High Salvington volunteers help build windmill sails

W35137H11 WH MILL GT 30.08.11.'' Salvington Mill ............. Bob Potts , Salvington Mill , and Charles Pearson  of Blatchington Mill .....W35137H11.
W35137H11 WH MILL GT 30.08.11.'' Salvington Mill ............. Bob Potts , Salvington Mill , and Charles Pearson of Blatchington Mill .....W35137H11.
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VOLUNTEERS at High Salvington have joined together to help build the sails for another windmill in Sussex.

Work to build four new sails for the West Blatchington Windmill, in Hove, began in April this year when Peter Casebow, technical director for High Salvington Windmill Trust, decided he and volunteers at High Salvington could help.

Wenban-Smith timber merchants, based in Newland Road, Worthing, supplied the wood and the volunteers at High Salvington Windmill have been shaping and turning it into sails before they are treated and painted.

Two of the sails are now finished and ready to be taken to West Blatchington, with the further two nearing completion.

Like the High Salvington Windmill, West Blatchington Windmill is part of the wind and watermill section of the Sussex Industrial Archaeological Society.

It was during a meeting of the society, last year, Peter suggested the idea of building the sails for West Blatchington, identifying it as a good training opportunity for the millwrights at High Salvington.

“The purpose of building the sails was to provide training to our millwrights.

“It’s nice to see another mill with sails on. I think it’s quite fun for those of us who have been involved.”