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Art in the Park on 13 August

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Come along and express yourself creatively at our annual Art in the Park event at Brixton Windmill on Sunday 13 August, 2-4.30pm.  

Inspired by the amazing historic windmill and the surrounding park you can draw or paint with supportive and friendly advice on hand if required. You can bring your own paints, or if you are taking up a brush or pencil for the first time we have a supply of drawing boards, pencils and other materials for you to use.  

Children and their parents can choose from a variety of workshops.  Artist Susana Valcarcel will be leading a “Nature Collage” workshop encouraging children to create images using natural materials collected in the park.  

Other workshops on offer include:

  • Design your own T-shirt with Lamonte 
  • Windmill origami with Jeff 
  • Other family favourites such as design your own badge.  

Most activities are free, but donations for materials are always welcome. 

The windmill is also open for tours, and refreshments and merchandise, including Brixton Windmill flour, will be on sale.

We will also be running our guided walk of the Brixton Hill area, starting from Brixton Windmill at 1pm.

Bric a brac sale on 6 August

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We’re back on Sunday 6 August with our much loved bric a brac stall

We will be outside Christine’s Hairdressers, 100b Brixton Hill, 10am-4pm, selling a variety of interesting and desirable objects, books, CDs, DVDs and games as well as our freshly picked locally grown vegetables including beans, courgettes and chard at very competitive prices. Brixton Windmill flour will also be on sale.

If you have sellable items that you would like to donate please bring them along on the day or contact us if you would like us to collect before Sunday.  If you have a couple of spare hours during Sunday to help us on the stall then please email to tell us when you can come at  

All money raised at the stall goes to support our community events at Brixton Windmill in Windmill Gardens.  

Lambeth Local History Fair on 2 September

September is Lambeth’s Heritage Festival month, and for the first time the local history fair is being held at the start of the month on Saturday 2 September. 

This annual fair has moved from Lambeth Archive at Minet Library to the more accessible St Leonard’s church at the heart of the ancient parish of Streatham. 

The venue is easily accessible by public transport so we hope there will be more visitors to enjoy a coming-together of local knowledge and expertise: dozens of local societies, heritage organisations, Friends groups (including FoWG) and local history publishers will be running stalls. There is a programme of talks during the afternoon, and free guided tours of the crypt and churchyard will be running throughout the day. 

FoWG will be at the event promoting Brixton Windmill.  If you can help on our stall for a couple of hours please email to let us know.  

The full festival programme, which continues throughout September, can be downloaded here.

Other September events to add to your diary:
7 September: Bat walk in Windmill Gardens
17 September: Harvest festival
27 September: Windmill lecture on the Ashby family

History of Brixton Windmill in 16 Objects

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The final article in this series, by Ann Lee, looks at the humble loaf of bread and its symbolic meaning through the ages.

Scientific crop management, improved trading links, the invention of steam power, the introduction of roller mills and the industrialisation of bread making all increased the supply of this staple food in the 19th and 20th centuries.

However, renewed interest in more nutritious and tastier bread has brought about a revival in home baking and artisan bakers, as well as an exciting new range of breads.

If the article inspires you to bake your own, you can find a list of stockists of Brixton Windmill flour on our website.

News in brief
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  • The Dulwich summer play scheme group are visiting Brixton Windmill three times during the summer holidays. As well as visiting the windmill they watched some short videos showing milling, the sails turning and also a 1920s view of the mill yard and the windmill without any sails. They made model windmills and coloured in images of the windmill as well as having a go at grinding flour using the saddle stone and and hand quern.
  • A few limited edition Brixton Windmill first day covers are still available, featuring a full set of stamps from the Royal Mail's windmills and watermills issue. You can buy them on our open days or at the Lambeth Local History Fair (see above), or order online. Brixton Windmill a proportion of the sale price for every cover sold.
  • A report on the options for the future of Lambeth Archives has just been published for consultation. The present archive accommodation at Minet Library is not fit for purpose and the Council is looking to provide larger and better quality storage in a more accessible location. While this could be possible by redeveloping the present site in Knatchbull Road, other sites are being considered in Kennington Lane (Vauxhall) and as part of the Ovalhouse Theatre development at Somerleyton Road. Email to obtain a copy of the report. Deadline for comments: 18 August.
  • Thanks to all who helped out at our stall at the Lambeth Country Show. An interview with one of our wonderful volunteers, Annick Alet, features in this video.

Free tai chi on Saturdays
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Can you help?
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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

All the tours of Brixton Windmill and other activities are run by our team of fantastic volunteers - why not join us? 

Whether it's milling, guiding, baking, gardening, event organising, selling merchandise, setting up gazebos or making tea, there's always a wide range of tasks available, if you can spare a couple of hours a month.

And if you want to get more involved, you can join one of our sub-groups covering communications, events, education, milling, the park, or fundraising - it would be great to have you on board!

Email for more information.

24 Prague Place | London SW2 5ED                            
Phone: 07587 170029

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