Restored windmill’s flour to go on sale

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Flour produced at Holgate Windmill near York is set to go on sale.

The windmill, which has undergone a £500,000 restoration thanks to the hard work by members of the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society, was officially opened in June and is now back up and running.

Its stoneground, wholemeal flour was this week put to the test when it was used in a Nigella Lawson recipe for bread, and tasted by the cook herself. It will soon be put on sale to the public.

The Grade II listed windmill’s restoration to its original purpose has been aided by its recent success in winning a Biffa Building Communities Award, an accolade given to community and environmental projects using money levied from landfill taxes.

This year there were some 200 entries with 25 shortlisted and the award, which includes a £2,000 prize, is being put to good use as the mill begins to produce flour.

Experienced miller and millwright Dave Andrews has been employed to get production under way and is also teaching Holgate Windmill Preservation Society members how to operate the machinery and mill grain. Income raised from sales is likely to towards the cost of maintaining the mill.

The windmill, which dates back to the 1700s, was restored by local residents after falling into disrepair. A society tasked with its revival was formed in 2001 and set about fundraising.

A series of grants including lottery money and support from City of York Council have assisted the process.

Painstaking work was carried out on the open top to seal it against the elements and a new white cap with ball finial, brake wheel, windshaft, shears and fivefold iron cross including the fantail rack was craned on to the mill in 2009. Its white sails were added last year.

A spokesperson said: “Was the bread delicious? Judge for yourself when Holgate Windmill flour becomes available for sale.”