Trustees of Ashdon Windmill have launched a fundraising campaign to ensure it reaches its 300th anniversary.

The 'Ashdon Windmill £30k to 300 years' project aims to restore the windmill, which was built in 1757 and last worked in 1912, to good condition.

Over the next few years, the windmill will be repainted to ensure that its weather-proof, helping it reach its milestone anniversary in 2057.

The trustees hope to reach their fundraising goal within three years, with the help of MP Kemi Badenoch, district and parish councillors, residents, businesses and visitors - as well as grants from regional and national bodies.

Saffron Walden MP Kemi Badenoch recently met with trustees at the windmill to discuss the preservation work they carry out on behalf of Ashdon residents.


The windmill is open on the second Sunday of each month from April through to October, and can be opened for groups on other occasions.

There is currently a small group of trustees, and they are looking to expand as well as welcome new volunteers on open days.

Ashdon Windmill can be illuminated for special occasions with a fundraising donation. The mill will be lit up for a wedding today and tomorrow (Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11) and on Sunday, May 12 for National Mills Day.