Big Help Out – Pitstone Windmill

The Big Help Out is a Coronation initiative, encouraging everyone to get involved and volunteer to help ensure that local communities thrive.

Pitstone parish council is often made aware of local projects and community groups that would welcome your time and involvement.   We also receive calls from residents that would like to volunteer but don’t know what opportunities exist.   So, we set up a database of opportunities. 

If you only have an hour or two a month, or have plenty of time on your hands, there is bound to be a role to suit you!    If you are a community group that would like some extra support, please do get in touch and we will add your details to the database.

As part of the Big Help Out, we’ll be featuring one local opportunity each day.

This unusual survivor is one of the oldest post mills in Britain. Pitstone windmill ground flour for the local village for almost three hundred years until a freak storm in the early 1900s left it damaged beyond economic repair.

Donated to the National Trust in 1937 Pitstone Windmill has been faithfully restored by a dedicated team of local volunteers. Today you can explore both the inner and outer workings of the windmill; including the massive post upon which the mill turns and the tail pole which the miller used to position the sails into the wind, while also taking in spectacular views of the surrounding Chilterns countryside.

National Trust would love you to join their team as a floor guide at Pitstone Windmill open days. With a friendly and inquisitive approach, volunteers unlock the stories for the visitors to enjoy, whether that is the intricate way that the mill worked or the history of the people that worked there.

Windmill volunteer poster

You can also access our full list of volunteering opportunities here (click to open full document):

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