Learn, bake, mill at Brixton Windmill

by Friends of Windmill Gardens in Blenheim Gardens, Greater London, England

We did it
On 4th July 2018 we successfully raised £15,148 with 197 supporters in 28 days

We're raising money to kit out the new Brixton Windmill education centre for local schools, visitors and community.

by Friends of Windmill Gardens in Blenheim Gardens, Greater London, England

New stretch target

We are overfunding – check out what we can do if we reach £18K!

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who helped us reach our original target of £12K, we’ve set a stretch target of £18K.

Because we reached our original target, we will definitely get the money - this is to help those of you who are late to the party. ;-)

We will spend the extra money on producing new interpretation boards to go inside the education centre and updating and improving our website so that:

  •  school groups can book workshops online
  • local community groups can hire space
  • volunteers can volunteer for upcoming events.

We've also introduced a new reward for £10 - a striking badge that identifies you as a supporter of our successful crowdfunding campaign.

We're bowled over by the support we've received so far and are very excited about this opportunity to make life easier for users of the new education centre. Let’s see how far we can go by midday on 4 July!


Brixton Windmill is a unique 200-year-old listed building in an urban park, where a new education centre will be completed in December 2018. 

The Friends of Windmill Gardens are raising money to kit out the centre so it can host school visits, baking workshops and community activities.

From trashed to treasured

The Friends, who are all volunteers, were formed in 2003 to campaign for the restoration of Brixton Windmill, which was derelict in those days. We achieved this in 2011, with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and match funding from Lambeth Council.

Since the restoration we've run free tours of the windmill on summer weekends, organised community events in the park, offered workshops on bread and flour production to local schools, and started milling flour, which we sell to local bakeries and shops.

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We've done all this in a building shared with the local nursery, so availability, storage and facilities are very limited.

Now Brixton-based award-winning architect Squire & Partners has designed us a new building for free (see sketches below), and Lambeth Council is paying for its construction. This means we can expand our schools education programme, offer other workshops such as baking classes and milling experiences, provide better facilities such as toilets for park users, and hire the space out to local groups for meetings and events.

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But we need to kit out the interior. Some of this money will come from grants, but we are asking you to help.


How we will spend the money

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Fancy volunteering?

We have loads of rewards to say thank you for your amazing support - see right! Or if you can't help financially, we'll need to expand our pool of dedicated volunteers once the centre opens. If you'd like to train as a guide or miller, help out with education or fundraising, bake cakes for our open days, or just come along and muck in, you'd be very welcome. It's a great way to meet new people and develop new skills.  For more information see http://brixtonwindmill.org/

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Thank you - please share!

Thank you for reading this far and even bigger thanks if you've donated! Crowdfunder is an all or nothing platform so if we don't reach our target by midday on Wednesday 4 July we won't get anything - please share the campaign with your friends and family.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

6 of 100 claimed

Crowdfund supporter badge

*NEW!!* Specially for the stretch target, this exclusive badge marks you out as a supporter of our successful crowdfunding campaign. Congratulations!

£10 or more

45 of 100 claimed

500g flour

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Small bag of flour freshly ground at Brixton Windmill Drop in and collect, January 2019

£20 or more

13 of 50 claimed

Windmill postcard set

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + A set of six windmill postcards, historical and contemporary Drop in and collect, January 2019

£25 or more

11 of 30 claimed

500g flour + guidebook

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Small bag of flour freshly ground at Brixton Windmill + Full colour guidebook Drop in and collect, January 2019

£30 or more

10 of 30 claimed

Windmill mug + guidebook

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Windmill mug + Full colour guidebook to Brixton Windmill Drop in and collect, January 2019

£50 or more

13 of 15 claimed

500g flour + tote bag

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Small bag of flour freshly milled at Brixton Windmill + Brixton Windmill cotton tote bag Drop in and collect, January 2019

£75 or more

5 of 10 claimed

1.5kg flour + guidebook + bookmark

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Large bag of flour freshly milled at Brixton Windmill + Full colour guidebook to Brixton Windmill + Brixton Windmill magnetic bookmark Drop in and collect, January 2019

£100 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Tote bag + Mill Memories + bookmark

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Brixton Windmill tote bag + Full colour Mill Memories book + Brixton Windmill magnetic bookmark Drop in and collect, January 2019

£150 or more

5 of 5 claimed

1.5kg flour + tote bag + guidebook + Mill Memories

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Large bag of flour freshly milled at Brixton Windmlil + Brixton Windmill tote bag + Full colour guidebook + Full colour Mill Memories book Drop in and collect, January 2019

£250 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Tote bag + T-shirt + guidebook + Mill Memories

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Brixton Windmill tote bag + Black typographic Brixton Windmill T-shirt + Full colour guidebook + Full colour Mill Memories book Drop in and collect, January 2019

£350 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Bag + Mill Memories + guidebook + beer+T-shirt

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Brixton Windmill tote bag + Full colour Mill Memories book + Full colour guidebook to Brixton Windmill + 6 x bottles of beer from Brixton Brewery + Brixton Brewery T-shirt Drop in and collect, January 2019

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

1.5kg flour + print + apron + bakery tour

- Invitation to opening party in January 2019 + Large bag of flour freshly milled at Brixton Windmill + Limited edition Brixton Brewery print + Tour of Old Post Office Bakery + Old Post Office Bakery apron Drop in and collect, January 2019

£1,000 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Milling session for 5 people

Spend half a day in Brixton Windmill with four friends, learning about the history of this Grade II* listed building on a private tour, then grinding and bagging some flour to take home with you.

£2,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Milling and baking day for 5 people

Spend a day with four friends at Brixton Windmill - learning about the history of this Grade II* listed building on a private guided tour - grinding and bagging flour - using the flour in a baking workshop in the new education centre.


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