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Annual General Meeting on 12 July

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The Friends of Windmill Gardens will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12 July, 7-9pm, at St Paul's Community Centre, 24 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton SW2 5BZ.  

This is an important meeting, as we will be considering a resolution to explore the options for the Friends to become an incorporated body before it signs a lease with Lambeth Council for the new education building. Full details of the resolution are on our website.

We will also be electing members of the Executive Committee. As we enter this new phase, we are particularly looking for people with business or education experience, especially as we are planning to set up an education sub-group to develop our education programme in the new building. 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping to continue the success of the Friends in this way, please email info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.


Lambeth Country Show on 14 and 15 July

Friends stall at Lambeth Country Show

The Friends will once again have a stall at the Lambeth Country Show on 14 and 15 July. This is a great chance to renew your membership, stock up on presents (including flour and our exclusive First Day Cover), and get an update on the progress of the new education building.

We're also looking for volunteers to help out on the stall for a couple of hours each day. At such a popular event it's a good opportunity for us to sign up new members and volunteers, publicise our events and spread the word about our wonderful windmill. We're a friendly bunch, so don't worry if you've never volunteered before - you'll be made very welcome! Email info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk if you can support us in this way.


Love Parks Week 14-23 July

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Love Parks Week starts next Friday 14 July and runs until Sunday 23 July. It's organised by Keep Britain Tidy, which is encouraging people to visit their local park, take a photo and share the reason why you love it on social media using the hashtag #LoveParks. You can download heart templates and posters from their website.


If you fancy showing more active love for your park, we've got two corporate volunteer days coming up in Windmill Gardens, on 7 and 14 JulyWe will be planting more bulbs around the windmill, improving the herb bed and soft fruit borders and generally tidying up the children’s play area and paths.  


If you can help for a couple of hours or all of the day please email info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk to let us know when you can join us.  We will be working in the park from 10am-12.30pm then from 1.30-3.30pm.  We will be providing a light lunch and refreshments for our volunteers.


We're also waiting to hear whether Windmill Gardens has retained the prestigious Green Flag Award for this year. The inspection results are out this month, so keep your fingers crossed!



Lambeth Heritage Festival

September is always a busy month for us, as Brixton Windmill is open two weekends, including Open House weekend on 16 and 17 September. We also have our Harvest Festival celebrations on 17 September and our Windmill Lecture on 27 September. See our website for a list of open days and events.

Lambeth Heritage Festival also runs throughout the whole month, with talks, films, music, theatre, exhibitions, walks and workshops covering a whole spread of interests and from just about every geographical perspective: everything from William Blake’s Lambeth to the Front Line. You can download the full brochure of events here.


History of Brixton Windmill in 16 Objects

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Our 15th article in this series, by Jean Kerrigan, continues the story of the Ashby family, based on one of their advertising cards from 1897.

As south London rapidly developed, the surrounding buildings reduced the wind on Brixton Hill, and Joshua Ashby moved the milling business to a watermill in Mitcham. However, he returned to Brixton in 1902 and resumed milling here, with the help of a steam engine to drive a new pair of French burrstones.

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 9 July? It starts from Brixton Windmill at 1pm and costs £5.


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

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 info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk





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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 
  • The Old Post Office Bakery.
If you or a retailer you know would like to stock our flour, please contact info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

For full details, see our website.

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24 Prague Place | London SW2 5ED                            
Phone: 07587 170029
info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk



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