Great Chishill marks Windependence Day

John Wahlich, David McKeown, and Hazel Hayden were out with villagers celebrating Windependence Day in Great Chishill.

John Wahlich, David McKeown, and Hazel Hayden were out with villagers celebrating Windependence Day in Great Chishill. - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Crowds gathered at Great Chishill on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the windmill turning automatically to wind once again. 


Windependence Day - Great Chishill Windmill.Picture: Karyn Haddon

Great Chishill Windmill on Windependence Day - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Bill Griffiths, a millwright from Ipswich, has been restoring the Chishill landmark for four years and was present to see the culmination of his efforts, as chairman of trustees David McKeown released the fantail - which caught the wind and steered the mill gently to a new position.

Windependence Day - Bill Griffiths, Millwright.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Millwright Bill Griffiths has been working on the Great Chishill windmill restoration project for four years. - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Clarice Wahlick runs the raffle stall.Picture: Karyn Haddon

Clarice Wahlich ran the raffle stall at Windependence Day. - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Pop star Sam Smith returned to their childhood village and reopened the windmill back in 2019, after a portion of the work was completed.

Sam Smith returned to Chishill, where they spent their childhood, to reopen the windmill in 2019 after restoration work.

Sam Smith returned to Chishill, where they spent their childhood, to reopen the windmill in 2019 after restoration work. - Credit: Neil Heywood

The Windependence Day event, originally planned for July 4, was organised by John Wahlich and Hazel Hayden with volunteers.


Windependence Day - John Wahlick (Secretary), David McKeown (Chairman) and Hazel Heydon (Treasurer a

John Wahlich (secretary), David McKeown (chairman) and Hazel Hayden (treasurer and organiser). - Credit: Karyn Haddon

They offered picnic boxes, games, a raffle, windmill memorabilia and a chance to see inside the windmill. Village pub, The Pheasant, ran a bar and music was provided by The Melodybeats.

Windependence Day - Barry and Carlos enjoy a drink from the staff of The Pheasant Pub, Great Chishill

Barry and Carlos enjoy a drink from The Pheasant, run by Jenna and Stuart Johnson, on Windependence Day. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Karyn Haddon

The windmill will remain free to turn and the trustees plan to keep it maintained for the foreseeable future so, as David said when releasing the fantail, “Chishill now has the biggest weathervane in the district!”

Windependence Day - Neil Haywood and Lindsey Crawley enjoy the day out.Picture: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Neil Heywood and Lindsey Crawley enjoy the day out. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Ann Lillicrap and Ann Crawford serve a picnic lunch

Windependence Day - Ann Lillicrap and Ann Crawford serve a picnic lunch. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Rev Tony Miller, Glenna Miller and Mick Heyden enjoy the day out.Picture: Kar

Windependence Day - Rev Tony Miller, Glenna Miller and Mick Hayden enjoy the day out. - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - James and Kathryn Robinson enjoy the day out.Picture: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - James and Kathryn Robinson enjoy the day out. - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Great Chishill Windmill.Picture: Karyn Haddon

Great Chishill Windmill has its Windependence Day - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Great Chishill Windmill.Picture: Karyn Haddon

Windependence Day - Great Chishill Windmill. - Credit: Karyn Haddon



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