Your Windmill Needs You!

Oct 12, 2023

A message from Tom Huggon, Chair of the Green’s Windmill Trust.

Tom Huggon, Chair of the Green’s Windmill TrustThirteen years ago a small group of people joined together to manage Green’s Windmill and Science Centre in partnership with Nottingham City Council (who own the windmill).

We set up the Green’s Windmill Trust and since then the Mill has gone from strength to strength providing many events for visitors and families, creating the Community Garden, encouraging our excellent volunteers, connecting with the local community, providing educational activities and, of course, promoting the work and reputation of George Green, the ‘mathematical miller’.

Along the way we have received many awards such as National Bread Heroes for continuing to provide flour when there was none to be had in shops during the Covid pandemic and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We have also had a lot of fun, too.

But we are the victims of our own success and really need more good people to ensure that Green’s Windmill continues to thrive and develop. If you have useful skills and experience and think that you might like to join us, we would love to hear from you.

Here are some of the activities where you might contribute.

Education

Educational sessions at Green's WindmillProviding educational opportunities for all ages has always been at the heart of what we do. Could you work with us to develop new educational activities, promote them to schools and other organisations?

Finances

Do you have experience of bookkeeping and accounting procedures? We need someone to assist our Treasurer to receive grants and other income, make payments, pay the two staff employed by the Trust and prepare accounts for annual examination. Not the most glamorous job but so essential to keeping the show on the road.

Trading

Flour in the Green's Windmill ShopThe Trust has an associated trading company that manages the sale of flour and souvenirs at the Mill. This is a vital source of income for us. But we think that we are not making the most of a great brand (who doesn’t love a windmill?) Do you have the experience in retail to develop and extend our trading, e.g. through web-based sales and increasing the product range?

Volunteers

A group of volunteers and staff smilingWe could not stay open without our wonderful volunteers who greet visitors, work in the shop/reception, assist our millers, maintain our Community Garden and do all manner of other useful jobs. Would you like to help us to co-ordinate the team, recruit more volunteers and assist with their induction and training?

PR and Publicity

The miller being interviewed by a journalistIt is essential that we tell the world what we do, where we are and why they should come and visit us. Our visitors range from local people who enjoy our various events and activities to scientists from all over the world who know about and use George Green’s mathematics. Could you help us write and disseminate press releases, manage and contribute to our social media, edit and distribute our popular occasional Newsletter?

Fundraising

Fundraising is a perpetual activity for us as grants and other donations are our life blood. We know that there is money ‘out there’. Do you have the tenacity to ferret out potential sources of funds and to work with us in making grant applications? Again, not a particularly glamorous job but, oh, the satisfaction when the money rolls in.

Business

Do you have connections with the local – and national? – business community? Since the project to restore Green’s Mill started in the 1970s we have been supported by many businesses and organisations. Could you be an ambassador for us to continue to raise our profile and elicit further support?

Archivist

Old painting of Green's WindmillAt Green’s Mill we have an extensive photographic collection as well as many documents and other resources relating to milling and to George Green. Are you an ‘organiser’ who could help us make them more accessible at the Mill or on our website?

Something else?

Green's Windmill Staff dressed in Victorian clothingPerhaps you would like to play a part in helping us by becoming part of our very friendly team but don’t feel that any of the above would suit you. We would still love to hear from you and have a chat about what we might do together. As was once said of us, there’s lots of housekeeping to do but occasionally we have a party.

The Way Forward

Interested? Then please contact our Heritage Development Officer Jamie Duff at Green’s Mill who can arrange for you to meet with our trustees, staff and volunteers, have a tour of the Mill, a cup of tea and a chat.

t 0115 9156878
e info@greensmill.org.uk
fb www.facebook.com/greenswindmill

Thank you,
Tom Huggon

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