LAC visit to Heckington Mill, Nr Sleaford, Lincolnshire
The mill has eight sails – thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. It was renovated in 2017 with the help of lottery funding.
We met for morning coffee in the Garden Room within the Millhouse Tearooms. If you are part of a smaller group, there are period rooms where you can sit and have refreshments.
The fantail acts like a weather vane to swing the sails into the wind. Unfortunately, this was sent away for repair recently while we had those high winds in March. As a result, the sails experienced a massive reverse backdraft which meant the sails rotated backwards breaking the wooden teeth on the cogs made of apple and pear wood Teeth are wooden to prevent sparks; flour dust is highly flammable. Until this is vital piece of machinery is mended the windmill cannot work.
A great day out for the club