A fine weekend threshing - but no wind for mill

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Threshing machine demonstration. EMN-150928-094813001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Threshing machine demonstration. EMN-150928-094813001

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It was glorious weather at Heckington Mill’s bygone threshing weekend, but without wind, no chance of the sails turning during the event.

Organisers said it was a fantastic turn out and everyone enjoyed it.

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Paul Gash of Sleaford with his 1961 Ingeco stationary engine. EMN-150928-094801001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Paul Gash of Sleaford with his 1961 Ingeco stationary engine. EMN-150928-094801001

The old threshing machine was busy and there were well-attended bread baking demonstrations on the Saturday. Cakes and bread from the mill’s own flour were on sale and there were other stalls including a popular venison roast.

Two live bands encouraged people to stay and try an ale at the 8 Sail Brewery’s beer festival. The brewery, which shares the mill site, launched its Rolling Stone beer, thought to be the only one using wind-powered stone-ground malt.

Co-owner Steve Doane said 24 gallons were sold over the weekend, but there is plenty more for their outlets and shop, including local Wetherspoon’s pubs. He said: “The mill and the brewery are working together and going back in time in a modern way.”

Top beer sommelier Nigel Sadler was guest of honour at the launch and took some for analysis for comparison with modern style beers to write articles in industry magazines.

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Owners of 8 Sail Brewery L-R Tony Pygott and Steve Doane. EMN-150928-094705001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Owners of 8 Sail Brewery L-R Tony Pygott and Steve Doane. EMN-150928-094705001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Threshing machine. EMN-150928-094727001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Threshing machine. EMN-150928-094727001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Linda Hewett of Fulbeck, bread making demonstration. EMN-150928-094738001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Linda Hewett of Fulbeck, bread making demonstration. EMN-150928-094738001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Paul Cook of Kirkby La Thorpe with his 1947 series 1 Field Marshall. EMN-150928-094749001

Heckington Threshing Weekend and 8 Sail Brewery beer festival at Heckington Mill. Paul Cook of Kirkby La Thorpe with his 1947 series 1 Field Marshall. EMN-150928-094749001