are under construction but will not be fitted until 2014.


Good progress is being made applying the sheet aluminium cladding to the roof at Framsden mill. The main work should be completed by this coming weekend although the scaffold platforms will be left in place over the winter for finishing off next year. Photo taken Tuesday 24th September 2013 showing Bill Griffiths applying a sheet on the north side of the roof.


The new sails were craned on at Thorpeness mill on Wednesday September 25th. Everything went smoothly under the guidance of Vincent Pargeter assisted by Tim Whiting. See 2 photos. The fantail blades and some sail shutters will now be added and the sails should be turning by early October.


Work is currently under way to the roof of Framsden post mill. The bituminous felt applied in the 1960’s was starting to fail badly and the roof is now being re-clad by Suffolk Mills Group volunteers. The old felt and hardboard base has been removed, and 2 layers of plywood are being applied to the old weatherboards, followed by sheet aluminium. The cladding may be completed this year (weather permitting) and painting will probably have to wait until 2014. See photo. Showing the plywood going on.



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