The last couple of months of
2011 was a mixed bag of good and not very good
events, kicking off with a trip to Hockley Mill on
the 7th November with Andy Fish to obtain
a price for treating the woodworm.
We may be able to apply for a grant again as this is
a different matter to the wheel repairs which were
partly funded by an S.P.A.B. Mills Section grant.
The following day saw me on my home ground speaking
to the “Happy Bunch” about the history of postcards.
with Andy again on the 15th , plus Mick
Edgeworth, as we attended the Newcomen Society
lecture held at the
Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, given
by Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones,
Insight into the Battle of the Atlantic”. This was
a jolly good talk, typical of the Newcomen
the History of Engineering and Technology
which I can recommend to you. For a list of all
their talks, past and present, have a look at their
Windmill on the 21st to seek ideas of
what work is needed to be done on the mill. Bad
news followed 3 days later: there is considerable
rot in the windshaft.
claimed me 2 days later for milling but found me
assisting with fitting one replacement start to the
waterwheel. As usual the real work was done by
Basil and Fred.
On December 5th
I went with several HMG members to look at what was
possibly a mill site on the Itchen Navigation.
Looked very doubtful….. very muddy and I fell
partially in the mud!
delightful HMG Winter General Meeting at Lower
Neatham Mill with a social party to follow. Many,
many thanks to Trevor and Janet Weston to allow us
practically free rein to look at the mill – and the
food was superb.
I particularly then
enjoyed the Longbridge Milling Team’s Annual Dinner
the following evening. Held at the Beech Arms,
Oakley, we had an excellent meal.
December 2011- off to Dartmouth to spend Christmas
with the family. Very pleasant.
Poor start to 2012
as on January 5th, one of our chimneys
was blown down in a violent storm, taking the
television aerial with it. Andy and Fred took
bricks and tiles to the dump. Many thanks, lads,
for making the roof safe. You don’t miss central
heating until you haven’t got it!
This was followed at
the end of the month with seven more starts
dropping out of the wheel at Longbridge Mill. We
are unable to mill until Mitchells & Butler agree to
Looked at New Forest
mills with Andy to update our information for the
forthcoming volume of our HMG mills history series