Union Mill The Union Mill Cranbrook
Registered charity no.1031879

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New Volunteers Open Afternoon
Anyone wishing to join our team of Windmill Stewards will be very welcome at the windmill on Saturday 17th March at 2.30pm when there will be a Pre-Season Update for Existing Stewards in the Russell Building at the same time.

The Sweeps are Back
Following repainting of the stocks on Tuesday, 27th June 2017, the refurbished sweeps were delivered and installed on the mill on Wednesday and Thursday, 28th/29th. Minor adjustments had to be made on Wednesday, 5th July, when the installation was completed. Several CWA members turned out with their cameras to record this long-awaited event and you can see some of their photos HERE. Some video was also taken which, with other footage and stills, was used to compile a video of the whole operaion. This can now be seen on YouTube.

Kent's Big Weekend
Our First open day in 2018 will be Saturday 24th March as part of Kent's Big Weekend, when Kent residents can enjoy "an amazing day out in their county for free"; visit their website to find out how. We will be open 2:30-5pm.


National Mills Weekend, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, 2018

National Mills Weekend is held on the second weekend of May each year. The weekend is organised by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. As many wind and water mills as are able open on one or both of the two days of the weekend; full details will be posted on SPAB's website. The mills that are open to the public during this national festival do not only produce flour, but are expected to include a silk mill at Whitchurch in Hampshire, a woollen mill at Trefiw near Conwy in Wales and the country's largest water-powered cotton mill at Styal in Cheshire. Some of the working mills are more than 300 years old, yet are still efficiently doing the job they were built and designed for into the 21st century.

Many mills taking part run special family events and activities during the weekend, including demonstrations and the chance to buy flour and other produce made on the premises. This event has grown year on year. The popularity of National Mills Weekend shows how important these wonderful buildings are, both in terms of our national heritage and our landscape. And, with increasing interest in natural food production and sustainable power sources it's hardly surprising that people want to find out more.

Check the Website for more details.

Union Mill will only be OPEN both days, 2:30pm-5pm as usual


Heritage Open Days - 15th and 16th September, 2018

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Check the Website for details of other places to visit.

Union Mill will only be OPEN both days, 2:30pm-5pm as usual


Coop Cranbrook Community Fund, 2017
Electric MillThe Cranbrook Windmill Association are delighted to announce that we were one of only three local Charities to have been nominated to receive funds from the Coop Community Fund for this year. Coop Members are able to choose which of the three Charities that they wish to support and the amount of the grant we will receive is based upon their spending on Coop Own Branded Products. Full details of the scheme can be found HERE.

We have been given the funds towards the costs of enhancing our displays and facilities for School Groups and other young Visitors, and in particular, to purchase an Electric Mill. This will enable us to demonstrate the milling process to Visitors at all times, and would not be reliant upon the strength of the wind and the availability of qualified millers.

We are very pleased to announce that the Electric Mill arrived in mid-May, 2017, and is now installed in the Russell Building. After a short run to set up the feed-rate and the optimum gap between the stones, a reasonable quantity of flour was ground and bagged up for sale over the Bank Holiday Weekend of May 27th-29th. This coincided with the "Cranbrook Goes Nuts in May" event, which greatly boosted the number of visitors to the mill with about 180 on the Monday.

Miller's Workshop Museum

On Sunday, 26th June, 2016, the "Windmill Workshop Museum" was formally opened in the Russell building behind the Mill. This takes the form of a miller's workshop as it might have looked in the time of the last miller, John Russell, and has been created as a memorial to Wynn Tremenheere, who died the previous year and gave so much of his time and energy over many years to the Windmill and the Association. During that time he also accumulated a valuable archive of books, photos, and information relating to windmills in general, but more particularly, to the Union Mill, its history, and the people who worked in it.

Wynn Tremenheere
Wynn at Rolvenden post mill
Miller's Workshop
One view of the workshop
Wynn Tremenheere
Fixing the bunting for a special day

The formal opening was attended by Wynn's extended family, many visiting the UK from down under.