Trouble at Heage Windmill warning

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Volunteers at Heage windmill warn the tourist attraction faces a staffing ‘crisis’ and may be forced to reduce opening hours at weekends.

The number of ‘meeters and greeters’ at the visitor centre, who welcome tourists, provide refreshments, sell souvenirs and arrange guided tours, has been ‘severely diminished’ says trustee Alan Gifford.

He said: “Over the years we have had a team of ‘regulars’ who have provided this service to our guests but passing years, changed family circumstances and illness has severely diminished the group. So much so that unless we are able to find a few new helpers we may have to reduce the opening hours of the mill at the weekends. Something we really want to avoid.”

The windmill is now looking for people over 16 who can ‘easily relate with others and who enjoy operating in a happy, social, atmosphere.’

Full training will be given and no computer work is involved.

To find out more contact Lynn Allen on 01773 715177 or email