Volunteers at the
mill was run for 22 years from 1987 to 2008 entirely by volunteers
Friends of Shipley Windmill.
The Friends have been prepared to
give up their own free time to help open the mill to visitors. Volunteers
have carried out such tasks as taking the money and selling souvenirs at the desk, as
well as acting as guides on the various floors of the
With the aid of grants from English Heritage and a
other local and National charities, the
volunteers have helped with the restoration and
the maintenance of the building, and have carried out such
tasks as cleaning and painting, as well as repairs to the structure
and restoration of the machinery.
jobs, like making and painting smaller parts, have been done by volunteers
in their own home or workshop.
small group of mainly retired members have worked on the timber
each week throughout the year.
The last working party was held just
before the windmill closed, on July 15th 2009.
Now that the mill has been handed back to
its owner, it is his again his duty to maintain the windmill,
which is a Grade 2 star listed structure; that is a building regarded as
being of National importance by English Heritage.