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Diesel engine to drive Heckington windmill’s ambitions

Heckington Windmill Trust kicked off its Easter weekend with the delivery of a key part of its plans to develop the site as a leading visitor attraction.

Heckington Windmill Trust kicked off its Easter weekend with the delivery of a key part of its plans to develop the site as a leading visitor attraction.

 

A 1955 Ruston and Hornsby diesel engine has been purchased from Richard Sargent of Chesterfield after an extensive search to find an appropriate model to be installed in the old cart sheds within the next 18 months and used to power stones on the ground floor of the mill. Chairman of the Heckington Windmill Trust Charles Pinchbeck said it was another major step forward for the project. It is known that an engine by the same Lincolnshire manufacturer had been used in the mill in the 1920s but had long since gone. He said: “With the wheelchair lift, everybody will be able to see milling machinery at work and we will always be able to have flour whatever the wind does.”

 

He said it demonstrates another stage in the mill’s past and the advance of milling technology from hand, to wind to diesel power.

 

Ninety per cent of the £3,250 purchase price has been funded by an Arts Council grant from the PRISM Fund. The 13 horsepower engine was originally used to train students at Bristol Aerospace’s technical college in Bristol. With no key ignition it is started by the turn of a handle.

 

During the weekend visitors could try their hand at an Easter egg trail in the mill and enjoy baking demonstrations by Sherry Forbes.

Please visit the Sleaford Standard website for the video.

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