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Brixton Windmill First Day Cover

Brixton Windmill first day cover

On 20 June Royal Mail will be issuing a set of six stamps featuring windmills and watermills. 

Sadly, Brixton Windmill is not one of those included, but to mark the occasion we have collaboarated with Buckingham Covers to produce a special First Day Cover that features an image of Brixton Windmill, all six stamps and a special Brixton postmark dated 20 June 2017. 

For every cover sold via our website, the Friends will receive a donation - click here for more information. We will also have some covers available to buy at our open days.

Five-a-side football on 17 June

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The Friends of Windmill Gardens annual five-a-side football tournament take place in Windmill Gardens on Saturday 17 June, starting at 10.30am sharp. 

There are four age categories: under-8s, under-12s, under-14s and under-16s. All participants get a medal, and the winning teams will have their names inscribed on a shield. More information and a booking form are available on our website.

We are grateful to Blenheim Gardens Resident Management Organisation, The London Community Foundation, Comic Relief, and Community Education Foundation & Lyncx for supporting this event.

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AGM and Volunteer Week 2017

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As Volunteer Week 2017 comes to an end, we'd like to say a big thank you to those who give up their time to contribute to the success of the Friends. 

We have achieved a phenomenal amount in the 14 years since the Friends were founded, and we were honoured to be shortlisted for the Museums & Heritage Award for Volunteer Team of the Year recently. Although we didn't win, we will continue our ambitious plans to improve Brixton Windmill and Windmill Gardens.

At our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12 July at St Paul's Community Centre, 24 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ, we hope to have some news about how these plans are progressing, with updates on the tendering for the new education building and on our application to the Resilient Heritage Fund. A more detailed agenda will be announced closer to the date.

And if you'd like to join our great team of helpers, just email We're particularly on the lookout for bakers to bake cakes to sell to visitors on our open days (we'll pay for the ingredients).

Alternatively, we're open this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 June), 2-5pm, so if you'd like to come along and chat to some volunteers about what they do you'd be very welcome.

Brixton Windmill flour stockists

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We now have several local stockists who sell Brixton Windmill flour, including Brixton Cornercopia, Brixton Pound Cafe, Brixton Wholefoods, Dugard & Daughters, F Mondays and The Old Post Office Bakery.

Dulwich Picture Gallery no longer sells flour, but we are currently in talks with a couple of other retailers, including one in Dulwich, so watch this space! Details of all flour stockists are on our website.

If you know of any other local retailers who would like to sell our flour, please ask them to email They must be reasonably close to Brixton as we currently do not have the resources to deliver flour further afield.

History of Brixton Windmill in 16 Objects

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Are you keeping up? So far we've published 14 of the 16 articles in this series, looking in more detail at the importance of some of the items you can see at the windmill, linking them to social and technological developments as well as local history.

The latest piece, by Jean Kerrigan, looks at Mill Cottage, one of a cluster of buildings that originally stood next to Brixton Windmill, and its links to the Ashby family who operated the mill.

With the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1815 and the invention of roller mills in 1834, this was a challenging period for the Ashby millers, who managed to thrive despite increasing urbanisation of the area.

If you're interested in the history of the Brixton Hill area, why not join our guided walk with Liz du Parcq, a Blue Badge guide, this Sunday 11 June? It starts from Brixton Windmill at 1pm and costs £5.

Free tai chi on Saturdays
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Windmill groups
Free tai chi classes take place in Windmill Gardens every Saturday morning, 11am - noon, with experienced local teachers Nigel Gilderson and Anna Franklin.

Regular tai chi exercise can improve mobility and balance and help relieve joint pain. Classes are open to all levels of ability - no previous experience necessary. All ages welcome. No booking needed - just turn up to join in. Loose, warm clothing and light footwear advisable.

We are grateful to Lambeth Community Fund and the London Community Foundation for supporting these classes.

For more information phone 07587170029 or email

To get involved in any of the groups, email
  • Communications - Handles digital communications, exhibitions, website updates, newsletters, press, merchandising
  • Events - Organises the annual festival as well as other special events
  • Sustainability - Oversees strategy for raising money
  • Parks - Works to improve Windmill Gardens through planting bulbs, wheat, herbs and other activities
  • Millers - Grind wheat and handle pricing and sales strategy for flour

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