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Sheila Hearsum

Volunteer miller

Tell us a bit about yourself - what do you do when you're not volunteering?

When not volunteering I enjoy very different types of fitness classes, including cheerleading, socialising, skiing and city break holidays, doing creative things and gardening.

What sort of volunteering work do you do with FoWG?

At the mill I have taken part in milling and gardening, and I have sold teas, bric-a-brac and merchandise. I also found a local supplier for the flour and delivered it, and I distribute events leaflets where I can locally near my home.

How did you get into volunteering with FoWG?
I have known about the windmill for sometime, but just before I retired I saw a request for millers and I do enjoy milling, but also have more time to help with this local charity.

How do you feel you have benefited from volunteering with FoWG?
I get a feeling of satisfaction that I have helped do my bit, and I enjoy the teamwork of milling.

Finally, tell us a surprising fact about the windmill that people may not know.

A rather negative one I am afraid ... How many local people are unaware of the windmill in Brixton, in spite of all the events, social media and general publicity.

I also love that the trap door hinges in the mill are leather to prevent sparking, as metal ones might.