Mill makes hay at threshing event

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. EMN-160926-172217001
Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. EMN-160926-172217001

There was a fantastic attendance at this year’s threshing weekend held at Heckington Mill.

The annual event drew over 800 visitors to the windmill site, who were able to enjoy a variety of activities and stalls run by local traders.

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. Paul Cool of Sleaford with his 1945 Field Marshall tractor. EMN-160926-172157001

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. Paul Cool of Sleaford with his 1945 Field Marshall tractor. EMN-160926-172157001

Many spilled over to visit the neighbouring Railway Station Museum too and saw the wider village benefit.

Displays and exhibits of stationary engines and farm machinery included the working steam powered threshing machine which threshed corn for the mill for the coming year.

New this year was a baling machine set up at the rear turning the wheat stalks into straw bales.

A baking demonstration was held in the newly refurbished bakehouse and it was the last busy weekend for the Miller’s House tea rooms before closure for the winter for its refurbishment. The bakehouse will serve as a temporary tea room over the winter.

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. L-R Jim Bailey and Pete Lett with a Ruston & Hornsby 2XHR working static engine that will drive mill stones at Heckington Mill. EMN-160926-172127001

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. L-R Jim Bailey and Pete Lett with a Ruston & Hornsby 2XHR working static engine that will drive mill stones at Heckington Mill. EMN-160926-172127001

Building work to convert the granary, cart shed and garage into a visitor centre and toilets has started on site and is due for completion in spring of 2017.

Visitors are still welcome to go along and see the work that is taking place.

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. David Mitchell of Heckington with his 1916 Amanco engine. EMN-160926-172107001

Heckington Windmill steam threshing event. David Mitchell of Heckington with his 1916 Amanco engine. EMN-160926-172107001